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Luray Singing Tower Welcomes Third Carillonneur In 77-Year History

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Posted: August 19, 2014

Daily News-Record

In July, Jesse Ratcliffe, 27, of Warrenton, became the third carillonneur at Luray Singing Tower. (Photo by Hannah Pitstick / DN-R)
Col. T.C. Northcott, who purchased Luray Caverns in 1905, built the bell tower in memory of his late wife, Belle Brown Northcott, in 1937. (Photo by Hannah Pitstick / DN-R)
Luray Singing Tower boasts one of 180 carillons in the United States. (Photo by Hannah Pitstick / DN-R)

On a cloudy August evening, Jesse Ratcliffe ascends 180 steps to the top of the Luray Singing Tower, past cracked original windows and an old kerosene heater, to a small room cluttered with yellowed…



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