The Macland Plantation Bell

The Macland Plantation Bell (HM21EV)

Location: Opelousas, LA 70570 St. Landry Parish
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N 30° 31.877', W 92° 4.46'

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circa mid to late 1800s

Major Amos Webb, who built Arlington Plantation in nearby Washington, Louisiana, bought additional land near the north bank of Bayou Bouef in 1836, and built Macland Plantation for his son, Dr. Louis Archibald Webb in circa 1842.The Thislethwaite Planting Co., Ltd. bought the land in 1912 and the family members lived there until 1920, before moving to Opelousas. The family relocated the bell to Opelousas for safe keeping and in 2001 donated the bell to Le Vieux Village.Identification on the supports of the bell shows that it was manufactured in Hillsboro, Ohio at Bell's Foundry, a company which became famous for its production of steel alloy bells. Bell's Foundry, which is located about 60 miles from Cincinnati, Ohio, was primarily known throughout history as a bell manufacturer under the guidance of a family fittingly named Bell.The bell of the plantation was used to announce the time of day, for school, work and meals. This particular bell is identified as having a yoke of 28 inches in diameter weighing 294 lbs. The weight of the bell and mounting is 450 pounds, to say the least. The list price in 1895 was $50 which was for a complete bell that included a wheel for rope without any extra charge. A trolling hammer, when ordered, was $5 extra.The bell was shipped by wagon from Cincinnati via water using the Ohio
River to the Mississippi River. From here, passage was provided through Bayou Plaquemine (Louisiana) and the sand bars of the Grand River to Bayou Courtableau via the Atchafalaya Basin.
HM NumberHM21EV
Placed ByCity of Opelousas Louisiana
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Date Added Monday, September 4th, 2017 at 4:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15R E 588800 N 3378022
Decimal Degrees30.53128333, -92.07433333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 30° 31.877', W 92° 4.46'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds30° 31' 52.62" N, 92° 4' 27.6" W
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Area Code(s)337
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 801-899 US-190, Opelousas LA 70570, US
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