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Seney Hall Clock Tower


Seney Hall Clock Tower Oxford College, GA.

George I Seney invested more than a quarter-million dollars into Emory College, helping to erect the Victorian Gothic-style administrative building in the center of Oxford College that bears his name, The Seney Hall.

The bell in the Seney Hall clocktower is the oldest permanent monument at Emory University today. Cast in 1796, the bell was a gift from Alexander Means, the fourth President of Emory College, who in turn received it from Queen Victoria. It arrived at Oxford in 1855 and was hung in Oxford’s original administration building, Old Main.

Seney Hall was completed in 1881. At that point, the bell was hung in the clock tower of Seney, where it remains to this day. The bell, which is made of copper and tin, weighs about 500 pounds. On one side is a cross and on the other is a figure of the Virgin Mary with her hands folded in prayer. There are several inscriptions in Latin and Spanish, including a short poem, The old bell has been an important part of the history of the college and the town and many memories are associated with it. It has struck regularly every half hour for most of the college's history.

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33.62005000, -83.87138889

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Taylor, George Lansing, Jr.; Lance Taylor; Photographers -- Florida --Jacksonville; Photograph collections -- Florida -- Jacksonville; Seney Hall Clock Tower; Oxford College; Oldest monument; Alexander Means; Bell; Newton County (Ga); College campuses --- Georgia --- Oxford.


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