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11 Willard Street
North Grafton MA 01536


The Willard House & Clock Museum is a historic place with festive roots, right in the heart of Massachusetts. Come visit us for a guided tour of our museum.

Time & Timekeeping-Presented by David Gow

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Time & Timekeeping-Presented by David Gow

  • Willard House and Clock Museum 11 Willard Street North Grafton, MA, 01536 United States (map)

Horology is defined as the science of measuring time and the art of making instruments for indicating time.  We will look at how important time was through the ages and the development of the timekeepers by which they measured it.

 Born into a family of craftsmen in Aberdeen Scotland, David continued the tradition by serving a five-year apprenticeship as a joiner and cabinetmaker. This traditional background, formed the foundation of almost forty years in the field of horology.

David has devoted most of his time to restoring clocks from the 18th and early 19th centuries. For almost 25 years he has held the position of Conservator at the Willard House and Clock Museum. His clients include, historical societies, museums, the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives in Washington, D.C.. He has taught restoration skills to students, with an emphasis on sensitive conservation/restoration techniques. He also has lectured, including the annual Robinson Lecture at the Willard Museum.

He is presently engaged in manufacturing the movements and cases for six Massachusetts shelf clocks-a long awaited dream.

His family includes his wife Barbara and two sons. He and his wife are avid sailors, having cruised four winters aboard their sailboat Podjo, in Florida and Bahamian waters.

FREE with museum admission

Earlier Event: May 3
Clock Winding
Later Event: May 8
Copy of Once Upon a Story Time