Vineyard Gazette: How Sweet the Sound, Renovated Trinity Church Bell Returns

On Tuesday afternoon, the sound of church bells reverberated across the field of Ocean Park, cutting through the still streets of downtown Oak Bluffs.

The brassy B flat ring, which belongs to the Trinity Episcopal Church bell in downtown Oak Bluffs, had been a familiar sound every Sunday morning for 131 years. But the bell has been silent for the past five years after age and use sent it into a state of disrepair.

This week, after a multi-year process of fundraising and restoring, the bell made its way home to the shingled belfry atop the Oak Bluffs church.

“It was amazing,” said David Wilson, a sexton who oversees the grounds at the church, of the recent re-installation.

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