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Selected Sundials of North Carolina

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Asheville North Carolina USA Analemmatic Dial 731
A 16 foot major axis analemmatic dial with stained concrete, hand painted date line. Hemlock branch hour posts were cut by Estate foresters and use iron numerals hand-forged by the Estate blacksmith. The Biltmore Estate was constructed by George Washington Vanderbilt II from 1889 to 1895 and is the largest privately owned home in the United States. The home currently sits on over 8,000 acres and includes many acres of formal gardens, a winery, working farm, hotel and several restaurants. The Estate is open to visitors with purchase of admission.
 
 
Burnsville North Carolina USA Vertical Dial 676
The Quilt Block Sundial, an 8x8 foot painted wood nearly-south facing vertical dial with a steel gnomon rod. Dial face consists of a bold quilt block pattern and includes Arabic hour numerals for local solar time, EST and EDT. Hour lines are corrected for longitude and EOT correction is provided by the profile of purple hills along the bottom of the dial. The star map at the top of the dial represents the starry sky at the first sunrise over the newly formed Yancy County on December 29, 1833. The dial declines 3? west of south. A 3 foot thick steel frame locates dial away from wall to clear roof overhang. This Quilt Block is one of over 150 colorful blocks painted on buildings along the Quilt Trails of Western North Carolina.
 
 
Chapel Hill North Carolina USA Horizontal Dial 101
A 35 foot diameter horizontal dial of terrazzo with inset bronze hour lines and Roman hour numerals. The bronze gnomon is 23 feet long and 14 feet tall. At the dial center is an inset bronze sun graphic with wavy spicules; this inset contains a US Coast and Geodetic Survey Triangulation Station marker. The gnomon base holds a large inset bronze hour glass. A plaque gives correction for EOT and longitude. This large monumental dial was a gift of John Motley Morehead III.
 
 
Durham North Carolina USA Sculpture Dial 356
"Gnomon", a large sculpture consisting of two monoliths made of steel-reinforced concrete slabs. Includes a noon indication.
 
 
Gastonia North Carolina USA Horizontal Dial 649
A 56 inch horizontal dial of stone masonry with wrought iron gnomon. Dial center filled with crushed rock with Roman numerals on perimeter stones. Dial is longitude corrected to EST and the EOT correction is shown on an adjacent landscape stone. Dial is on private property but can be seen from the public street. For closer viewing, contact owner.
 
 
Greensboro North Carolina USA Equatorial Dial 277
33 ft. Bronze Sundial consisting of two intersecting semi-spherical arcs. Gift of the Greensboro Council of Garden Clubs, 1981. Mounted atop a 12 sided granite base.
 
 
Kannapolis North Carolina USA Horizontal Dial 703
A large horizontal cast concrete dial on a brick patio. Dial face includes hour lines and Roman numerals. Dial is dedicated as a tribute to the men and women of Kannapolis who died while serving in the US armed forces.
 
 
Marshall North Carolina USA Equatorial Dial 642
An armillary steel ring equatorial dial approximately 4 feet diameter. Hour ring has Roman numerals cut through the ring to show EST. Mounted on a concrete pedestal marked with city name and builder's mark. The pedestal is also marked with Marshall town map coordinates 35.79? N, 82.68? W, which are not the precise coordinates of the dial. Weathered finish is green enamel paint on steel. The concrete pedestal is marked with Marshall city name, builder's mark and approximate coordinates.
 
 
Winston-Salem North Carolina USA Analemmatic Dial 709
A 23.5 foot major axis analemmatic dial with a 10 foot tall movable steel vertical gnomon. Hours are marked by numerals on solar-powered lamps on the ellipse at the perimeter bush line. The concrete dial face consists of an 8 foot dais that displays the EOT and hosts a handsome gargoyle. This private dial is available for viewing by contacting the owner.