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Manchester  

Sundial 416
State/Province:  Vermont Country:  USA
Dial Type:  Vertical Condition:  Excellent
Latitude:   43° 11' N Longitude:   73° 03' W
Location:
  • On the border of Manchester and Dorset, VT. Located on the side of a barn on RT 30 heading into Dorset
 
Description:
  • A beautiful vertical declining dial, done in white lines and numerals on the side of a red barn. Made of metal and wood, the overall height is about 15 feet. The dial has a clean, modern design using tapered hour lines and simple gnomon. The Arabic numerals for each hour are graded in size to match the size of their hour line, with the largest at noon and the smallest at 8am and 5pm.

    The Manchester Journal reported that "the sun clock was installed the day before Thanksgiving 1999, with final adjustments being done just as the sun went down."
 
General Information:
  • Owner: Don Dorr, Dorr Oil Inc. Dorset
  • Designer: Glenn Simmons
  • Builder: Glenn Simmons, Architect
  • Construction Date: Nov-99
 
References:
  • The Manchester Journal, Friday Jan 14, 2000 Vol 140 No. 2 "Manchester Barn Becomes Region's Biggest Clock" by Annette Sharon
    NASS Compendium "Sightings?A Gift To Vermonters", p. 23 No. 1, Vol. 8 March 2001