CUMMING — A collection of modern items and historical documents will be put away this week for a long, long time.
At noon Friday, a capsule containing both historical photographs and modern items will be interred at the new Forsyth County Courthouse, which opened in March. The time capsule will hold items from several local organizations that want to show future citizens what life was like in 2015.
“We’ve got a little bit of everything,” said Robin Rooks, court administrator for the Bell-Forsyth Judicial Circuit. “We’ve got things from all kinds of nonprofits around, some of the civic organizations, elected officials, employees. We’ve had just citizens come up and want to add things.”
Construction of the five-story courthouse began in July 2013. It, along with a new four-story jail across East Maple Street and two nearby multi-level parking decks with hundreds of spaces each, was funded through an extension of the 1-cent sales tax program that voters approved in a November 2011 referendum.
The first $100 million from the sales tax is going toward the structures. The jail is scheduled to open in July.
Rooks said the courthouse time capsule will contain objects relating to Forsyth and national publications that show what is currently popular.
“Some of the things we have are maps of the county,” Rooks said. “We’ve got local high school sports paraphernalia, photos, pictures of the old courthouses and other historical buildings in the area.
“We’ve got pictures and magazines about the favorites of 2014. We’ve got Time, Consumer Reports, People Magazine, The Economist.”
Some local elected officials have also written letters to the future residents of Forsyth County.
“Those were pretty interesting,” Rooks said. “We’ve got [some from] the judges, the members of the [county] commission, some lawyers from around town, school superintendent, tax commissioner, a little bit of everybody.”
The brief ceremony Friday also will include the dedication of six benches, paid for by local Rotary Clubs, outside the courthouse.