Our 200 Year Old Revere Bell
Our Shim Gwang Sa Temple holds a piece of American History. The bell hanging in our bell tower was made by Paul Revere’s son, Joseph in 1821. Paul Revere, known as a Patriot in the American Revolution, started casting bells in 1792. In the early 1800s, Paul Revere’s son Joseph traveled to Europe to study bell casting. Over the years the Revere foundry went on to make hundreds of bells for churches, ships, court houses, schools, town criers, and factories.
In “The Bells of Paul Revere, his sons & grandsons” by Edward and Evelyn Stickney (Revised Edition 1976), on page 21 our bell is described as follows:
1821 First Parish Church, Brighton, Mass. – 1115lbs.
REVERE BOSTON 1821
First Parish of Brighton
To replace Revere bell of 1809