Marker Logo HMdb.org THE HISTORICAL
MARKER DATABASE
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Barnwell in Barnwell County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

“The Sundial”

 
 
" The Sundial " Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, June 2008
1. " The Sundial " Marker
this sundial was presented to the citizens of Barnwell in September, 1858
Inscription.
The oldest known device for the measurement of time, a sundial indicates time by the position of the shadow of a gnomon cast by the sun on the face of a dial marked in hours. The gnonon is a flat piece of metal in the center of the dial with its back pointing towards the north pole when in the northern hemisphere and facing due south and with the upper edge slanting at an angle equal to the latitude of the location of the sundial.

Obtained from Mr. D.B. Haselton, Ironmonger, of Charleston, S.C. this sundial was presented to the citizens of Barnwell in September 1858, by Joseph Duncan Allen (1812-1880) benefactor and philanthropist of Barnwell, who served in the Florida Seminole Indian War, Mexican War and Confederate Army, S.C. House of Representatives and S.C. Senate.

Atop the sundial, a cannonball rests which was used in the Confederate War.

Although the adjacent courthouse was destroyed by fire in 1865, the sundial survived and is in its original location. In 1918, a concrete curbing was added as a protection against traffic hazards. The sundial was repainted, additional concrete reinforcement was added at the base and after much research, this plaque was designed and installed on June 3, 1986.
 
Erected 1986 by Town of Barnwell.
 
Location.
" The Sundial " Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2008
2. " The Sundial " Marker
33° 14.627′ N, 81° 21.894′ W. Marker is in Barnwell, South Carolina, in Barnwell County. Marker is on Main Street ( SC-70, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. At County Court house. Marker is in this post office area: Barnwell SC 29812, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Barnwell County Courthouse (a few steps from this marker); Solomon Blatt, Sr. (a few steps from this marker); Edgar A. Brown (within shouting distance of this marker); Bank Of Barnwell / Edgar A. Brown Law Office (within shouting distance of this marker); Barnwell County Revolutionary War Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); To Honor the Memory of those Soldiers (within shouting distance of this marker); The Police Station (within shouting distance of this marker); To the Veterans of All The Wars (within shouting distance of this marker); Barnwell County Confederate Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); Calhoun Park (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Barnwell.
 
Also see . . .
1. The gnomon is the part of a sundial that casts the shadow. Gnomon is an ancient Greek word meaning ". The Free Dictionary excerpt: Anaximander (610 BC-546 BC) is credited to introduce this Babylonian instrument to the Greeks. The Chinese also used the gnomon, mentioned in the
" The Sundial " close up image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2008
3. " The Sundial " close up
2nd century Nine Chapters on the Mathematical Art as being used much earlier by the Duke of Zhou (11th century BC). (Submitted on July 8, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 

2. Wikipedia entry, Barnwell. often thought to be the only remaining vertical freestanding sundial in the USA. It was surrounded by a parking lot in the 1960ís but in the 1990s the Town of Barnwell removed the parking, built a park, and made the sundial a focal point. (Submitted on July 8, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 
 
Categories. LandmarksMan-Made Features
 
" The Sundial " at Barnwell County Court House image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, June 8, 2008
4. " The Sundial " at Barnwell County Court House
" The Sundial " Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, June 8, 2008
5. " The Sundial " Marker
The Sundial faces Directly South
On June 22nd, the sundial is
accurate to within two (2)
minutes Eastern Standard Time.

During other season's, the
variance may be as high as
plus or minus 16 minutes.

The latitude at the sundial
is 33 degrees 14 minutes.
“The Sundial” Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, March 22, 2016
6. “The Sundial” Marker
“The Sundial” Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, March 22, 2016
7. “The Sundial” Marker
Courthouse and Sundial image. Click for full size.
By Melissa Roberts, November 23, 2010
8. Courthouse and Sundial
Sundial with plaque- same as above image. Click for full size.
By Melissa Roberts, circa December 1, 2011
9. Sundial with plaque- same as above
The Sundial image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, March 22, 2016
10. The Sundial
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 23, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 8, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,346 times since then and 38 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 8, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   4, 5. submitted on July 9, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   6, 7. submitted on June 23, 2016, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.   8, 9. submitted on December 20, 2011, by Melissa Roberts of Barnwell, South Carolina.   10. submitted on June 23, 2016, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.
Paid Advertisement