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On the Bright Side

August 9, 2013

Museum to display centuries-old artifact

Those who attend Cherry Valley Historic House tours Saturday are in for a rare treat, two members of the town’s historical association said Thursday.

The event is held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Purchase of the self-touring map available at the museum at 49 Main St. is $15.

The tour, sponsored by the Cherry Valley Historical Association and museum, includes five homes, one garden, the First Presbyterian Church and the Cherry Valley Museum.

In the museum will be a grandfather clock made in Scotland in 1728 and brought to this country in the 1740s by James Campbell, an early settler of the town, said historical association trustee Susan Miller.

It was at the home when the Massacre of 1778 occurred. Its pieces were hidden, and it was recovered later and had been there until several decades ago, when the owner moved to Connecticut to be with family because of his health, trustee Terry Cox said.

He met the clock’s current owner, William Campbell Waldron III, of Southport, Conn., when he stopped by chance at the museum last year. After a short conversation, Waldron identified himself as a descendent of the the town settler and owner of the clock. He became a life member and offered to bring the clock to Saturday’s event, Cox said.

“I am kind of anxious to see the clock,” Cox said. “If we had more notice, it would have been better advertised.”

It’s just for the day, but Miller said she is also looking forward to seeing the clock. “This is a piece of history that is still keeping time.”

The tours are done every other year. They are quite popular, especially with some of the houses included in a book of local history, she said. “It’s got a lot of people interested.”

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