A Brief History of Cherry
It started with a grandfather clock. As the 19th century dawned, most farmers and artisans still kept time by the sun. A few wealthy householders owned a clock. Only the very rich enjoyed the status—and the pleasure—of a musical tall-case clock. They played up to 12 different popular songs—on the hour or on demand. Most were made in Connecticut from the rich-hued, resonant cherry wood for which the Connecticut River Valley is known.
By 1830, Connecticut was the clock-making center of the world. Almost 50 years later, native son Henry Clay Work composed “My Grandfather’s Clock,” giving the clock the charming moniker we know today.