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In the Upper Dauphin community of Millersburg, a once famous local treasure is back home, after an absence of nearly 80 years. It's a massive wooden clock, built by native son Jacob Light. It is now housed in the Millersburg Historical Society and Museum building on Centre street.

"He started it in the late 1800's and finished it in 1908," explained museum director James Bullock.

The multi-part oak timepiece stands six feet high, eleven feet long and five feet deep. In its prime, the clock featured 298 hand-carved moving characters, reflecting biblical themes, political and military heroes and tributes to woodmen.

Bullock said the clock's size is the first thing that impresses visitors. "We often joke," chuckled Bullock, "that it won't quite fit in a watch pocket."

When originally completed, the 16-hundred pound marvel was displayed for a five cent admission fee in Light's River Street home in Millersburg. Five electric motors kept the characters moving and music playing, through a complex network of cables, pulleys and weights.

The clock went on to have several owners over the years and was only recently found and purchased by the society.

Wood craftsman Charlie Isenberg, well known in the Millersburg area for his wood working skills, is amazed at the workmanship, which was accomplished using mainly a pocketknife.

"To me, it's just beyond my comprehension that somebody could do this back at that time," said Isenberg.

The Historical Society hopes public excitement about the clock will generate help in getting it back up and running.

"We as Millersburg residents can swell with pride at what was accomplished by one of our brothers," said Bullock.

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