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Greg Caron upstairs in his barn with the inner-workings of the clock.  He collects and restores old objects for fun. Photo: Sarah Harris
Greg Caron upstairs in his barn with the inner-workings of the clock. He collects and restores old objects for fun. Photo: Sarah Harris

Listen: New York's oldest tower clock rings again

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For a long time, Greg Caron ran Greg and Molly's, a gas station and restaurant in Hopkinton. Now he's retired and spends his days tracking down old objects and bringing them back to life.

Last winter, Greg salvaged a 200-year-old tower clock from a church in Troy, New York. It was built by renowned colonial clockmaker Stephen Hasham, who delivered it from New Hampshire to Troy by wagon in 1816. When Greg got the clock, its bell hadn't tolled in 122 years.

Greg tracked down its history, cleaned it up, and sought help from machinists and clock experts. After lots of hard work, the clock can ring again.

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The restored tower clock—inside and out

The clock, from above. Photo: Sarah Harris.
The clock, from above. Photo: Sarah Harris.

The clock was built in 1816. It now hangs on the exterior of Greg Caron's barn. Photo: Sarah Harris
The clock was built in 1816. It now hangs on the exterior of Greg Caron's barn. Photo: Sarah Harris

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