Annual ornament highlights Cordova
by Jennifer Cohron
Nov 18, 2012 | 3514 views | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Pilot Club of Jasper’s Christmas ornament for 2012 highlights historic landmarks in Cordova, including Indian Head Mills, the Long House and Long Memorial Methodist Church. Photo by: James Phillips
The Pilot Club of Jasper’s Christmas ornament for 2012 highlights historic landmarks in Cordova, including Indian Head Mills, the Long House and Long Memorial Methodist Church. Photo by: James Phillips
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The newest installment of the Pilot Club of Jasper’s annual ornament series pays tribute to the history of Cordova.

Three landmarks are depicted on the ornament – Long Memorial United Methodist Church, the Long house and the iconic smokestack of Indian Head Textile Mills.

The ornaments are available now. They are $20, and $1 from each sale will be donated to the Walker County Long Term Recovery Committee.

The Cordova ornament marks the first time in the history of the series that the Pilot Club selected a community rather than a specific landmark. This is also the first year that the Club will be sharing proceeds from one of its most popular and successful annual fundraisers.

“We had never thought about doing a whole community before until the disaster in Cordova,” said Gina Nichols, a Pilot and Cordova native. “The committee decided that they wanted to do the church, but they wanted to include a little more too. So we added the house and the mill.”

The church and house are named for Cordova founder Captain Benjamin M. Long. Long also provided the land necessary for the operation of Indian Head Textile Mills, which was responsible for the city’s rapid growth at the turn of the century.

The church was constructed across from the Long home in 1912 with funds from Long’s estate that his heirs committed to the project. Both structures stood for 100 years overlooking the city as a twin memorial to Long and his wife.

On April 27, 2011, the church was destroyed in an F4 tornado that struck in the afternoon. A new church has since been constructed on the same site, and the first services were held in it this fall.

The house also suffered severe damage on April 27 but is being restored by local lawyer Andrea Pate and her husband, Jeremy.

The smokestack was torn down in the early 1990s.

To purchase one of the Cordova ornaments, contact any Pilot Club member or call Nichols at 221-2576 extension 222.

The Pilot Club also has the following ornaments from previous years still available: Boshell’s Mill, Posey’s Store, Bankhead Heritage House, Walker College, Woolworth/Elmore’s.

Other ornaments from the series include the Bankhead home (Sunset), First United Methodist Church, Sherer’s Drive In, Walker County Courthouse and Walker County High School. However, these are no longer available unless 50 prepaid orders are received.