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Striking of the Great Clock Gong View Interactive Version ]

Two sets of weights operate the Great Clock at Monticello. One set is connected to the gears that move the hands of the clock and is used to mark the days of the week. The other is connected to the gears that run the striking mechanism. The striking gears are also connected to a wire that runs up into the attic and into a small cupola on the top of the Northeast Portico's pediment that houses a "chinese" gong.

Today, the sound of the striking gears drowns out the sound of the gong for visitors in the Entrance Hall. But Peter Fossett, who was born into slavery at Monticello, recalled that the gong could be heard in the lower parts of the plantation.

FormatFlash Video
CreatorThomas Jefferson Foundation
DateOctober 2004
Image OwnerThomas Jefferson Foundation, Inc.

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