Sundial: 461
State/Province:  Maryland Country:  USA
Dial Type:  Horizontal Dial Condition:  Excellent
  Latitude and Longitude: 38° 59.990' N  77° 5.617' W
  • Walter Reed National Medical Center (formerly Naval Medical Center Bethesda). Outside the south entrance.
  • A simple but elegant horizontal bronze dial approximately 18 inches in diameter. This is a Farenholt sundial, a standard design placed by RADM Farenholt at U.S. Naval Hospitals. The outer chapter ring shows the motto, followed by a chapter ring with raised hour lines and half-hour lines with Arabic numerals. The dial tells time from 6 AM to 6 PM. The accompanying plaque reads, "Cast especially for the Naval Hospital at Brooklyn, New York. This bronze sundial stood on the grounds from 1924 until the hospital was disestablished in June 1948" The dial is reclined by two degrees to accommodate the latitude of Bethesda, MD. The dial sets on a simple cylindrical pillar. Original estimated as lat 40 deg 41'N, lon 73 deg 57'W.
General Information:Inscription:
  • Owner: Bethesda Naval Medical Center
  • Inscribed,
    non numero horas nisi serenas
    (I count only the sunny hours)
    United States Naval Hospital Brooklyn New York
  • Designer: RADM Ammen Farenholt
  • Builder: US Navy
  • Construction Date: 1924
  • NASS Other Sundials of the Greater Washington Area, 1995
    c.f. Bethesda Naval Dials 461 and 462
    c.f. Bethesda Naval Dial 258

Last Revised: 2022-08-17 16:38