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Christian with the Tallassee afghan

THPS offers Tallassee afghan throws

By Leigh Anne Butler

The Talisi Historical Preservation Society (THPS) is offering a custom designed afghan that depicts historical sites of Tallassee.  The design is being sent to the weavers this week with completion expected for early to middle October, just in time for Christmas. 

The 100% cotton “Treasure on the Tallapoosa” afghan features ten historic Tallassee sites; the Clubhouse/Tallassee Library, Council Tree, West Side Mill/Confederate Armory, Benjamin Fitzpatrick Bridge, Old Mill (west side) Bell Tower, Tallassee Hospital, Hotel Talisi, Tallassee High School, Patterson Log Cabin, and Herren Hill Plantation.

“I feel like in those ten pictures it really does tell the history of Tallassee,” THPS member Ann Christian explained.  “The first photograph starts in 1811 and tells the history.”

“After we (THPS) sold a couple of our reproduction carbine guns, we had some extra money to complete this project, which has been in the works for some time,” Christian added.  “We sent our pictures to a weaver in the Carolinas.  They sent back several designs and we decided on the one we have today.”

“The afghan is 100% cotton and the yarn is processed in the United States.  It’s 54” wide and 72” long, which if you laid it out on a king size bed, you’d only have about a foot on either side or it would fit a queen size bed.  A lot of afghans you get are not big enough to cover a six foot man lengthwise, but this will.”

The THPS is planning on ordering at least 100 afghans, possibly 200, so that it can be an ongoing project.  The price is $80 each.    

“I think it would be a great Christmas gift or would be perfect for people who have graduated from Tallassee and have moved away,” Christian continued.  “I think it would have a lot of sentimental value.  It is also a great thing to go along with the Kiwanis Christmas ornaments.”

If you would like to order an afghan, contact Ann Christian at (334) 991-4034.  If no answer, you can leave a message that includes your name and telephone number.