Unusual Well Ė Ledyard Connecticut
This well was dug to the bedrock ten feet down. The shaft is nearly circular in shape and constructed of Connecticut brownstone. The stones in the shaft were carefully laid in layers and many of the stones show chipping marks from a masonís hammer. The stone mason carefully shaped the stones to fit the interior curvature of the well shaft. There is no evidence that any other tools (chisels, drills, etc) were used except for a masonís hammer.
At the bottom of the well a cylindrical hole 2-3 feet deep was cut into the brownstone bedrock. The chipping marks on the walls of the cutout indicate it was likewise worked using a masonís hammer. The side walls also indicate that bedrock broke apart in layers, which explains why it could be cut using a hammer alone. The cylindrical cutout was of sufficient size and depth to allow a bucket to retrieve water from the well even if the water table dropped to only a few inches depth on the bedrock layer. These photos were taken in September 2007 during the drought conditions affecting portions of New England. It is clear this well experiences low or no water under drought conditions and reinforces the wisdom of the wellís design.
Photographs used with permission. The photographer and land owner have asked their names not be posted to protect their privacy.