The 2017 War Eagles Christmas Ornament – Commemorating 61 Years at old Davie County High School


2017 ornament intAs family and friends gather together for Thanksgiving this week, the 2017 “War Eagles Christmas” ornament is a perfect gift idea for this holiday season.

This ornament commemorates Davie County High School, the sole traditional high school in the Davie County system for 61 years. Established in 1956, DCHS has been home to many generations of students and was the educational foundation for much success throughout our community and beyond. The walls of this school hold many stories and memories and we are grateful to be a part of its history. This ornament, in celebration of our original county-wide high school, serves as a perfect reminder of that legacy as we transition to a bright and exciting future at the new high school.

Ornaments may be purchased for $8.00 at Bank of the Ozarks, BB&T, Foster Drug Co., Daniel Furniture, Mocksville Town Hall, and the Davie County Chamber of Commerce. Checks are accepted and should be made out to Town of Mocksville.

The “War Eagles Christmas” ornament is the 27th in a series of annual ornaments commemorating a landmark, a tradition, or a memory of Davie County. The series began in 1991 with a glass ball ornament depicting the Davie County Courthouse. Local artists created each of the designs and also sold prints. The 2012 Celebration of Trees ornament marked the transition from glass to pewter.

27 Years of Davie County Historic Christmas Ornaments
1991    Davie County Courthouse
1992    Old Davie County Jail
1993    60th Anniversary Downtown Oaks
1994    Old Davie County Courthouse 1837-1922 SOLD OUT
1995    Old Log Cabin  SOLD OUT
1996    Main Street  SOLD OUT
1997    Old Bank of Davie
1998    Cherry Hill Church
1999    Cooleemee Plantation
2000    Everest Building
2001    J.P. Green Milling
2002    First Presbyterian Church
2003    First Methodist Church
2004    Center Arbor – 1876
2005    Junkers Mill
2006    Advance Methodist Church
2007    Fork Baptist Church
2008    Mocksville High School  SOLD OUT
2009    Martin Brothers  SOLD OUT
2010    Millers  …NOTE ONLY 2 LEFT
2011    Daniel Furniture
2012    Celebration of Trees  SOLD OUT
2013    Let It Snow  SOLD OUT
2014    Snowflake
2015    Tractor  SOLD OUT
2016    Fire Truck
2017    Old Davie High School War Eagle commemorative

These ornaments from previous years will be available after Thanksgiving at Town Hall for $9.00.
The 2017 ornament was designed and dated by House of Morgan Pewter, owned and operated by Kent and Martha Morgan of Mount Airy, NC, whose pewter ornaments are featured and for purchase from Our State Magazine ©.

House of Morgan Pewter
The Morgan’s interest in pewter occurred after watching craftsmen working in pewter during a visit to Colonial Williamsburg in 1978. They returned home and did quite a bit of research and then tried casting small pewter objects. They are entirely self-taught, with trial and error being their primary teacher. For the first 17 years, this was a part-time venture. In 1997, Kent resigned his job in accounting from a textile company. Martha retired from teaching English at Mount Airy High School in 2000. They both now work with pewter full time and have exposure throughout the Southeast.  Our State Magazine features their pewter ornaments and some jewelry pieces.

The craft of casting pewter has been around for over 2,000 years.  This art reached its pinnacle in Europe in the eighteenth century.  The House of Morgan continues this tradition by employing the finest craftsmen in Europe and the United States to carve original designs for its detailed Christmas ornaments.  Using these designs with old world distinction, the House of Morgan casts each ornament by hand, maintaining old world tradition and maximizing the detail, quality, and beauty of hand cast pewter.

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