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March
21

National Watch & Clock Museum-BHHS Homesale Realty

For some 42 years (more than 367,920 hours), the National Watch & Clock Museum has been helping visitors to Lancaster County have a good time. From a humble origin of only about 1,000 timepieces, the museum now features 12,000 clocks, watches, timekeepers, and novelty items related to time-telling. As you peruse Columbia homes for sale, be sure to stop by this "largest and most comprehensive horological collection in North America."

The Exhibits

The museum is laid out chronologically (did you expect it any other way?) with pieces dating back to Stonehenge, itself thought to be a timekeeping device. The exhibits take you through the entire history of timekeeping technology from early non-mechanical devices like sundials and henges to today's atomic and radio-controlled clocks.

Plenty of displays capture children's imaginations; many more intrigue and educate older audiences. From divining seasons from the motion of stars and planets to setting our watches to seconds-per-century accuracy, the exhibits explain both the concept of time and our technology to measure it. 

Collecting Philosophy

Respect for the artistry as well as the science behind amazing, intricate timepieces is a driving philosophy of the museum, which is still accepting donations of interesting, important pieces. The collections are international in scope, with space given to Asian, European, and African timekeeping objects. 

The museum has a plan for expanding its collection, so visitors can appreciate the entire history of innovative steps forward in marking ever-finer fractions of time. 

Hourly Work

The museum is large enough that twice yearly events like "spring forward, fall behind" are major chores. Most of us set perhaps five clocks in our homes. The museum has 90 timepieces that need to be reset! 

For pendulum clocks (and this pro tip may help out homeowners with grandfather clocks), the easiest way to fall back is to stop the clock for an hour, then restart its pendulum swinging. 

Party Time

The museum may sound a bit stuffy, but it is anything but. Lively times abound with special events like the museum's Clocktail Party, the Clockwork Festival, and Time Talk. 

The Clocktail Party is on Thursday, March 21 at 6 p.m., giving participants a chance to make a unique clock for kitchen, bedroom, or bath. For $30 you get wine, beer, or a signature Clocktail with light hors-d'oeuvres, while you construct your very own functioning clock. All clockmaking supplies are furnished, and additional beverages are available for sale. 

This Clocktail Party is not for kids — 21 and older, please, and the party is limited to 40. Pre-register by calling 717-684-8261 ext. 211, or by emailing giftshop@nawcc.org.

Time Talk is an irregular series of presentations focusing on one aspect of timekeeping. The January offering was on the museum's astounding Engle Clock. The next Time Talk is March 16 at 11 a.m., with a topic to be decided. 

Clockworks Festival

New to the museum is the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors (NAWCC) first annual Clockworks Festival Saturday, April 13, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.   

Visitors can enjoy food trucks, vendors, music, lectures, and more when they attend. Children and adults can participate in games, get behind-the-scenes looks at the museum and its collections, and win prizes. 

If the time is right for you to find a safe new home for your watches and clocks in Columbia, Pennsylvania, please allow our real estate agents to show you the town. At BHHS Homesale Realty we pride ourselves on taking time to learn about our clients' needs, whether that takes mere minutes or delightful hours. Please contact us today to see how we offer timely help in house hunting. 

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