“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Nassau, New Providence, The Bahamas — Caribbean Region (Atlantic Ocean)

Hand-Cut Well

Hand-Cut Well Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tyree Smith, May 11, 2019
1. Hand-Cut Well Marker
Inscription.  Our hand-cut well measures 7.4 feet in diameter and has a depth of 74 feet. It is carved from solid limestone and is reminiscent of the Queen's Staircase sculpted between 1793 and 1794 by "slaves from solid rock with axes and other sharp hand tools". It is assumed that the well was also sculpted by slaves between the inception of the Buena Vista House in 1789 and the enactment of the British Slavery Abolition Act of 1833. More than 4,000 cubic feet of rock was displaced during its construction and contains 2 feet of fresh water.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Places.
Location. 25° 4.479′ N, 77° 20.946′ W. Marker is in Nassau, New Providence. Marker can be reached from Augusta Street south of Delancy Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 17 Delancy Street, Nassau, New Providence, The Bahamas. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 2 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Bahamas Grant (approx. 0.9 kilometers away); Fort Fincastle (approx. 1.1 kilometers away).
Credits. This page was last revised on October 2, 2019. It was originally submitted on May 19, 2019. This page has been viewed 81 times since then. Photo   1. submitted on May 19, 2019.
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Mar. 8, 2021