On your next trip to Gettysburg, you will enjoy visiting 461 Baltimore St. The construction dates from 1893, and as you step into this historical property, you will feel something is enchanting about the place.
The well in front of the building and a nearby spring were the first sources of municipal water service provided to the town of Gettysburg.
In 1822 the Gettysburg Water Company acquired this property along with the well and spring and channeled the water to their reservoir atop the hill near the intersection of E. High and Stratton Streets. Water from the spring was then distributed from the reservoir throughout the town. You can see and take selfies next to the original buried wooden pipe fashioned from bored-out logs, “grooved to fit at the ends” located in the rear of the well foundation.
Perhaps, it is the engraved history of a water source that makes this place enchanting. As for Native American, Indians water signify life, fertility, and purity. The German poet, philosopher and scientist, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832), referred to water as “the ground of all being." Thales of Miletus (640-546 BCE) also believed water to be infused with Being, assuming it was the original substance of the Cosmos. And the Austrian ‘Water Wizard,’ Viktor Schauberger (1885-1958), held a similar view, saying that water is the product of the subtle energies that brought the Earth into being and is itself a living substance.
We are Fred and Marcia Fowler, from Body and Soul Silversmith Gettysburg at 461 Baltimore St. We are thrilled to be part of your Gettysburg experience! And we hope to meet you here, above the water spring, that represents life and life’s potential in this place where art meets history in Gettysburg!
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