Who doesn’t love the Clock?
It’s got all of the character of a great old lady who knows she’s past her prime, but won’t admit it. She stubbornly refuses to modernize her look. She doesn’t get her facts right most of the time anymore, but her beauty and charm cause us to overlook those minor flaws.
She’s more useful these days as a cheerful welcome to all who approach town, whether the visitor whose heard of this Town-Time-Forgot place and is now assured of its truth (because thanks to her, time truly stands still), or the world-weary summer person whose heart sings at sight of her, knowing he’s at last left the grind behind.
The Clock has more to her background than most know. (A small plaque sits at the base, but only gives the briefest details.)
The Clock was purchased by Joe Wilkinson to create a symbol of the town’s re-birth during the 1970s and as an effort to add vintage appeal to the Village center. It originally stood in front of Oppenheimer’s Jewelry Store in Shenandoah, PA. Joe purchased it for $1000 and refurbished it before having it reassembled on site in December 1974.
Joe Mosbrook recounts in “Looking Back at Eagles Mere:”
“The Clock was the type that many towns used to mark the “official” local time before 1883 when the requirements of railroad schedules created standard time zones and a standard time. In earlier days, different communities often ran on somewhat different local times.”
Considering that cottages in Eagles Mere only began being built a decade before then, the prior existence of a town clock would have been doubtful.
So aren’t we glad that Joe Wilkinson wasn’t concerned with historicity? We can’t imagine the Town without our little Lady Liberty beckoning to …
“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.”
Fitting, don’t you think?
Bill and Leslie
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