Washington Memorial National Carillon National Patriots Bell Tower
Washington Memorial Chapel (Episcopal) Valley Forge National Historical Park Port Kennedy Road (PA Highway 23) near Quarry Road Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, USA LL: N 40.10468, W 75.43767
Doug Gefvert (C) 413 Jean Drive King of Prussia, PA 19406-3908 H: (610)265-1462 W: (610)265-5211 E: firstname.lastname@example.org*Past carillonists:
1953-85: Frank Péchin Law (1918-1985) 1985-99: Frank Della Penna (C)
Washington Memorial Chapel P.O. Box 98 Valley Forge, PA 19481-0098 T: (610)783-0120 F: (610)783-0330 E: admin/@/wmchapel DOTorg
Sundays at 0930 and 1130; before National Society DAR State Services, and for special events; guest recitals Wed. 1930 Jul-Aug. Tower open daily 10-5.
Bells installed incrementally over many years; the first 14 formed the Star Spangled Banner National Peace Chime. Original instrument reinstalled in present tower in 1953; A.Bigelow built new keyboard. 6 basses below cabin; all bells hung on timber. Tower also houses The Justice Bell, a full-size replica of the Liberty Bell, cast in 1915 by Meneely/Troy. Graveyard holds remains of F.P.Law and his ancestors on both sides.
Traditional carillon of 58 bells Pitch of heaviest bell is A# in the bass octave Transposition is nil (concert pitch) Keyboard range: A#G / A#A There are no missing bass semitones There is a non-identical practice console The instrument was enlarged in 1963 with 2 bells made by Paccard Prior history: In 1953, the instrument was enlarged to 56 bells by Paccard (28 bells were added in and/or remain from that work.) In 1931, the instrument was enlarged to 37 bells by Meneely/Wvlt (14 bells were added in and/or remain from that work.) In 1926, the instrument was begun with 14 bells by Meneely/Wvlt (14 bells remain from that work.) No auxiliary mechanisms known Tower details not available Year of latest technical information source is 1991
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