Well House in Downtown Williamsburg Art Print
A Museum Quality Art Print of a small Well House in Downtown Williamsburg Virginia for sale by Brandywine General Store. Not only are the mercantiles, homes and other businesses attractive in this village of colonial America, but the small utilitarian buildings were also architecturally pleasing. This well house is one such example. These wells were hand dug, as they were being dug, the dirt was piled into buckets and hauled up to the ground level and dumped out. The walls were then usually lined with rocks, this would keep the dirt from caving in and keep the water much cleaner. These wells were usually 20 to 40 feet deep, but sometimes could go to 60 feet or more, depending on when a vein of water was hit. A water witch would have already found a stream to pinpoint where to dig. After the digging was done, fresh water could then be had by the villagers. A bucket and pulley system was used, whereas the bucket was lowered down to the level of the water until it was filled, then rolled back up by hand. This was a lot of work so water was conserved in these early American times. Picture #482 an original archival historical print by Brandywine General Store.