If you had happened to pass through downtown Harriston on Monday this week, you would have been privy to the return of the Old Post’s historic bell atop the building. We were blessed with an unseasonably warm and sunny November day.

Four months to the day it was removed (for repair and reconstruction of its frame), the 1,200 lbs. bell has turned to its final resting place on the The Old Post roof.

Big thanks to Tony Hale for capturing the play-by-play!

Matt O’Dwyer stopped by around 4:00 p.m. with his crane to help us put some major pieces of the puzzle in place.

contractor standing on large crane

The new frame for the bell was constructed on the ground, and the roof of the frame was made to temporarily detach from main structure and lift separately. We raced up the stairs to receive the bell house roof.

contractors attaching bell to crane at harriston post office

skylight hoisted onto roof of harriston old post office

We then wrapped the straps around the original skylight to be removed. Here it is on the ground after a safe dismount:

contractor reviews skylight at harriston old post

Next was the new skylight still in its packaging crate.

skylight hoisted onto roof of harriston old post office


Due to the weight of the bell we attached a cable directly to its eyebolt, and let the bell shoulder the weight of the structure for the trip up to the roof.

contractors on job site at harriston old post office

bell hoisted onto roof of harriston old post office

Saving the best and most important component to the end, the bell was on its way to its final resting place.

bell being listed on roof of harriston old post office

bell hoisted to roof of harriston old post office

With it being so heavy, we made sure to position it perfectly in its prepared final resting spot.

bell returned to roof of harriston old post office

Once the bell house was in position, the roof was craned over and fitted onto the structure. When it snapped into place a high five was in order.

contractors high five on roof of harriston old post office

We would like to thank everyone for all of their help and continued interest in this project. Keep your ears open for the bell to ring again on the regular in the coming weeks!

Statement on COVID-19

Due to the spread of COVID-19, the Old Post will not be accepting bookings for Escape the Old Post or The Post Script event space until further notice. We will re-evaluate this policy on April 6, 2020.

In recent weeks, we’ve taken additional precautionary measures to sanitize our spaces to ensure the health and safety of everyone who visits the building, and our community at large.

If you have previously booked a game, we will gladly reschedule your game for a later date or process a full refund. We have waived our cancellation policy and will reach out by email to anyone who has booked a game in the coming weeks.

The Old Post supports individual and community health. Please take any required action to ensure the health of your family and your community.

- Michael & Sue Hendrick, Owners, The Old Post