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Near Williamsburg in James City County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Water and Well

 
 
Water and Well Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Bill Coughlin, August 14, 2008
1. Water and Well Marker
Inscription. “ not at all replenished with springs of fresh water their wells brackish, ill-scented and not grateful to the stomach.” If a well at Jamestown was sunk to the right depth, it could yield “sweet water.” Too deep a well would hit saltwater; too shallow a well would be contaminated with human waste. Fevers and “fluxes” were common.
 
Erected by Colonial National Historic Park.
 
Location. 37° 12.45′ N, 76° 46.575′ W. Marker is near Williamsburg, Virginia, in James City County. Marker can be reached from Colonial Parkway, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is in the "New Towne" section of the Historic Jamestown unit of Colonial National Historic Park. Marker is in this post office area: Williamsburg VA 23185, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Efforts of a Virginia Tradesman 1670s (a few steps from this marker); Interpreting Jamestown (within shouting distance of this marker); A Campsite pre-1607 (within shouting distance of this marker); Ditch and Mound (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Row Houses
Marker in Historic Jamestowne Photo, Click for full size
By Bill Coughlin, August 14, 2008
2. Marker in Historic Jamestowne
The well is visible in this photo behind the marker.
(about 300 feet away); The Jamestown Riverfront 1630-1690 (about 300 feet away); Colonial Highway (about 300 feet away); Oyster Shells to Mortar (about 300 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Williamsburg.
 
Also see . . .
1. Historic Jamestowne. Colonial National Historic Park from National Park Service website. (Submitted on March 19, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 

2. Historic Jamestowne. Historic Jamestowne is the site of the first permanent English settlement in America. The site is jointly administered by APVA Preservation Virginia and the National Park Service. (Submitted on March 19, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 
 
Categories. Colonial Era
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 563 times since then and 47 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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