Shepherd College clock tower awaits repairs
By DAVE McMILLION / Staff Writer, Charles Town
SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - A clock tower on the campus of Shepherd College is decaying, and college officials have closed the historic building and cordoned off the grounds outside to protect people from injury in case it falls.
A spokeswoman for the college said she is not sure how the damaged area on McMurran Hall was detected, but college employees were moved out of the building last week.
There is a fear that if the clock tower on the hall should fall, it could break through the roof of the building or tumble onto the grounds below, said college spokeswoman Valerie Owens.
It is believed that wood framing has rotted between a cupola and the rest of the tower, Owens said. The cupola houses a large bell and the clock is below it, Owens said.