The Main Street Department is extending the sale of the historic Dogwood Trails pint jars now until April 15.
Found last year tucked into the back of a local warehouse, the jars were produced in 1985 and feature a spray of dogwood blossoms on one side and “Texas Dogwood Trails, founded 1938, Palestine Texas” on the other.
“Due to popular demand, and because this year is the 75th anniversary, the Main Street Department will keep the jars out for little while longer,” Main Street Manager Laura Westgate said Monday. “We have sold almost all of them, but still have approximately 250 jars left. I would love to see them go to a home where they can be displayed.”
Jars are available at the following locations:
• Palestine Visitor Center, 825 W. Spring St., Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
• Artifacts Vintage Finds, 400 N. Queen St., Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
• Charles E. Dickens Fine Jewelry, 100 W. Oak St., Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
These collector items were produced at the former Palestine Glass Plant, which began life as a Knox Glass Bottle Company in July of 1941. A news report of the time stated that the plant was built in a former cotton field off what is now West Oak Street. Boasting a 90-ton furnace and the most modern glass making equipment of the time, it produced containers for soft drinks, foods, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, extracts, wines, liquors, fruit and beverages.
Each hand-carved iron mold was made by artisan glass worker Jimmy Cheatham, with a new mold crafted each year of production (1980-1985). A true artist, Cheatham would sculpt the design in “reverse” so that the image displayed correctly after molding.
“This is not only a part of history,” Main Street board chair Jean Mollard said. “They are a beautiful piece of craftsmanship. I know that Knox glass is widely collected and this would make a great addition to any collection, and a lovely memento of Palestine.”
All proceeds from the sale of the historic jars helps with revitalization projects in the Main Street district. One project fully funded by the jar sales was the purchase of one-of-a-kind metal art banners. There are currently six installed from the Anderson County Courthouse through the downtown area, with six more scheduled for this fall.
For more information on the local Main Street program visit www.facebook.com/palestinemainstreet, or call 903-723-3014.