As some may have heard, St. Raphael’s has a new addition! A 50-pound cast iron bell, over 100 years old, now sits at the entrance to the Williams Street chapel. In the 19th and early 20th centuries, such bells were used for communication between farms, to call in field hands for dinner, and to sound alarms. They became obsolete by 1910 once tractors came into use.
The bell has been donated to St. Raphael’s by Peter and Delores Heyd. Bought in the early 1960’s by Delores’ father, Woody Hahn, it was mounted in front of their family home in western North Carolina for almost 60 years and rung mostly on special occasions. Now that Peter and Delores have journeyed 800 miles with it to the beach, it is rung five minutes before church begins at 10 am each Sunday and then again after the service.
If you happen to be in the neighborhood, you are likely to hear its pleasant sound.
Rev. Dr. John Adler
Saint Raphael’s Episcopal Church