Family and friends gathered Sunday afternoon at Rye Patch for a ceremonial unveiling of a special portrait.

A painting of one of Aiken’s most esteemed residents, Dorothy Knox Goodyear Rogers, used to hang in the dining room of Rye Patch, a home that had been purchased by Knox Goodyear Rogers and her husband Edmund Rogers in 1939. They added a wing to the residence, the out buildings and the carriage house.

Dorothy Knox Goodyear Rogers died in 1980, and her children donated the home and 10 acres to the City of Aiken.

It was through the efforts of the Trustees of The Friends of Hopelands and Rye Patch Inc. that a portrait of Dorothy Knox Goodyear Rogers will once again hang in its rightful place.

Roland Windham, the late Aiken city manager, had a great passion for Rye Patch and Hopelands, and one of his career highlights was the acquisition and development of the properties, said Korhonen. The Windhams were present on Feb. 6, 1983, for the official ribbon-cutting ceremony when Rye Patch was officially opened to the public. Kitty Windham, a Friends of Hopelands and Rye Patch trustee board member, donated the three arrangements of Red Roses at Rye Patch for Sunday’s ceremony.

The 10-acre estate continues to have an important presence as it serves as the site for weddings, receptions and meetings.

Mayor Fred Cavanaugh read and presented members of the Goodyear family with a proclamation.

A former president of The Friends of Hopelands and Rye Patch Inc., Beth Newburn, was the individual who spearheaded the project, and who thought there should be a portrait of the woman whose warmth and graciousness made Rye Patch a welcoming place.

“It always bothered me that they didn’t have a visual remembrance here for her other than a plaque,” said Newburn. “I said, ‘Can we get a copy and have a giclee reproduction made?’”

Newburn was charged with the responsibility, and having been made point person on the project, contacted members of the Goodyear family, who had the original portrait hanging in Denver, Colo., which was then photographed by a professional photographer, with the photos being sent to Aiken resident, photographer and artist Shelly Marshall Schmidt, who then made a giclee reproduction of the oil painting.

Michael Smart of M Smart Custom Framing framed the portrait.

“The work that was done by Shelly Schmidt in the reproduction is fantastic,” said Korhonen. “It will be hung in the dining room. It’s what Rye Patch is all about.”