The project to build the new house at Mule Springs is underway. While “breaking ground” the man doing the site preparation uncovered an old hand dug well hidden18 inches below the ground’s surface.
The well was about twelve feet deep and it was lined with old bricks. This is the type of well that would have sat beside a nineteenth century farmhouse.
Someone would go outside and lower a bucket attached to a rope down into the well, they would wait while the bucket filled with spring water, and then pull the bucket up and carry the water into the house for the family to use.
Because our new house is larger than the old homestead was, the new house covers the old well. We went ahead and dismantled it. The old bricks are lovely, and these along with the bricks we took from the chimney of the old farmhouse, we hope to see as pavers for the courtyard outside the new house. Or maybe we will use the bricks inside as a hearth for the wood stove.