Watervliet in Albany County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Meneely Bell Foundry
The Meneely Bell Foundry was established in 1826 by Andrew Meneely, a former apprentice in the foundry of Julius Hanks. Meneely was one of the greatest bell makers in American History. More than 65,000 bells were cast under the Meneely brand between 1826 and 1951, when the business closed. Upon the death of Andrew in 1851, his sons took over the business and the family continued to cast Meneely bells for another 100 years.
Andrew Meneely was a silversmith by training, and a chemist who mastered the mix of copper (78%), tin (22%) and molten heat to produce bells of elemental beauty and functionality. The bells were revered for the quality of their rich tones.
The original factory produced clocks, engineering instruments and bells. By 1836, the foundry became one of the largest and most acclaimed bell foundries in the country. Soon its reputation spread internationally. Its bells were loaded on barges and ships on the Erie Canal and the Hudson River near the foundry and were sent around the world.
Meneely manufactured a variety of church, academy; factory, depot, fire alarm, steamboat, ship, locomotive, plantation,
This display was erected June 2021.
Erected 2021 by The City of Watervliet & The Watervliet Historical Society.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce. A significant historical year for this entry is 1826.
Location. 42° 43.587′ N, 73° 42.013′ W. Marker is in Watervliet, New York, in Albany County. Marker is on Broadway north of 15th Street, on the right when traveling south. Located in front of the Robert A. Fahr Watervliet Public Library. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 15 Broadway, Watervliet NY 12189, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Meneely Foundry (here, next to this marker); Civil War Parrott Rifle (within shouting distance of this marker); City of Watervliet (within shouting distance of this marker); Saint Patrick's Church Bell (within shouting distance of this marker); North Dutch Reformed Church Bell (within shouting distance of this marker); The Nalle Rescue In Memory of Those Who Served (about 600 feet away); U.S. Army 3 Inch M5 Antitank Gun (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Watervliet.
Also see . . .
1. The Meneely Bells - Hudson Mohawk Industrial Gateway. (Submitted on September 24, 2021, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
2. Meneely bell foundries (Wikipedia). (Submitted on September 24, 2021, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
Additional keywords. Bells, Church Bells, Fire Bells, Bell Maker, Bell Makers
Credits. This page was last revised on September 24, 2021. It was originally submitted on September 23, 2021, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York. This page has been viewed 611 times since then and 370 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on September 23, 2021, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York. • Michael Herrick was the editor who published this page.