This well was built 1756 to 1758
Drilling holes through a 5 inch thick slab of cement installed in the 1930s. First time for human eyes to look inside this well for about 80 years. May 31, 2013
Then on July 25 Thursday 2013, a camera went below the water in the well and found sediment built up 75 feet down. The Well is recorded by Washington and his men to have been blasted down to 103 feet.
As George Washington became more acquainted with this "miner", this well digger, did he get the man's name right after awhile?
August 29, 1756
Paid a Dutchman for a bucket to the well. (Quarles notes: No doubt the well at Fort Loudoun)
April 1, 1757
Paid Christian Heintz in part for digging well in Fort Loudoun
July 5, 1757
To Christopher Heintz - well digger
August 27, 1757
To John Christian Heintz - well digger
October 7, 1757
To John Christopher Heintz - well digger
April 22, 1758
To John Christopher Heintz - for working in barracks yard 16 days in blowing rock - digging 48 feet in well of Fort Loudoun
Source: page 37 of George Washington and Winchester Virginia 1748 to 1758 by Garland Quarles, Volume VIII of Winchester-Frederick County Historical Society Papers
February 23, 1758
Lt Smith writes from Fort Loudoun to George Washington who is at Mt Vernon trying to get well from his dysentery, that the well now 90 feet in depth had been been almost filled with water but was now cleared (frustrated most likely by seepage and runoff) and the digging resumed. Lt Charles Smith adds," I Cant Say that there Is any Likelihood of any Spring."
Page 27 Quarles and Page 44 of Fort Loudoun, Washington's Fort in Virginia, Norman Baker.
October 12, 1758, Lt Charles Smith writes, the well reaches 103 feet.And miner is owed payment. Pages 50-51, Norman Baker
SUBSURFACE TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
put a camera down this well July 25, 2013
The video begins 75 feet down where sediment is encountered and retreats towards top of well.
Below is the Winchester Star article on this company and how they went about this.
Then later this same year of 2013, when trying to dig post holes for the new historical sign, what did these modern interlopers find from the past? ROCK. SOLID ROCK. Just like George Washington's men who didn't just "dig" but rather BLASTED the rock with black powder down 103 feet.
This well still pumps water. The water, however, has not been tested.