Volunteer organization works to preserve the Todd community

Christina Day

January 23, 2014

For nearly 15 years, the Todd Community Preservation Organization (TCPO) has worked to create a sustainable community while preserving Todd’s history, cultural heritage and natural beauty.

Formed in 1999 as a fundraising arm for the Todd Ruritan Club, the TCPO has become a volunteer-driven entity committed to maintaining the community, which sits on the border of Ashe and Watauga counties.

“In the last decade, the Todd Community Preservation Organization has grown into its own, developing its own projects and producing freestanding events in the Todd community,” said Linda Foulsham, a member of the TCPO.

The organization owns and maintains the Walter and Annie Cook Memorial Park in downtown Todd and the 10-acre Todd Island Park, located in the South Fork of the New River, about three miles east of downtown.

“It is only through the generosity of full and part-time residents, as well as visitors, that any of that is possible,” Foulsham said.

TCPO is funded primarily through donations and an annual fundraising concert which is held in August.

“Doc Watson was the featured performer at our annual fundraising event for many years,” Foulsham said. “In 2012 and 2013 the Kruger Brothers, Wayne Henderson, Charles Welch and others performed at a fundraising tribute concert to Doc.”

The organization also solicits donations at summer concerts in Cook Park and holds a yard sale and silent auction on Memorial Day weekend. Members of the TCPO provide volunteer assistance to organizations that sponsor events in Todd each year, including road races and marathons, the Liberty Parade and park and river clean-ups.

“The TCPO sponsored concerts in the park last summer had a fantastic turnout,” Foulsham said. “For the first time, cash donations and profits from the sale of food and merchandise covered the cost of the summer concert series.”

The concerts in Cook Park will resume in the spring on June 21 with a performance by the King Bees.

Foulsham said the organization will continue to maintain the parks and offer recreational space for residents and visitors to enjoy the natural resources in the Todd community.

The TCPO Board of Directors holds a monthly open meeting on the second Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Todd Mercantile.

“Guests are welcome and we are always looking for volunteers to assist with planning and staffing the summer events as well as other community events throughout the year,” Foulsham said. “We appreciate the generous support and participation of local residents and visitors.”

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Christina Day may be reached at 336-846-7164 or on Twitter @cdayinwj