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Swett's Welcome to Stuarts Draft Sign Fund

Thinking back more than 20 years ago, John Swett remembers the challenge he faced when trying to direct visitors to Stuarts Draft. The community didn’t have a gateway sign, and John, together with his wife MarilyThinking back more than 20 years ago, John Swett remembers the challenge he faced when trying to direct visitors to Stuarts Draft. The community didn’t have a gateway sign, and John, together with his wife Marilyn (now deceased), decided they “could do something to fix that.”

They immediately sprang into action, raising donations, coordinating with a Stuart’s Draft High School art class to design the signage, and getting approval from VDOT. In short order, the Swetts succeeded in fabricating and placing two signs, located at the north and south entrances to town on Rte. 340. Since 1989, when the signs were first erected, they’ve bolstered community identity and pride. However, the signs require regular upkeep, including painting, landscaping, and periodic replacement (all being done now by John).
“I created the fund because I want make sure that after I can no longer take care of the signs, that they will still be looked after,” says Swett. Earnings from the fund will go to Ruritans who have agreed to maintain the sign after John steps out of his role. “I’m thrilled to report that the fund has been growing like gangbusters,” says Swett, and “donations are welcome!”n (now deceased), decided they “could do something to fix that.”

They immediately sprang into action, raising donations, coordinating with a Stuart’s Draft High School art class to design the signage, and getting approval from VDOT. In short order, the Swetts succeeded in fabricating and placing two signs, located at the north and south entrances to town on Rte. 340. Since 1989, when the signs were first erected, they’ve bolstered community identity and pride. However, the signs require regular upkeep, including painting, landscaping, and periodic replacement (all being done now by John).

“I created the fund because I want make sure that after I can no longer take care of the signs, that they will still be looked after,” says Swett. Earnings from the fund will go to Ruritans who have agreed to maintain the sign after John steps out of his role. “I’m thrilled to report that the fund has been growing like gangbusters,” says Swett, and “donations are welcome!”

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