MC Chamber's 2021 Christmas ornament is available

The Mount Carroll Chamber of Commerce is selling its annual holiday ornament. The 2021 edition is the Emmert House/Stone House Memorial Park built in 1841.

Limited numbers of the 2021 edition are on sale now for $15 each. The decorative ornaments are available at City Hall, Mirror-Democrat, Mount Carroll Banking Center, Mount Carroll Pharmacy and Shaw's Express.

Mount Carroll ornaments from previous years are on sale for $5 each. Ornaments from some the years are sold out.

The Stone House was constructed by David and Susan Emmert and was the first to be constructed from the area's native limestone.

David and Susan Emmert are considered to be one of the true founders of modern-day Mount Carroll, having helped erect the first gristmill in the region.

The house includes a clear water spring in the cellar along with a huge fireplace, which at one time had a beehive oven.

Nancy and John Gmitro first saw the house in 2004 and later purchased it. Other community members became involved after flooding caused an entire wall to collapse in 2007. Together, they worked for several years restoring the house and grounds.

A dedication to celebrate the completion of the project was held on Sept. 4.

The 27 Mount Carroll Christmas ornaments include:

•1995-Carroll County Courthouse (1858 building).

•1996-Galena Street Bridge.

•1997-Caroline Mark Home.

•1998-Mount Carroll Public School (1908 building).

•1999-Mount Carroll Public Library.

•2000-Metcalf Hall (Shimer).

•2001-Hotel Glenview.

•2002-Owen P. Miles Museum.

•2003-First Baptist Church.

•2004-City Hall.

•2005-Colehour Elevator.

•2006-Kraft Building.

•2007-United Methodist Church.

•2008-First Lutheran Church.

•2009-Pharmacy Center (Squires Building).

•2010-Mirror-Democrat.

•2011-Ideas & Designs (Fay F. Christian Furniture Building).

•2012-American Legion Home (Allison House).

•2013-Herrmann House (corner of Clay and Broadway).

•2014-Mount Carroll Post Office.

•2015-Ivey Monuments.

•2016-Wachtel Building.

•2017-Molly's Kitchen & Bar.

•2018-Clark Carroll Insurance Agency.

•2019-Soldiers’ Monument.

•2020-Community House.

•2021-Emmert House/Stone House Memorial Park.