Old City Exchange Bell

Old City Exchange Bell (HM2PK)

Location: Savannah, GA 31401 Chatham County
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Country: United States of America
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N 32° 4.84', W 81° 5.398'

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This bell, which is believed to be the oldest in Georgia, bears the date 1802. Imported from Amsterdam, it hung in the cupola of the City Exchange from 1804 until a short time before that building was razed to make way for the present City Hall.

In its day, the bell signaled the closing time for shops and was rung by a watchman when fire broke out. Its rich tones were heard in celebration of American victories during the War of 1812.

It pealed a welcome to such distinguished visitors to Savannah as Monroe, LaFayette, Polk, Fillmore, Clay and Webster and it tolled tributes for America's illustrious dead.

The tower of the City Exchange, where the bell hung, was a favorite resort of those anxious about arrival of vessels. The replica of the tower in which the historic bell presently reposes was erected in 1957 through the combined efforts of the Savannah Chamber of Commerce, the Pilot Club of Savannah and the Savannah-Chatham Historic Site and Monument Commission.
HM NumberHM2PK
Series This marker is part of the Georgia: Georgia Historical Society/Commission series
Marker Number25-41
Year Placed1957
Placed ByGeorgia Historical Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, October 25th, 2014 at 6:17am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 491509 N 3549380
Decimal Degrees32.08066667, -81.08996667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 4.84', W 81° 5.398'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 4' 50.40" N, 81° 5' 23.88" W
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Area Code(s)478, 912
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2978-2998 River Street Access, Savannah GA 31401, US
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