Ross donates flags, flagpole to Shelton House
Judy Ross, Waynesville resident and proud American, recalls the flags that once graced the sky adjacent to the Museum of North Carolina Handicrafts in historic Shelton House. The state and national symbols have been missing for some time from the landscape of the lovely National Register landmark on the knoll at the south entrance into town. In order to restore the icons to their former location, Ross is donating a new flagpole, a North Carolina flag, and a United States flag to lend dignity and a sense of patriotism to the majestic setting. Carl Blanchard with Broward Flag and Display made the installation on Friday, June 21.
Ross has been a twenty-seven year patron of the museum, beginning when her sister Camilla McConnell served as the museum director after Mary Cornwell, museum founder, retired. Ross wishes to support the museum and its mission in commemoration of Cornwell, her sister, and others who worked so diligently to see that the museum became a reality. Whether serving as a docent at the Village of Yesteryear and Civil War events, overseeing the dining hall for the Ghosts and Goblets evening, serving food and beverage at the Appalachian Christmas program, Ross is a devoted helper. Ross is not a fastidious worker who performs only the prestigious volunteer duties; she shows no hesitation in becoming involved with the painstaking and dirty work involved with reclaiming dusty artifacts from lower levels of the barn. When members recently cleaned and set up new exhibits in the barn, Ross spent hours washing items and arranging them for display. In addition to her volunteer duties, Ross has also been a major contributor to the Shelton House garden project and is a Gold-level patron to the museum itself.
Museum Curator, Jackie Stephens, who has worked with Ross with other volunteer duties connected with the Hospital Auxiliary, states, “Ross is a dependable, generous, and loyal volunteer who is always available to assist in any effort and at any time. Ross embodies the role of ideal partner to the museum, making the job of running the facility and its programs easier and more enjoyable.” Operations Manager, Malinda Messer, says that the flags are a symbol of Ross’s devotion and generosity to Shelton House.