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Winnsboro Town Clock

Winnsboro‘s town clock has run for over 100 years, making it the longest continuously running clock in the United States. The building containing the town clock was built as a public market in the 1820s. A duck pond occupied the land it was built on and the property was donated to the town by Robert Cathcart.

Winnsboro Town Clock

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The South Carolina state legislature authorized its construction but limited its width to 30 feet, giving the building a distinct resemblance to Independence Hall in Philadelphia. The works for the clock were ordered by the town from Alsace, France, in 1837. The French craftsmanship has withstood the test of time and the clock has run continuously for 100 years. This makes it the longest continuously running clock in the United States.

Winnsboro Town Clock Painting

Gene Brigman of Lexington, 2007 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Above is a painting of the Winnsboro town clock was executed by Gene Brigman. Gene writes: “Town Clock Remembered is an acrylic on canvas painting finished in April of 2007. Having called Winnsboro home for most of my 60 years, I remember that this town clock was the focal point. I’ve heard all of my life that this is the oldest continuously running town clock in the US. I don’t know if it’s true, but true or not, outside of my family, it is one of the strongest memories of growing up in Winnsboro.”

Winnsboro Town Clock

Mark Clark of Winnsboro © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

The tower bell was also made in France and in days of old was rung to let everyone know that fresh meat had arrived. The bell was repaired in Philadelphia shortly after cracking in 1895.

Winnsboro Town Clock Info


Address: 100 Congress Street, Winnsboro, SC 29180
GPS Coordinates: 34.380610,-81.086196
Website: http://fairfieldchamber.sc/

Winnsboro Town Clock Map

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7 Comments about Winnsboro Town Clock

Xoxo says:
March 10th, 2017 at 11:30 pm

Beàuty lies in the eyes of the beholder

Samuel Banister says:
September 21st, 2014 at 5:25 pm

I ride by it every day; it is not that amazing.

Sitrena Smith says:
November 27th, 2017 at 2:41 pm

Yes it is, my Grandmother Emma and John Johnson lived there and I would visit every summer! I loved that clock.

Scott Johnson says:
March 11th, 2014 at 11:40 am

My wife and I recently day-tripped up from Columbia to poke around Winnsboro. We’ve been here fifteen years and have yet to see downtown. Never made it past the strawberry patch. We fell in love with Winnsboro; it is a beautiful little town with charm and appeal.

Tyiesha says:
March 6th, 2013 at 10:01 am

It is so pretty, I want to come and see it one day!

Sitrena Smith says:
November 27th, 2017 at 2:42 pm

Me too!

Walter Jones says:
January 28th, 2013 at 3:31 pm

I now live in Florida but still miss the tone of that bell!




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