Attic Clock


Don’t forget that on March 8, all the clocks will “spring forward” for daylight saving time. The time will move ahead by one hour and we’ll lose an hour of sleep. But we’ll gain extra sunlight and the pleasure of knowing that spring is near – it arrives on March 19 to be exact.

The clock pictured above, however, will not be springing forward or backward. It has laid untickably dormant for what appears to be decades.

This was one of the many interesting artifacts I got to explore wandering around the large attic of William Floyd’s mansion in Mastic, Long Island.

General Floyd (1734-1821) was a Founding Father who served under George Washington during the American Revolutionary War. Floyd was one of the 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence. His home was visited by James Madison and fellow Declaration-signer Thomas Jefferson.

Although the clock is old, it is not an 18th century artifact. It is of more recent vintage as Floyd’s descendents, remarkably, lived in the house continuously up until the 1976 American Bicentennial when they donated the house and property to the National Park Service (NPS).

This photograph is a rare view as the attic is not part of the house tour given by the NPS. The image has also never been exhibited or printed before.

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Published by Xiomáro

Nationally exhibited artist, photographer, speaker, teacher, and curator. Author of "Weir Farm National Historic Site" (Arcadia Publishing).

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