Stow remembers the first time she heard the bell toll. She was making a bed in her then-new Washington Street home after spending the day unpacking boxes when she heard the 2 a.m. chime
"I thought, 'That's so cool'," Stow said.
Sharon Neumann has lived across the street from Stow for almost 13 years. Guests have asked Neumann about the bell's absence in recent years, but she likes the peace and quiet, and thinks the $8,000 restoration tab is too high.
"If it's that much I think there are better things we can spend our money on," Neumann said.
Electronic strikers can be programmed to stop ringing at night and can play special chimes for ceremonies and events.