“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Opelousas in St. Landry Parish, Louisiana — The American South (West South Central)

The Macland Plantation Bell

circa mid to late 1800s

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August 26, 2017
1. The Macland Plantation Bell Marker
Major Amos Webb, who built Arlington Plantation in nearby Washington, Louisiana, bought additional land near the north bank of Bayou Bouef in 1836, and built Macland Plantation for his son, Dr. Louis Archibald Webb in circa 1842.

The Thislethwaite Planting Co., Ltd. bought the land in 1912 and the family members lived there until 1920, before moving to Opelousas. The family relocated the bell to Opelousas for safe keeping and in 2001 donated the bell to Le Vieux Village.

Identification on the supports of the bell shows that it was manufactured in Hillsboro, Ohio at Bell's Foundry, a company which became famous for its production of steel alloy bells. Bell's Foundry, which is located about 60 miles from Cincinnati, Ohio, was primarily known throughout history as a bell manufacturer under the guidance of a family fittingly named Bell.

The bell of the plantation was used to announce the time of day, for school, work and meals. This particular bell is identified as having a yoke of 28 inches in diameter weighing 294 lbs. The weight of the bell and mounting is 450 pounds, to say the least. The list price in 1895 was $50 which

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was for a complete bell that included a wheel for rope without any extra charge. A tolling hammer, when ordered, was $5 extra.

The bell was shipped by wagon from Cincinnati via water using the Ohio River to the Mississippi River. From here, passage was provided through Bayou Plaquemine (Louisiana) and the sand bars of the Grand River to Bayou Courtableau via the Atchafalaya Basin.
Erected by City of Opelousas Louisiana.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AgricultureArchitectureArts, Letters, MusicSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Historic Bells series list.
Location. 30° 31.877′ N, 92° 4.46′ W. Marker is in Opelousas, Louisiana, in St. Landry Parish. Marker can be reached from East Landry Street (U.S. 190) east of South Academy Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 828 East Landry Street, Opelousas LA 70570, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Jarrell Home (here, next to this marker); St. Joseph Methodist Church for Colored People (a few steps from this marker); Whiteville School House (within shouting distance of this marker); Acadian House / Pigeoneer (within shouting distance

The Macland Plantation Bell Marker image. Click for full size.
August 26, 2017
2. The Macland Plantation Bell Marker
of this marker); Mary Jane Steam Engine Train (within shouting distance of this marker); Venus House (within shouting distance of this marker); Opelousas Firsts and Famous/ Hall of Fame (within shouting distance of this marker); Le Vieux Village (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Opelousas.
More about this marker. The City of Opelousas Tourist Information is located on the grounds of Le Vieux Village Historical Park & Heritage Museum at the eastern entrance of Opelousas along U.S. Highway 190.
Credits. This page was last revised on August 20, 2020. It was originally submitted on September 4, 2017, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana. This page has been viewed 546 times since then and 70 times this year. Last updated on August 18, 2020, by Carl Scott Zimmerman of Kirkwood, Missouri. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 4, 2017. • Mark Hilton was the editor who published this page.

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