Rutland County Courthouse is 2007 holiday ornament

The ninth in the series of Downtown Rutland Limited Edition Pewter Ornaments, featuring the Rutland County Courthouse, is now on sale. Each year a historical and architecturally significant downtown building is selected as a holiday ornament. Designed by Vermont company Danforth Pewter, the replica depicts the intricate details of the building. John Cain designed the building which was required as the previous courthouse had been destroyed in an 1868 fire that swept through a portion of Main Street. Cain possessed a range of talents as he also served as the editor and publisher of the weekly Rutland Courier. When completed, the clock tower stood in the center of the structure before being moved forward to its present location in 1888. Workers started construction in 1869 and finished it in 1870. Only 250 replicas are available for purchase this year and the cost is $11.00 plus tax. A small number of replicas from previous years are still available for $10.50 plus tax. These can be purchased at present through the Downtown Rutland Partnership office which can be reached at 773-9380. County Courthouse replicas can be purchased at Essential Alternatives, The Sandwich Shoppe, Tattersalls, Book King, Freeman Marcus Jewelers, Hawleys Florist, Desjardin Jewelers, Aubuchon Hardware or at the Downtown Rutland Partnership office at 103 Wales Street in Rutland.

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