Holiday House Tour: The Well

The Well at 419 N. Loudoun St.419 North Loudoun Street
The Well at the Baker-Hardy House
French and Indian War Foundation
Saturday only

After exiting the Fort, you will have the chance to see one of the last remaining pieces of Fort Loudoun – the well that once served Fort Loudoun.

The French and Indian War Foundation was formed in 2002 to increase public awareness of the impact of the French and Indian War on colonial America and to preserve the sites, documents and artifacts associated with the conflict on the Virginia frontier. In 2002 the foundation acquired the property at 419 North Loudoun St. in Winchester, which encompasses the site of the northwest quadrant earthworks of Fort Loudoun and the fort’s well. The well, excavated at the order of George Washington, is 103 feet deep and was blasted out of solid rock by John Christopher Heintz from 1757 to 1758.

Several archeological excavations at the site have revealed numerous period artifacts which include bits of glass, ceramics, musket balls, and bayonet parts as well as animal bones, and part of the north barrack’s foundation. Representatives will be on hand Saturday for exterior tours around Washington’s Well at Fort Loudoun in period attire.

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Holiday House Tour tickets are on sale now at these following locations in Winchester:
The Final Yard, 33 E. Gerrard St.
Kimberly’s, 135 N. Braddock St.
Winchester Book Gallery, 7 N. Loudoun St. (new location from last year!)
Winchester-Frederick County Visitors Center, 1400 S. Pleasant Valley Rd.
Bough & Dough Shop at the Hexagon House, 530 Amherst St.
Online order (adult tickets only) or the PHW website (adult and child ticket options)

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