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Sturbridge in Worcester County, Massachusetts — The American Northeast (New England)
 

Getting Water

 
 
Getting Water Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., May 20, 2018
1. Getting Water Marker
Inscription.

A well sweep is one of the simplest ways to raise water from a well.

A well sweep is like a big seesaw, with one end heavier than the other. A bucket is tied to the lighter end. When you lower the bucket into the well, the heavy end rises. After the bucket fills with water, allow the heavy end to fall, lifting up the bucket of water for you.

[Image caption reads]
Detail from an anonymous oil painting of a farm scene, c. 1840. Private Collection.
 
Erected by Old Sturbridge Village.
 
Location. 42° 6.455′ N, 72° 5.941′ W. Marker is in Sturbridge, Massachusetts, in Worcester County. Touch for map. Marker is on the Old Sturbridge Village grounds, about 150 feet SW of the Visitor Center. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, Sturbridge MA 01566, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Fire Pit (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Farming as a Way of Life (about 300 feet away); Millstones (about 300 feet away); Fitch House Yard (about 400 feet away); Where is the Farm?

Getting Water Marker and Well Sweep image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., May 20, 2018
2. Getting Water Marker and Well Sweep
(about 500 feet away); The Graveyard (about 500 feet away); The Architectural Style of the Salem Towne House (about 600 feet away); Controlling Livestock: The Town Pound (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sturbridge.
 
Also see . . .
1. Shadoof at Wikipedia. (Submitted on July 4, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Old Sturbridge Village. (Submitted on July 4, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on July 4, 2018. This page originally submitted on July 4, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 39 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 4, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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