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The Birthplace of Effingham County

Mock Well and Working Pump

A well adjacent to the orphanage was dug in 1738, the best well in the village. Rev. Boltzius considered the “Orphanage Well” as a special gift from God.


This pitcher pump, not typical of the colonial era, is in working order. It draws fresh water from a shallow aquifer. In order to prime the pump, water must poured into the top while quickly pumping the handle.