Our Society has been supporting, through contributions from its resources and donations from members (like you), the replication of the bell that once hung and rang from the tower of the early church on Jamestown Island. That bell has been replicated and will be displayed and played at the commemoration events this coming July.
Bonnie Hofmeyer, our Executive Director, recently was among the Jamestowne Rediscovery group that welcomed the replicate bell to where the fragments of its progenitor was found and used for the replication. Jamestowne Rediscovery has described how it happened.
Bonnie said: “The Jamestowne Society was delighted to help fund the recreation of this important early bell, which many of our members’ ancestors heard. Visitors to Historic Jamestowne will soon be able to hear a sound that the first settlers knew well.”
Bonnie has shared photos of the event:
You can also hear Bonnie ring the bell in this very short (12 second) Facebook video by Cindy Deuell.