The Johnson Williams Bell Tower project is making excellent progress, but community volunteers say that more help is needed.
“We’d like to start planting as soon as possible,” said Emily Rhodes. “If we can get the plants, we would like to have everything planted by the end of May.”
While much of the funding for the project has been raised by students and county civic associations, Rhodes said that more is needed in order to restore the bell tower to its original state.
With the jungle of vines and brush that had obscured the structure from view now gone, Rhodes said that the area is being replanted with Virginia native plant species that will require little maintenance and should do well with local conditions.
Rhodes said that community members that would like to contribute to the project are welcome to donate money, time or plants. (See plant list below)
One important detail that remains to be decided is whether a bell will hang once again in the tower. There are currently two bells hanging in the bell tower at Clarke County High School, a large bell and a smaller bell. There is a strong suspicion that one of the existing two bells was moved from the current Johnson Williams Middle school tower when the high school was relocated to its current site.
(CDN Editor: Can any CDN reader identity the provenance of the second bell?)
If you would like to contribute to the JWMS bell tower project please contact Emily Rhodes at EmilyR7@Verizon.net.