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Old Meetinghouse Bell Chimes in Honor of Veterans

At 11:11 on the 11th day of the 11th month, November, the Old Groton Meetinghouse Bell rang 11 times to salute the Veterans on the 101 anniversary of Armistice Day. Photo by Steve Lieman

 

At 11:11 on the 11th of November, the Old Groton Meetinghouse Bell rang 11 times to salute the Veterans on the 101 anniversary of Armistice Day. The bell has been saluting and honoring Veterans of all wars going back to the French and Indian War in 1755 - 1763.
     The bell situated in its original cradle above the clock is an 1128-pound bell cast for the meetinghouse by Paul Revere and Son in 1819. This replaced the original 500 pound bell purchased in 1730 for the third meetinghouse.
The Old Groton Meetinghouse, aka First Parish Church of Groton, has recently completed an extensive historic restoration. The original 1809 town clock was restored by Phil D’Avanza so that it again rings the hour as it had for 210 years.
     This work was funded with donations and grants from First Parish Church, from CPA (Conservation Preservation Act) fund, MPPF (Mass Preservation Projects Fund) and from the Old Groton Meetinghouse Preservation Fund along with many private donations.
Allen King
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