2018 Trip travel blog

Clock peddlers let customers "try out" clocks for a few weeks

Clock peddler wagon

What's inside a wooden clock

E Howard Clock

Clock face for 1895 Howard Clock

Workings of Howard 8 day clock must be wound manually

Clockworks for clock on outside of building

Lots of clocks

Original Eli Terry clocks

Bristol CT clocks

Bridgeport CT clock

1695 watch from England

Watch history

Parquet craftsmanship

Pipe organ clock

Paper mache clock

Thomas Barnes early CT clockmaker, wife was accused of witchcraft

Eli Terry history

Dickory Dock clock

History of dickory dock clock

Bristol CT was the clock mfg center of the country

The day was really dreary and cool, could not see the tops of the mountains from the RV park and just was not a day we wanted to go to downtown Hartford. In the afternoon it stopped raining long enough for us to drive to Bristol and see the Clock and Watch museum. It is located in a 1728 building and then was added onto extensively. There are walls and walls of clocks. The docent gave us a tour pointing out the workings of the Howard 1895 clock that must be wound by hand and involves climbing on ladders as the weight is very heavy. The history of clock making is shown. Bristol was the center of clock making in the late 1700's and the evolution of early clocks with metal workings to ones with wooden workings that were more affordable made clocks available to more average citizens and was a great benefit. The museum houses many types of clocks and was just full of information. One board tells of a woman who was convicted of witchcraft and executed in Connecticut in 1663. We think of Salem, MA but apparently witches were found in other parts of New England as well.

Clock and watches are horological.

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