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Barnwell Sundial | Barnwell SC

We drove to Barnwell to check out the Barnwell Sundial and arrived as the first wind bands of Hurricane Florence reached the area. Regardless of the wind, the morning was perfect, and Barnwell’s downtown was beautiful. We marveled over the fact that the sundial was, indeed, showing us the correct time, within a few minutes, and it correctly showed that it was the 14th day of the month. The town of Barnwell SC created a picturesque courtyard to highlight the sundial, and it makes a gorgeous place to take a break and enjoy a wonderful day in small town America. We hope you enjoy this episode of Stories, Secrets and Sagas!


Interesting Facts About The Barnwell Sundial

  • 1 The Barnwell Sundial is the only freestanding, vertical sundial in the United States.
  • 2 Global Standard Time was established in 1884 – 26 years after the sundial was erected. This makes the Barnwell Sundial ahead of its time!
  • 3 A cannonball that was used in the American Civil War sits at the top of the sundial.
  • 4 The benefactor of the sundial, Joseph Duncan Allen, was a Captain in the Confederate Army and served in the South Carolina House of Representatives and the South Carolina Senate.
  • 5 The Barnwell Sundial survived a fire in 1865, even though the courthouse adjacent to it was destroyed.

Visit the Barnwell Sundial | Barnwell SC

Barnwell Sundial
141 Main Street, Barnwell SC 29812

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