Singing Tower anniversary

singing tower

May 21, 1987The Luray Singing Tower will mark its 50th anniversary this year with a series of special events, it was announced this week.

C. Holt Maloney, public relations director for the 50th anniversary committee, released a preliminary schedule of celebratory events.

The Luray Singing Tower — officially the Belle Brown Northcott Memorial — contains a carillon of 47 bells.

It was presented to the Town of Luray with an endowment to provide for its maintenance and for recitals in perpetuity by the late Col. T.C. Northcott and his daughter, Katherine Northcott Graves, in memory of Col. North- cott’s wife, Belle Brown Northcott.

The tower was officially dedicated Nov. 13, 1937.

The 47 cast bronze bells came from the Taylor Bellfoundry of Loughborough, England.

The carillon’s largest bell weighs 7,640 pounds and is six feet in diameter.

The smallest is 12-1/2 pounds.

Total weight of the carillon bells is 36,170 pounds. 

~ From the public archives of the Page News and Courier

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