Posted by Elaine Palmitessa on Feb 19, 2020
 
 
 
 
Speaker Presentation:  Conrad W. introduced the speaker – Louise Merriman, Chair – Biddeford Mill Clock Tower
 
One for the Clock – Friends of the Historic Biddeford Mill Clock Tower
 
Showed  a 1940 picture of the clock tower on the mill
 
History - 1831- Samuel Bacheldor came here as a developer and in 1840 purchased land. In 1850 the Pepperell Mill opened.   In 1853 the Clock Tower was built.  The Clock Tower weighs 26,000 pounds without the bell.  The bell was manufactured by the Pepperell Mill. The population at that time was 4,200 people in Biddeford and Saco.  The Clock Tower chimed for over 140 years. 
 
In 2007, the Clock Tower is chain sawed from its belfry.  Support from Biddeford High School students, passionate citizens and organizations. 
In 2014, endangered piece of history
In 2019, Group of Volunteers came together and their goal was to restore and preserve history
On January 3, 2020 the Clock Tower was moved to the Lincoln Mill waiting for restoration.  2021 is the date of its resurrection. 
 
 
THE BIDDEFORD MILL CLOCK TOWER ON THE RIVERWALK IN 2021
Buy A Brick: Commemorate a Mill Worker or loved one by buying a brick at the Clock Tower’s Foundation on the River walk.  4” x 8” Brick = $100    8” x 8” Brick = $250  12” x 12” Brick = $325.
 
 
Powerful Historic Icon- Built in 1853
8-sided clock tower is unique in New England
Communications center for all of Biddeford for over 140 years
Mill workers timed their lives by the Clock Tower
 
Alan Casavant – Mayor of Biddeford –Resurrect  Biddeford Mill Clock Tower-
“The Biddeford Mill Clock Tower is symbolic of the waves of Biddeford Mill workers who made our city what it is today.   By restoring it, we pay deep respect to this innovation and the mill workers who made this possible.”
 
If anyone would like to join – BIDDEFORDCLOCK.ORG
Volunteer- contact (207) 391-3091 or BiddefordMillClockTower@gmail.com
 
The cutting down of the historic Biddeford Mill Clock was Biddeford’s union station moment.
 
“Together let’s right this terrible wrong”
 
 
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