Missing Numbers and Split Wood. What you should know....
The Dow Clock and Tower has been an iconic symbol of Franconia for generations. This charming clock is part of childhoods, scenic photos and memories. It needs repair, and a maintenance fund for the future. If you have ever enjoyed this beautiful clock in the center of the village of Franconia, or are a fan of historic tower clocks, please help us repair it properly and keep it for the future.
Funds raised at Town Meeting will repair the inner clock works, but your contribution is needed for the clock faces, structure, and for future cleanings and repairs.
- Your contributions will help repair the faces of the clock, which are missing numbers and minutes, and the wood which is split and peeling.
- Any money above the goal will be used to set up a maintenance fund for the future
- Your contributions go directly into The Dow Fund Account. Thank you to the Connecticut River Bank for hosting this account.
Contribute today, and help protect this historic and beautiful part of Franconia for the future.
Even if you can't contribute, please help get the word out about our goals and fundraising efforts. By sharing this with your friends, you can help a lot.
We've only got one month left to fundraise on this site, but the work's been going on awhile
Details of the multi-year Dow Clock project:
We have just one month left to fundraise on this site, but it is only one part of the multi-year project.
Last year the roof was repaired with funds raised by the Town and the Dow Academy Condo Association.
This year money was raised at Town Meeting ($10,000) to repair the inner workings of the clock, which had not been cleaned in more than 20 years.
Your contributions are now needed for repairing and replacing the clock faces and supports.
Some funds have been raised through the efforts of Town employees and those who love the Clock, for the faces and structure, but more is needed to get the project started. That's where you come in. Can you help?
If we can reach our goal, we'll be able to complete the clock. If we raise more than our goal, we'll set aside the extra money for repairs and maintenance fund for the future.
How the Children of Franconia acquired the Clock and Bell....
The children were given the clock by Charles Greenleaf, after the new Dow Academy was built (to replace the original structure burned in 1902.) Colonel Greenleaf was an important businessperson in town, as he owned the Profile House Hotel. A decade later, he donated the library in town, named for his wife, Abbie Greenleaf.
The bell that rings on the hour was donated by Henry Noyes, and the Town's children were allowed to climb the tower and ring the bell on special occasions.
Other Ways You Can Help
Please get the word out by sharing with the Indiegogo Share tools, or ask your friends to search for "Repair the Dow Clock" on Indiegogo.com. The Clock needs your help.