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North American Sundial Society

Selected Sundials of Mississippi

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Jackson Mississippi USA Armillary Dial 288
A 30 inch gilded bronze armillary sphere, titled "Cycle of Life". The armillary sphere is composed of rings representing the great circles of the heavens. Figures of a man, woman and child represent the Cycle of Life.
 
 
Jackson Mississippi USA Horizontal Dial 387
Horizontal dial, 4 foot in diameter.
 
 
Lucedale Mississippi USA Alignment Dial 820
This is a Veteran's Memorial consisting of a set of five large stainless steel panels with holes that guide sunlight to strike a memorial plaque. The alignment is designed to commemorate the signing of the armistice ending World War One, illuminating the plaque on Nov 11th at 11:00AM
 
 
Lucedale Mississippi USA Analemmatic Dial 834
This analemmatic dial (sometimes called a human sundial) is designed for children. Approximately 16 ft wide, it is constructed of red brick with steel hour marks. The numbers for standard time are large silver and the numbers for daylight saving time are smaller and black. A black steel walkway is located in the center of the dial with embossed months of the year. Children stand on the month. Their shadow marks the time. Large numbers are standard time. Small numbers are daylight saving time.
 
 
Lucedale Mississippi USA Armillary Dial 849
The armillary is constructed of stainless steel with rings approximately 34 inches in diameter. The equatorial ring is a 3-inch band with 1-inch cast bronze Arabic hour numbers showing standard time and 1/2 inch cast bronze numbers for Daylight Saving Time. The other rings are unconventional. Rather than a horizontal ring, the ring is canted to match the latitude. The solstial ring that traditionally runs completely over the N-S vertical meridian is only 3/4 complete, creating an open area from the upper portion of the equatorial band to the southern pole that allows better viewing of the equatorial time ring when standing behind the armillary. The dial can be adjusted for the equation of time by rotating the equatorial ring to align on a plate with month marks set to the equation of time plus longitude offset, allowing the sundial to tell civil time.
 
 
Natchez Mississippi USA Horizontal Dial 887
In 1716 the French built a fort on the bluffs of Natchez and named it Rosalie in honor of the Countess of Pontchartrain. In 1820 Peter Little, who came to Natchez from Pennsylvania in 1798 at the age of 17, purchased a portion of that land on which to build his home. He decided to keep the name Rosalie in honor of the fort and its settlers. The mansion and land was purchased in 1938 by Mississippi State Society, Daughters of the American Revolution.
 
 
Ridgeland Mississippi USA Vertical Dial 886
This is a small 7 x 10 inch vertical dial declining due south. It is made from wood with hour lines, half hour lines, and Roman numerals engraved using a wood burning tool. The simple gnomon is 1/8 inch steel.
 
 
Senatobia Mississippi USA Vertical Dial 792
A south facing vertical dial placed above a window high on a wall of a high school. The dial face includes hour lines and Arabic hour numerals 6 AM to 6 PM. The dial is a separate plate affixed to the wall. The dial may be viewed from College Street side of the building.