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Stow  

Sundial: 48
State/Province:  Massachusetts Country:  USA
Dial Type:  Vertical Dial Condition:  Excellent
  Latitude and Longitude: 42° 26.216' N  71° 30.510' W
Location:
  • On the south wall of Stow's Elementary Central School, 403 Great Road, Stow MA 01775. Dial is visible as you drive into the school parking lot.
 
Description:
  • The dial was originally high on the south gable of a stone building called the Apple Barn that was located on the grounds of Stow's Center School. Extensive renovations and new buildings were done in 2010 and the Apple Barn itself had to be demolished. The dial was moved to the south-facing wall of the new school's southernmost wing. The dial has hour lines from 6am to 6pm with Roman numerals at each hour. The gnomon radiates from a plain diamond in the center of the dial and the dial face is constructed of white painted clabbered wood.
 
General Information:Inscription:
  • Owner: Nashoba Regional School District
  • Originally above the dial was the inscription "Count only sunny hours" That motto no longer exists. Below the original and now on the current dial is the motto "Disce ut semper victurus. Vive ut cras morturus" [Learn as if you were going to live forever. Live as if you were going to die tomorrow.]
  • Designer: unknown
  • Builder: unknown
  • Construction Date: Relocated to new school building 2010
 
References:
  • Mayall, p.130

Last Revised: 2021-04-05 22:54

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