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SW Mystery Group - The Willard House and Clock Museum

Thursday, November 08, 2018 10:30 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


“Tempus fugit” or ‘time flew by’ is what happened to the 9 members of the Southwest Mystery group when we took a fascinating tour of the Willard House and Clock Museum in Grafton, MA. The homestead became the workshop of the four Willard brothers: Benjamin, Simon, Ephraim, and Aron, all of whom made extraordinary ‘tall case’ or grandfather clocks and decorative shelf clocks starting in 1766. The most famous timepiece, the “banjo” clock, was invented by Simon Willard who received a patent signed by Thomas Jefferson in 1802. Another of his patents, the Alarm Timepiece or ‘Lighthouse’ clock is considered the first alarm clock produced in America (we can thank Simon for making the time we get up in the am much too accurate!!). A delicious lunch followed at the Grafton Grill. Despite the chill in the air, the sunshine warmed us making for a wonderful day.

Ellen W.


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