Saturday, November 8, 2014

Bell Tower

Each village in the Amanas had a bell tower near each end of the village. The bells inside rang four times daily, Monday to Saturday and three times on Sundays. During summer workdays the bells rang at 6 and 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 and 6:30 p.m. to end the day. On Sundays the bells rang at 8 and 11:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. A man that lived nearby was responsible for ringing the bells at the correct times, checking the accurate Regulator clocks at the railroad station or General store. Townspeople would set their home clocks and watches to the bell tower bell.  The sound of the bells ended with the close of the communal system in 1932.

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