- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 8, 2014

NEWBURGH, N.Y. (AP) - A historic bell is on public display at a Hudson Valley college campus after being restored following damage sustained during Superstorm Sandy.

The Times Herald-Record of Middletown reports (https://bit.ly/1vVBE7I ) that the 500-pound bell was unveiled Monday at its new home at the Orange County Community College in the city of Newburgh.

The bell was made in 1841 and hung inside the cupola of the Orange County Courthouse in Newburgh. Local historians say the bell was rung to announce special occasions.

In 1973, the bell was removed during courthouse restoration work and stored in the basement of the other county courthouse in Goshen. The bell was partially submerged when stormwater from Sandy flooded the basement.

An $8,000 grant from a private foundation paid for the restoration work by a local sculptor.

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Information from: The Times Herald-Record, https://www.th-record.com


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