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Clock on landing Entry with clock on the landing

In 1877 Longfellow acquired an ornate eighteenth-century Dutch clock that he placed in Colonial Revival fashion on his front hall stair landing, possibly inspired by the tremendous popular response to his poem, "The Old Clock on the Stairs"  written in 1843.

(The clock that inspired the poem was in the Pittsfield, Massachusetts home of Fanny Appleton Longfellow's grandfather.)

Longfellow wrote to his friend George Washington Greene,

"... When you come to Cambridge you will find George Washington brought down from his station on the stairs, and standing in the hall below, where he can be better seen. ... [The clock’s] silver chimes will lull you to sleep at night. At the half-hours it strikes the coming hour, to give timely warning. The hours are struck on a larger bell, and the chimes ‘shiver the air into a mist of sound.’ ... This is my latest plaything."

Closeup of clock Clock detail
sound icon Hear the clock play a tune and chime 4:00. (57 seconds)  

 


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