Governor requests Southampton County ornament

Published 5:44 pm Saturday, July 11, 2015

In advance of the far off, but quickly approaching holiday season, the Executive Mansion and Gov. Terry McAuliffe have announced “Celebrating Virginia’s Localities” will be the theme of this year’s holiday tree. The Virginia Association of Counties has contacted Southampton County Administrator Michael W. Johnson, as well as administrators in 323 other cities and counties within the state to request locally made, handcrafted ornaments.

The theme is open to the county, however, it is suggested that the ornament depict some unique feature from the county. For example, a monument, a historic home, a person, an event or natural feature that is or was prominent in the county.

The board of supervisors is looking to a local woodworker to create an ornament that depicts the Southampton County courthouse. For those interested in submitting a design, contact Johnson at 653-3015.

The mansion will open to the public with the Capitol Tree Lighting ceremony on Friday, Dec. 4.