Drinking Well

Drinking Well (HM29SL)

Location: Muncy, PA 17756 Lycoming County
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Country: United States of America
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N 41° 11.547', W 76° 48.193'

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The lockkeeper and his family needed a source of water that was clean enough for drinking. Because of the proximity to the canal, the lockkeeper's family probably sold well water, homemade baked goods and produce from their garden to the canal boatmen and their families.
This is a dry laid-up stone well, which means that each stone was positioned to hold the surrounding ones in place. The mortar that you see between the stones was placed there recently in order to preserve the well.
The well pavilion and entry stone work was funded in part by donations from William Bailey, a descendant of John Smith, one of Port Penn's boatbuilding families.
[Inset photos and narrative read]
The well was capped for safety purposes with a concrete slab on October 22, 1928.
The slab was removed from the well in May 2005 so that archaeological excavation could begin.
Tom Baird helped excavate inside the well and removed soil to a depth of 16 feet. At that level, water began to seep into the well and further excavation was halted.
HM NumberHM29SL
Placed ByMuncy Historical Society and Museum of History, PA DCNR, Susquehanna Greenway, et al
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Date Added Wednesday, July 25th, 2018 at 7:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 348785 N 4561688
Decimal Degrees41.19245000, -76.80321667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 41° 11.547', W 76° 48.193'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds41° 11' 32.82" N, 76° 48' 11.58" W
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Area Code(s)570
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 585 Pepper St, Muncy PA 17756, US
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