"The Sundial"

"The Sundial" (HM5PO)

Location: Barnwell, SC 29812 Barnwell County
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Country: United States of America
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N 33° 14.627', W 81° 21.894'

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The oldest known device for the measurement of time,a sundial indicates time by the position of the shadowof a gnomon cast by the sun on the face of a dialmarked in hours. The gnonon is a flat piece of metal inthe center of the dial with its back pointing towards thenorth pole when in the northern hemisphere and facingdue south and with the upper edge slanting at an angleequal to the latitude of the location of the sundial.

Obtained from Mr.D.B. Haselton, Ironmonger, ofCharleston, S.C. this sundial was presented to thecitizens of Barnwell in September, 1858, by JosephDuncan Allen ( 1812-1880 ) benefactor and philanthropistof Barnwell, who served in the Florida Seminole IndianWar, Mexican War and Confederate Army, S.C. House ofRepresentives and S.C. Senate.

Atop the sundial, a cannonball rests which was used inthe Confederate War.

Although the adjacent courthouse was destroyed by firein 1865, the sundial survived and is in its originallocation. In 1918, a concrete curbing was added as aprotection against traffic hazards. The sundial wasrepainted, additional concrete reinforcement was addedat the base and after much research, this plaque wasdesigned and installed on June 3, 1986.
HM NumberHM5PO
Year Placed1986
Placed ByTown of Barnwell
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, September 30th, 2014 at 4:29pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 466006 N 3678372
Decimal Degrees33.24378333, -81.36490000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 33° 14.627', W 81° 21.894'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds33° 14' 37.62" N, 81° 21' 53.64" W
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Area Code(s)803
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 135-151 Main St, Barnwell SC 29812, US
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