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Hyde bell project begins; items sought for time capsule

The pad where the Hyde County Courthouse Bell display will be built is ‘seasoning.’ Nearby, pallets of cinder block, bricks, and mortar await the brick masons. Photo by Swan Quarter Volunteer Fire Department

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Construction on the Swan Quarter Volunteer Fire Department’s Hyde County Courthouse Bell Project began on Aug. 7. 

This landscaped park between the government services building and the Mattie Arts Center will be dedicated to past and present Hyde County water men. The project is being financed with the help of generous donations and fund-raising events.

The group is still raising funds for this project.  Donations can be sent to the Swan Quarter Volunteer Fire Department, Attention: Hyde Bell Project, PO Box 97, Swan Quarter, NC 27885.

The bell display itself will be dedicated to the “People of Hyde County.”

Hyde County native and architect Ben Cahoon’s rendering of a side view of the Hyde County Courthouse Bell display.

Project committee members are seeking Hyde County memorabilia to be placed in a time capsule in the bell display for future generations to open. All appropriate items will be considered, but there is a space limit due to the capsule’s size.

“Photos, newspapers, letters, currency and videos are some of the things that come to mind that would let future generations learn about Hyde County in the 21st century,” said Swan Quarter Fire Chief Jeffrey Stotesberry, who is part of the group that began the fund drive last year.

To contribute an item, contact committee member Clare Baum at 252-926-2261 or c.baum@earthlink.net no later than Aug. 21.

For a prior story on this project, click here.

The old Hyde County courthouse bell will soon have a new home outside the Hyde County government services building in Swan Quarter. Photo by Swan Quarter Volunteer Fire Co.

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