When the church was built, the bell tower was unoccupied, and remained so until 1957, when structural problems at the nearby Methodist Church required their bell to be removed; the Methodist congregation generously donated it to St. Thomas’ and despite significant engineering problems it was installed there. Less than a year later, the Methodist building burned to the ground. The bell is 27” tall and 37” in diameter at the mouth, and is said to weigh about 1,000 pounds. It was cast by Meneely & Company of West Troy, NY, in 1885, and bears the following inscription:


PRESENTED TO THE GARRETSON SOCIETY OF THE METHODIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH OF SLATERVILLE, N.Y. By MOSES BULL OF SLATERVILLE, N.Y. SEPT. 15, 1885. REV. A.W. COOPER, PASTOR


“AND THE SPIRIT AND THE BRIDE SAY, COME. AND LET HIM THAT HEARETH SAY, COME. AND LET HIM THAT IS ATHIRST SAY, COME. AND WHOSOEVER WILL, LET HIM TAKE THE WATER OF LIFE FREELY.”  REVELATION: XXII.17.


(The Methodist Church stood where the gas station and convenience store are now.)