Founding Fathers Black Hills

Liberty Bell arrives July 1


Here at the Founding Fathers Black Hills exhibit, we’re so excited for the highly-anticipated arrival of our Liberty Bell replica just in time for the Fourth of July.

The full-scale replica of America’s Liberty Bell, weighing in at 2,300 pounds, will be installed outside of the Black Hills’ own Independence Hall, located at 9815 S. Highway 16. To celebrate Independence Day, we’ll ring it hourly. Visitors to the Black Hills’ newest patriotic tourism attraction can also hear a free dramatic reading of the Declaration of Independence by signer of the Declaration re-enactor that will be followed by the ceremonial ringing of the bell.

Our bell arrives from Smith’s Bell and Clock from Indiana, but it was forged in the Paccard Foundry in Annecy, France. That foundry also produced 50 other Liberty Bell replicas gifted to every state capitol in 1950.

The new bronze bell at Founding Fathers Black Hills liberty bellis made of 80 percent copper and 20 percent tin. Unlike the original Liberty Bell in Philadelphia, which suffered its famous final crack in 1846 when it was rung to celebrate the anniversary of George Washington’s birthday, the new replica bell features a “false crack” which allows it to still produce a high-quality ringing tone.
Admission to the Founding Fathers exhibit is $10 for adults; $7.50 for children age 5-12. The attraction is open daily at 10 a.m.