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The Tower Clocks of Newburyport: Program at Museum of Old Newbury

In London, Big Ben is down for repairs.  In Newburyport, we have eleven of our own “Big Bens” – some just as old, and most still working!  On Thursday, April 26, join local historian Jack Santos at the Museum of Old Newbury to learn more about these tower clocks of Newburyport.  The program will begin at 7:00pm, preceded by a reception at 6:30.

In an era of the Internet, smart phones, and digital watches, we take “time” for granted.  Yet, historically, our tower clocks were key to shipping and industry – critical for Newburyport ship captains to calibrate their navigation, and the reference for factory schedules, because “time is money”.  Hear the fascinating stories of the clocks themselves and the people that made them possible, from an era when, literally and figuratively, time was at the center of our community.

Jack Santos is a Newburyport history aficionado.  He has done extensive research on Newburyport’s Wheelwright family, and started the popular “If This House Could Talk” Yankee Homecoming event. Jack believes (until proven wrong) that Newburyport, for a city its size, holds the world record for number of tower and street clocks in a one-mile radius.

“The Tower Clocks of Newburyport” is free and open to the public, but reservations are recommended due to limited seating; contact 978-462-2681 or  This program is sponsored in part by a grant from the Institution for Savings.


Assistant Director
Museum of Old Newbury
98 High Street
Newburyport, MA 01950

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