The Crack In The Liberty Bell

The Crack In The Liberty Bell

The Liberty Bell, originally known as the State House Bell, once rang in the tower of the Pennsylvania State House, which is now called Independence Hall. The first bell was ordered in 1751 from the Whitechapel Foundry in London. However, the bell reportedly cracked on the first test ring. As a result, John Stow and John Pass, local metalworkers, melted down the original bell to cast the iconic version we know today.

Following 90 years of regular use, the Liberty Bell reportedly developed a narrow split in the early 1840s. It wasn’t until 1846 that a repair was attempted. Metalworkers chose to embark on the technique of “stop drilling” to widen the crack to prevent further damage and restore the bell’s tone.[2]

Sadly, the attempted repair led to the development of a second crack. Unfortunately, this silenced the bell forever and no one alive today has heard its original sound.