(York, PA) – This morning, after our normal routine of breakfast, blogs, and emails, we headed to nearby Columbia to visit the National Clock & Watch Museum. The traffic through York was bumper to bumper due to a Harley-Davidson festival in town this weekend. We passed this long line of Harleys going in the other direction. The line was at least a half mile long!
The Watch & Clock Museum is one of the reasons we wanted to come to this area. Jim is really into wristwatches, and I'm into clocks. The small town of Columbia is very charming, with New England style architecture on most of the buildings. With the help of our GPS we arrived at the museum.
This place is a dream for us both. There’s so much information and so many clocks and watches that we were there several hours. Pictures tell it all. Here’s a few of our favorites. (Click on any photo to enlarge.)
The tall clocks
Statue type clocks
Desk and mantle clocks
A clock shop set up as if it was in the 1800’s, even with the sounds of horses going by.
This clock was just plain fascinating. It had little balls that would roll down ramps like a pachinko machine, and a turning wheel that would move the gears.
This one was called the 8th wonder of the world. A man named Engle spent 20 years to build it. A member of the museum staff demonstrates it. On the quarter hours and at the top of the hour it performs various shows, mainly religious-based. There's Jesus and the 12 disciples that go marching from one door to another, the devil makes an appearance, and various other things, all while a built-in pipe organ plays music. Amazing clock.
There were clocks from the 1400’s to 2010. Several from the 1700's are still running and were accurate.
Many, many pocket watches
The special exhibit that Jim was looking forward to is called, "Watches, James Bond Watches." Jim is a huge James Bond fan and he heard about this exhibit months ago. The exhibit had examples of all the watches that were worn by James Bond and other characters in the Bond movies.
Along with watches there were some original manuscripts of James Bond novels, including this original typed manuscript of "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" as typed by Ian Fleming on his portable typewriter. He had his original manuscripts bound in leather, and you can see a couple of others underneath the open one.
These are some of Ian Fleming's personal copies of the Bond novels, and some hand-written correspondence. The watch you see on the right side of the photo is Ian Fleming's personal Rolex.
Jim was like a kid in a candy store... I didn't think he'd ever leave! :)
We would have stayed longer but we were both hungry. We found a neat little local restaurant down the road and had some lunch. After we got hom did the laundry. We were both running out of clothes. It’s been awhile.
This day was what full timing is all about. Something we read about, wanted to see, and arranged our travel plans to make it happen. We haven't mentioned it lately, but we love this lifestyle! :)