The Springhouse

The Springhouse (HMJV9)

Location: Vienna, VA 22182 Fairfax County
Buy Virginia State flags at!
Country: United States of America
Buy United States of America flags at!

N 38° 56.263', W 77° 16.96'

  • 0 check ins
  • 0 favorites

Meadowlark Botanical Gardens

In the old days, springhouses did the job ofrefrigerators. This springhouse served theoccupants of the farm from the 18th throughthe early 20th centuries.

It was built directly over the spring andshaded by trees. Cool spring water flowinginto the structure was channeled intotroughs of different depths before flowingout the other side. Whitewashing inside andout sealed the loosely mortared, thick, stonewalls and provided a clean surface on theinterior. Barred vents in the side wallsallowed fresh air to circulate and kept outfreeloading animals.

Even in summer, dairy goods, fresh produce,and other perishables could last several daysin watertight containers partially submergedin the troughs. Less perishable foods, suchas salted or smoked meat, pickles, cider, andwine, were stored up in the loft space andon shelves built into the walls. The springalso provided water for drinking and washingfor the house located to the north, up thehill behind the barn.

When Gardiner Means and Caroline Wareinstalled electricity in the 1930s, theypumped the spring water up to the house.A refrigerator and sink replaced most ofthe functions of the springhouse. Thespringhouse ruins were stabilized in 1996.
HM NumberHMJV9
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, October 4th, 2014 at 8:57am PDT -07:00
Sorry, but we don't have a picture of this historical marker yet. If you have a picture, please share it with us. It's simple to do. 1) Become a member. 2) Adopt this historical marker listing. 3) Upload the picture.
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 302155 N 4312342
Decimal Degrees38.93771667, -77.28266667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 56.263', W 77° 16.96'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 56' 15.78" N, 77° 16' 57.60" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)703, 202, 571
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 9750 Meadowlark Gardens Ct, Vienna VA 22182, US
Alternative Maps Google Maps, MapQuest, Bing Maps, Yahoo Maps, MSR Maps, OpenCycleMap, MyTopo Maps, OpenStreetMap

Is this marker missing? Are the coordinates wrong? Do you have additional information that you would like to share with us? If so, check in.

Check Ins  check in   |    all

Have you seen this marker? If so, check in and tell us about it.

Comments 0 comments

Maintenance Issues
  1. Is this marker part of a series?
  2. What historical period does the marker represent?
  3. What historical place does the marker represent?
  4. What type of marker is it?
  5. What class is the marker?
  6. What style is the marker?
  7. Does the marker have a number?
  8. What year was the marker erected?
  9. Who or what organization placed the marker?
  10. This marker needs at least one picture.
  11. Can this marker be seen from the road?
  12. Is the marker in the median?