1801 Paul Revere Bell & Clock at the Old South Meeting House

Paul Revere Bell and Clock

Paul Revere, Bell, 1801; installed here 2011

Clock, 1766; restored 2009

Preservation Achievement Award, 2010 (Clock), 2012 (Bell)

An historic clock at the Old South Meeting House had been silent since the original bell was removed when the congregation sold the building in the 1870s. The clock, which was built in 1766 and restored in 2009, is the oldest American-made clock in the United States still in operation in its original location. The replacement bell is quite rare; forged in 1801 at Paul Revere & Sons Bell and Cannon Foundry in the North End, it is one of only forty-six surviving bells made during Paul Revere's life.

This Paul Revere bell has had several homes since it was cast, most recently in a Westborough church that was dissolved and the building sold. In the move to the Old South Meeting House, the headstock and frame were preserved, and the clock strike mechanism was restored. Other missing parts were thoughtfully recreated with the highest quality materials.

The 876-pound bell was installed in October of 2011 and rang out in celebration to mark the anniversary of the Boston Tea Party. The bell can be heard ringing hourly from Old South Meeting House, just as it did in the colonial era.

Source: Boston Preservation Alliance