Our Mission

Our Mission

Cabarrus Time Savers is a non-profit organization that has set out to identify and restore important public time pieces in our community. We consider tower and street clocks to be an important part of our history, in Cabarrus County. For many decades, people planned their day to day lives around clocks in the public eye. We are dedicated to preserving, repairing, and restoring these clocks.

The purpose of this blog is to bring you history of our local horology, news of our current projects, and provide a means to communicate with the community when we need help with historical facts and locating clocks and missing parts for these clocks.

If you would like to donate to our restoration funds or have questions about fund raising, please contact us at: cabtimesavers@yahoo.com

If there is a clock in our community that you feel is important or that may even be missing, please reach out to us.

Thank you!
Scott Schmeiser

NOTE: The pictures on this site, unless otherwise stated, are the property of Cabarrus Time Savers and are not to be reused without written permission from Cabarrus Time Savers.

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Paint Recovery Updates

The past few months have been dirty, but exciting.  Much of the original paint has now been exposed on the bottom portion of the support chassis of the clock.  Although much of the paint is damaged from years of abuse and from excess oil sitting around, much of it is salvageable.

The upright side plates, unfortunately, must have been stripped and repainted.  They do not appear to have any of the original paint left underneath.  These will have to get repainted to best match the original paint and art work, as well as all the wheels from the going and strike trains.

Stay tuned for more updates.  Here are some pictures for everyone to enjoy!

Close-ups of the Going Train Clean-up Details.  Still lots to do!

Some of the original components from Allen that have been cleaned up and prepped for restoration and re-paint.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Allen McDonald - THANK YOU!

This restoration project has brought to light quite a few personalities and stories.  My favorite so far to date, is the day that Allen McDonald sent me an email saying that he had held on to some parts from the clock so they wouldn't be destroyed, back in 1977.  He even had the pendulum.  It seems Allen was the last one to get this clock working and his passion kept it from being gutted and destroyed during a period when the Historic Courthouse's fate was a bit in question.

The clock is still missing many brass/bronze parts and was missing many cast iron parts.  Because these parts were kept and stored all these years, we're missing a whole lot less.  Allen McDonald deserves a giant THANK YOU from our community and I appreciate him and his forethought to hold on to the parts he had so one day they could help in the restoration of this clock.

Thank you Allen!

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Original Details

I have an update for those of you following along.

I've uncovered some more original paint details, including pintstriping, on the legs and bed of the clock chassis.  I'm very excited I was able to uncover these details without further damage.  Long way to go, but getting there.


Friday, May 17, 2019

Let There Be Light - Sneak Preview

Monday night we all spent some time staring at some lighting for the clock.  We have some work to do, but it was fantastic to see it lit up again after many decades of no real back-lighting.

More to come soon...

Friday, May 10, 2019

Friday Matinee - Thank You Cabarrus County

A huge thank you to County Commissioner Steve Morris and David Baxter for putting together this video in their "Out and About - Cabarrus County" series of videos.  Hopefully it helps more people understand what and why we are doing this project.

If anyone has more questions about this project, please reach out to us at cabtimesavers@yahoo.com.

As always, another huge thank you to the other folks involved with Cabarrus Time Savers and to Phil Wright for the dedicated efforts to making this restoration happen!  You are all very much appreciated!

Monday, May 6, 2019

New Dials Installed

We are excited to announce that the new dials are installed in the courthouse!  Everything went off without a hitch and the weather couldn't have been any better for us!

Huge thanks go out to Phil Wright, of the Tower Clock Company for his help building these dials and coming down for the installation.  Also, equal thanks to Monty Eudy and Alex Porter for all their help and extra hands.

Once the A.S. Hotchkiss-Seth Thomas clock movement is restored and functional, these dials will show the correct time.  Until then, the hands will all be locked to the same time. In the coming weeks, we will be looking at some back-lighting for the dials so the lighting can be planned and installed.

We have a lot more fund-raising to do to make this clock functional and make these dials read the correct time.  If you would like to donate to this project, please see our contact information above and reach out to us.


