Sundials - World's Oldest Clocks

North American Sundial Society


Sundial: 852
State/Province:  North Carolina Country:  USA
Dial Type:  Equatorial Condition:  Excellent
  Latitude:   34° 13.690' N Longitude: 77° 52.497' W
  • On the campus of the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, in the courtyard between DeLoach Hall and Randall Library
  • This is a bronze hemispherical equatorial sundial approximately 30 inches in diameter. The wide equatorial band is delineated every quarter hour and has cast Arabic numerals as hour markers from 6am to 6pm. The meridian band is inscribed with markers for the solstices and cross-quarter days.

    The sundial was a gift from the Reda Family to the Department of Physics. The sundial courtyard is the site of a public solar viewing session hosted by the Department of Physics on the two Fridays closest to the spring and autumn equinoxes.
General Information:Inscription:
  • Owner: University of North Carolina
  • Fruere Hora (Enjoy the Hour)
  • Designer: Ralph Reda and Brian Davis
  • Builder: Kenneth Lynch and Sons
  • Construction Date: 2015

Last Revised: 2017-02-05 12:20