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Anthony Family Trust Carillon

Like a sentry at the gates of a palace, the Anthony Family Trust Carillon stands front and center of the complex, welcoming visitors as they meander down the winding walkway in search of yet another architecturally significant structure on the grounds of Garvan Woodland Gardens.  

The 57-foot electronic bell tower, designed by David McKee of Fayetteville, who partnered with chapel architect Maurice Jennings at the time, is considered by many observers to be a piece of artwork – a sculpture, if you will – as well as a musical introduction to the focal point of the complex – the Anthony Chapel.

The computerized chimes denote the time of day on the hour, followed by several minutes of familiar melodies that can be heard throughout the Gardens.  For those few special moments while the music plays, it seems all is right with the world.

The remarkable, vertical music box is comprised of 16 copper-clad, steel columns, strategically positioned to allow people to move within the uprights.  Massive speakers resembling a lantern are suspended from cables adhered to an intricate cross-bracing system at the top.  

As part of marriage ceremonies conducted at the nearby chapel, many brides request certain music be programmed to play as she and her groom exit the building.

The Anthony Family Trust Carillon was a gift to the Gardens from the family of the late Garland and Flora Autrey Anthony.  The Garland Anthony children – Edwin, Nell, Garland, Avalene, Velda Rose, John Franklin and James Norman Anthony (all natives of south Arkansas), and their families made the in-memoriam donation.