Historic Pelham

Presenting the rich history of Pelham, NY in Westchester County: current historical research, descriptions of how to research Pelham history online and genealogy discussions of Pelham families.

Friday, January 20, 2006

The Fire Bell in the Tower of Pelham Manor Village Hall

The bell in Pelham Manor Village Hall tower was designed as a "toller". Set in a stationary mount, a bell hammer is mounted beneath and can be operated by a rope from the base of the tower.

The bell is engraved as follows:

"Van Gilder & Kirk
Buckeye Bell Works
Village of Pelham Manor"

Though today Pelham Manor residents catch their collective breath when they hear the Village fire horn, for many decades our predecessors cringed at the tolling of the Village Hall fire bell.

Below is a post card view of the new addition to Village Hall added in 1922. It clearly shows the bell tower and the bell within.

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