Chapel bell, Norridgewock, ca. 1700

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Chapel bell, Norridgewock, ca. 1700

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Tradition has it that this bell came from the chapel that Father Sebastien Rasles had built in the village of Norridgewock in the early 1700s.

After a raid on the village in 1721 it is said one of the Indians helping to bury the dead hid this bell. It was found in 1808 under a decayed hemlock, taken to Norridgewock and later given to the Maine Historical Society.

Rasles (1657-1724) was a Jesuit priest living and working with the Native Americans in the late 1600s and early 1700s.

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About This Item

  • Title: Chapel bell, Norridgewock, ca. 1700
  • Creation Date: circa 1700
  • Subject Date: circa 1700
  • Town: Norridgewock
  • County: Somerset
  • State: ME
  • Media: Copper alloy, photoprint
  • Local Code: A83*4
  • Object Type: Physical Object

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Maine Historical Society
485 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101
(207) 774-1822 x230

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