Sundials - World's Oldest Clocks

North American Sundial Society

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Sundial 408
State/Province:  New York Country:  USA
Dial Type:  Henge Condition:  Excellent
Latitude:   43° 04' N Longitude:   77° 18' W
Location:
  • Cornfield east of Rochester, near Macedon NY. Follow 31 east to Canandaigua Rd. North about 4 miles to Eddy Road. One mile east to Long Acre Farms.
 
Description:
  • A cornfield maze for the summer of 2000 at Long Acre Farms. Theme called "Lost in Time" features a number of sundials. The 400 x 500 foot cornfield maze, called the "largest living sundial", is in the form of a smiling sun with 12 corn hedge "rays" from 8 am to 6 pm that align in azimuth to the hour and half hour for Labor Day, 2000. Within each hedge is a vertical pole holding an "Eye of Kala" (an annulus) 12 feet above the ground that casts a spot of light across a hedge clearing at the appointed time to a sign at ground level. At the center of the maze is a horizontal dial with a 12-foot gnomon. This gnomon forms part of the smiling sun's nose when seen from the air. Just outside the corn hinge is an analemmatic sundial for visitors to tell time before going through the hinge. In the hinge, visitors are given a small altitude card dial that tells Eastern Daylight Time from June - Oct. Admission fee.
 
General Information:
  • Owner: Longacre Farms
  • Designer: Ian Marshal, Robert Kellogg and Hal Brandmaier
  • Builder: Doug and Joan Allen of Long Acre Farms
  • Construction Date: Jul-00