Horology (from the Greek words for “time” and “study”) refers to the art or science of measuring time. The term “horologist” is used to describe people who professionally handle timekeeping instruments or aficionados and scholars of horology.
John Stephens is a horologist in both senses of the word. In addition to a lifelong interest in clocks encouraged by his father, John attended the Bowman Technical School in Lancaster, PA, specializing in both clock and watch-making.
In 1977, John returned to Maryland and established Stephens & Stephens Clocks.
Known endearingly to Havre de Grace locals as “the clock shop,” Stephens & Stephens Clocks offers a wide range of services for clocks, watches, and timepieces from routine maintenance to complete restoration.
Stephens & Stephens Clocks is highly trusted for repair and restoration work by a variety of collectors and owners along the East Coast, including the State of Maryland, The Governor’s Mansion, The State House, and The Homewood House Museum at Johns Hopkins University, MBNA.
“Working on antique clocks is a chance to look at something 200 years old that was made in an attempt at mechanical immortality.”
— John Stephens, from The Baltimore Sun’s
“Time-Honored Art,” January 2008