View My Stats

2009 was our 50th Year!

Old Dominion NAWCC Chapter 34


Sunday, June 10, 2018

Meeting Location

Fort Magruder Inn and Conference Center
6945 Pocahontas Trail  •  Williamsburg, Virginia

The meeting and luncheon will be held in Hill’s and McClellan’s rooms on the front (street side) of the hotel.

10:30 AM Exhibit Opens
  Mart Opens
11:15 AM Program Part I
12:00 Noon Luncheon
Following Lunch Business Meeting
  Program Part II

Program #1

Willard Connections: Luther Goddard #462 Pocket Watch

Luther Goddard was born February 28, 1762, in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts. He was the cousin of Simon Willard and is thought to have apprenticed under him as early as 1778 at the age of 16. He is recorded as working Shrewsbury in 1784 through 1817 as a clockmaker, watchmaker and as a silversmith. In 1809, he relocated his shop to Shrewsbury Hill. His shop here was one story and had a hip roof. It had a lean-to on the back for the casting process. It is in this location that he began to manufacture pocket watches and is credited as being the first American to make a significant attempt to do so. His silvered case examples are thought to have originally sold for approximately $60.

In this video from the NAWCC Webinar Series, NAWCC Museum Director Noel Poirier examines the Museum’s Luther Goddard pocket watch. Noel discusses the history and importance of Luther Goddard, provides detailed images of the watch and compares the watch with other examples of Goddard’s work.


Program #2

Willard Connections: Musical Clock Exhibit
at the Willard House & Clock Museum

In 2013, the Willard House & Clock Museum hosted Keeping Time: Musical Clocks of Early America 1730-1830, an unprecedented exhibit of nearly three-dozen early American musical and chiming clocks. These fully functioning mechanical marvels were all made before 1830. To our forefathers, a musical clock playing recognizable songs on a set of finely tuned bells was an awe-inspiring creation. People gathered in homes and public places to dance and sing to the tunes they played. They were so intriguing that people often paid to hear them play. Early tall-case clocks capable of playing music are extremely rare.

In this video, Guest Curator Gary R. Sullivan, nationally recognized clock specialist, takes us on a tour of the exhibit.



Previous Programs

Richard Robinson, President
James Wynne, Vice President
Judy Draucker, Secretary Contact Judy
Janet L. Tyler- Treasurer

Future Meeting Dates

February 10, 2019 April 14, 2019
June 9, 2019 August 12, 2018
October 14, 2018 December 9, 2018


CHAPTER 34 HISTORY 1954 - 1984