Here are some pictures from our installation day...

(Pictures are property of Cabarrus Time Savers)

Monday, April 29, 2019

The Clock from a Different View

This past weekend we hired our friend, Tyler Nottingham, to do some drone video footage and still photos of the clock tower specifically focusing on the dials before they are removed.  The County was able to come out and supervise the flight.  The same will be done after the new dials are installed.  Stay tuned for that footage!  We're very excited to see how it all turns out.

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Show of Hands...

One more update before the installation.

(pictures provided by Phil Wright of the Tower Clock Company)

Monday, April 22, 2019

Clock Update - Dials Are Complete

Here's a wonderful update for our community!  Phil Wright has completed the dials and are ready to be installed in the courthouse clock tower.  We are targeting May the 2nd for installation.  These are really going to look incredible overlooking Concord.

(Photo courtesy of Phil Wright, of the Tower Clock Company)

Monday, March 18, 2019

Numerals Are Here!

We officially have numerals back from water jet and are ready to send off for final coating and mounting to the new dials.  This puts us on schedule to install new dials in the courthouse late spring time.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

More Progress from the Tower Clock Company

Phil Wright and the folks at the Tower Clock Company continue to work on our courthouse clock parts.  In addition to building us new dials and faces, they are also restoring the gear assemblies called "motion works" that give the minute and hour hands the proper ratios from the clock's movement to tell time as we see it on the outside of the building.  In addition, they also restored the wood "lead-off rods" that turn each of the motion works assemblies.

Here's what they looked like before removal

Here's some pictures showing the progress on the motion works components and freshly restored wood lead-off rods.  All the original parts are in very good condition.

Next the proper paint will be selected for top coating on the steel parts and Phil will machine a few small brass parts to allow proper mounting to the new dials.  

Stay tuned for more updates soon!

Thanks for reading!

Saturday, November 17, 2018

We Need Your Help - Please Donate

We have had several people approach us about how they can help or how they can donate to help fund the parts and pieces required to make the Historic Cabarrus County Courthouse clock work again.  If you would like to donate, please send a check or money order to:

Cabarrus Time Savers
P.O. Box 1094
Concord, NC 28026

Please make payable to "Cabarrus Time Savers" and please provide your name, company name, and contact information so you can receive recognition for your contributions.  Cabarrus Time Savers is a 501c3 non-profit organization.

We are working on a way to donate online via PayPal.  We should have that available soon!  In the meantime, anything donated would be greatly appreciated.  All funds go directly to the restoration of the clock, including parts, materials, paint, and hired labor for processes we can't do ourselves.  We strive to do as much ourselves as possible, but some tasks just have to be outsourced.

If you would like to donate in person, please contact us directly at cabtimesavers@yahoo.com.

We are still collecting for Phase I of our restoration.  Phase II and III calculations are currently underway as the renovation gets deeper.  We expect these costs for the last two phases to be in excess of $35,000.  We will update our needs as we learn more.

Here are our current goals:

Thank you to everyone that has donated to this restoration and everyone that has even shown interest in this project.

Cabarrus Time Savers

Monday, November 12, 2018

A.S. Hotchkiss Restoration Progress

It has been slow going on the clock movement restoration.  Layers upon layers of dirt, debris, bird and bat unmentionables, and unfortunately a "newer" paint job that needs to be removed.  The effort to really start removing paint has begun.  Virtually no original paint has been found on any of the wheels or moving parts.  It seems anything that could be unbolted was removed, stripped, and repainted.  The chassis itself has the only original paint, so far.  It appears that it was sanded to prep for the "newer" black paint job, thus destroying a lot of the original hand painted art work, as well.  A bit remains, but all is in bad repair.

Here's what I have uncovered so far...

Here's a reminder of what the catalog advertised

Here's a few pictures of some of the arbor, wheel and pinion restoration.  Still a long way to go to get all of these looking correct.

Paint Recovery Updates

The past few months have been dirty, but exciting.  Much of the original paint has now been exposed on the bottom portion of the support cha...