Sharon Clock Tower Letterbox LbNA # 10297
|Placed Date||Aug 22 2004|
|Planted By||JPH the Leaf Lady|
|Last Found||Jun 29 2015|
NOTE: This box was repaired and replaced, with a new log book. We rescued what we could from the old water logged book, the Clock Tower has had some great visitors. As a kind reminder, please reseal the box well to prevent water getting into it in the futre.
Driving directions: You will find the Clock Ttower in Sharon, CT at the junction of Route 41 and Route 343.
Clues: Take a few minutes to study the beauty and history of this wonderul town Clock Tower. From the brick clock tower, cross the street to the Sharon war monument. Follow the row of granite pillars that points west to the end. 15 steps west from the last pillar, you will see a large pine tree. From the large pine tree, you will see a 5(ish) fingered cluster of trees. Just behind to the west side of the cluster of trees, you will find the Clock Tower Letterbox under two small rocks. Please reseal the box tightly, and replace the two rocks on top of the box after you have stamped in. Try to be discrete retreiving and rehiding the box from passerby's.
Historic Sharon clock tower is suddenly silent
- Sharon's old clock tower, built in the late 1800s, has lost its chime. The clock still keeps perfect time -- it just no longer rings every hour as it used to. The clock's striker mechanism is worn out. It's nothing like anything that's available today, The town had the clock company give them an estimate on the price for putting in a new striking system, The company, quoted $7,845 for their series 161 striker. The Town is hesitant on whether to update the striker with modern technology because of the cost and questions of historic integrity. Three doors down from the clock tower is an Episcopal church. They have a bell tower and play chimes with some regularity. The tower was built by a group called the Clifford Brothers between 1885 and 1886, It was built under the direction of architect Charles Rich of Lennox, N.Y. It was built as a memorial for Emily Butler Ogden Wheeler. Wheeler's daughters, Emily and Laura, donated the tower to the town. The tower has two colors of stone in it. The gray granite came from a quarry a mile south of Goshen, while the red sandstone came from a quarry in Potsdam, N.Y.