PARIS — Since the ‘Annual Commemorative Paris Hill Egg’ fundraiser has become so popular the ‘2024’ egg, third in the series, has been hatched early and is now available for purchase. They will make great stocking stuffers, hostess gifts, or a holiday gift for those difficult to buy for on your list. The eggs are now being shipped to collectors coast to coast and internationally.

The ‘2024’ egg features the Old Oxford County Jail which now serves as the Hamlin Memorial Library and Museum on Paris Hill. The image depicts the jail as it appeared in 1822. The Old Oxford County Jail has survived many architectural transformations over the years but still retains the original granite blocks quarried in Oxford and dragged up Paris Hill over frozen ground in the winter. The iron bars, doors, and strappings are original to the jail. The second floor is dedicated to a collection of Paris Hill historical artifacts and the first floor serves as a public library.

One hundred percent of the money raised by the sale of this year’s eggs and handmade cherry stands will support yet another major historical restoration project slated for the Paris Hill Academy. Last year’s Egg helped finance the new Academy roof. Now that the roof of the building is secure restoration can begin on the inside of the building. The leaking roof caused damage to the second-floor ceiling, walls, and stage requiring ceiling repair, new drywall, and paint. These repairs, while necessary, will also showcase the privately funded restoration of the circa 1892 Grand Drape adorning the stage, a truly historical masterpiece.

Wells Wood Turning & Finishing, located in Buckfield, manufacturer of the White House Easter Eggs, is the same company that makes the Paris Hill eggs for this fundraiser. As an added bonus, you can purchase the eggs locally and support a local business.

For a donation of $10.00 to the non-profit organization, ‘Paris Hill Community Club’, you will be presented with the 2024 “Paris Hill Egg”, the third egg in the collectible series. Handmade wooden egg stands are available for $2 to showcase your commemorative egg. Eggs and stands can be purchased at Speedway, Inc. in Oxford, or for more ordering information, please visit Place your orders early so the eggs can be delivered before Christmas.

Move over ‘Christmas Pickle’ and make your Christmas tradition a ‘Paris Hill Commemorative Egg’ as we continue to restore our historical buildings ‘One Egg At A Time’.

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