The “Fountain of Youth” in Lewes


AS WE CONTINUE TO CELEBRATE ALL THINGS DELMARVA SO YOU HEAR THE WORDS FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH. WHAT DO YOU THINK. NO SUCH THING. NOT SO FAST. SAY AS MATTER FACT OUR NEXT GUEST ARE HERE TO PROVE THAT THERE REALLY IS A FOUNTAIN YOUTH AND IT REALLY IS RIGHT HERE ON DELMARVA AS MATTER FACT WE LIKE TO INTRODUCE TO YOU THIS AFTERNOON DENISE CLEMENT’S NIECE IS THE PAST REGENT OF THE COLONEL DAVID HALL CHAPTER OF NATIONAL SOCIETY DAUGHTERS OF AMERICAN REVOLUTION. WITH HER IS D.A. OUR MEMBER PATTY HEARST. ALSO JOINING US THIS RELEASE. THANK YOU SO MUCH THANKS FOR HARVARD FOR COMING SO THERE REALLY IS A FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH YES THERE IS A ON INDIA PROPERTY OFF PILOT TOWN ROAD ACROSS THE STREET ON THE CANAL BANK FROM MOREHOUSE WHICH THE DAUGHTERS IN NINETEEN SIX I BELIEVE PURCHASED THE PROPERTY AND WE PURCHASED THE WHOLE PROPERTY IN 1962 TAKING IT DOWN TO THE STUDS AND PUTTING IT BACK IN THIS HISTORICAL PRESERVATION STATE THAT IT IS IN TODAY. BUT THE IMPORTANT PART ABOUT THE FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH IS THAT PATTI AND HER HUSBAND TED WHO WE CALL A HO DA WHICH IS A HUSBAND OF DARPA WOULD LIKE IT REFURBISHED THE FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH AS PART OF A PROJECT FOR AN EDUCATION PROGRAM THAT THE D.A. RUNS CALLED NEW HORIZONS YES AN EYE ON EYE. UNBEKNOWNST TO ME I STARTED LOOKING ON GOOGLE TO GET SOME INFORMATION TO SEE WHAT WAS OUT THERE. PEOPLE HAVE BEEN VISITING THE FOUNTAIN USERS TALKING AND PICTURES AND I MEAN PRINT AND PICTURES ABOUT HOW TO DOES IT WHEN THEY CAME A VISITED IT WAS ALL FROGS AND AND GREEN PLANTS NO WATER OR THERE’S A ONE LADY THAT’S STANDING BY THE FOUNTAIN GOING LIKE THIS TO YOUR HUSBAND. WHO’S THIS. KELCE MAN WITH A LITTLE ROAD TUBE AROUND THEM IN A BALD HEAD HE’S RUNNING LIKE THIS THE YEAH. IT WAS REALLY FUNNY. I WAS JUST LIKE REALLY SHOCKED AND THEN I SOMEONE WHO I BELIEVE IS NAMED ZAC BROWN DID A BLOG ON IT HE DOES HISTORICAL DIFFERENT PLACES. YEAH HE SAID NOTHING ABOUT FROGS. NO WATER HALL OF VEGETATE THAT’S IT. YOU KNOW I’M NOT GONNA HAVE A DRINK THIS SUMMER. IT IS REALLY VERY INTERESTING TO FIND THAT INFORMATION BUT IT IS SAID THAT THE WELL WAS BUILT IN THE 16 HUNDREDS WHEN LEWIS WAS FOUNDED 16 31. AND TODAY IT STILL SURVIVES. MY HUSBAND I GOT THERE WAS NOTHING BUT MUCK AND GREEN PLANTS GROWING OUT OF IT. THE YEAR BEFORE I HAD TAKEN CATALYST OUT OF IT. SO WE TOOK OUT TWO FEET TO THREE FEET OF MUCK VEGETATION DECAYING MUDDY LOOKING HORRIBLE AND HE TOOK IT ALL OUT WITH HIS SHOVEL AND THEN WHEN WE GOT TO THE BOTTOM WE SAW THE WATER WE TOOK 15 BUCKETS OF WATER OUT AND THEN WE PROCEEDED TO ADD THE WATER LEVEL WAS ABOUT LIKE THIS. WE PROCEEDED TO SCRAPE THE PAIN AND START PAINTING AND THEN OUR THE WELL HAD FILLED UP TO THE EDGE OF THE BRICK. THE BRIDGES AROUND AND THE PAVILION GAZEBO WHATEVER YOU WANT TO CALL IT WERE ALL BUILT IN 1937 BY THE LEWES CHAMBER OF COMMERCE TO COMMEMORATE A REUNION THEY WERE HAVING A HOMECOMING AND LEWIS IN AND. IT WAS AMAZING THE SPRING WORKS AND THERE’S REALLY WATER. SO AND ONE OF THE KEY PIECES IS YOU HAVE TO DRINK THE WELL WATER WITH A RIGHT HANDED CONCRETE SHELL. THEY’RE VERY VERY RARE AND WE’VE USED TO HAVE A CORK SHELL CHAINED TO THE GAZEBO SUCH AS THE RIGHT ONE YEAH. BUT THEY KEPT VANISHING SO PEOPLE TOOK THEM IT’S SOUVENIRS. SO SO WHY THE FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH KIND OF WHY. WHAT MADE YOU GUYS SAY THIS IS THE FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH. THAT’S WHAT IT’S BEEN CALLED. AS FAR AS WE KNOW WE CAN ONLY GO BACK TO 1937 WHEN THE THERE’S A BIG NEWSPAPER ARTICLE WITH A PICTURE OF THE GENTLEMAN FROM THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE WHERE THEY HAD BUILT THE GAZEBO AND PUT THE BRICKS AROUND WE HAVE NOT FOUND DENISE TRIED TO FIND OUT SOME MAPS OR MAPS IS NOT MENTIONED WHICH I PROBABLY WOULDN’T MENTION AS WELL BUT THEY NEED TO YEAH IT’S BEEN CALLED AN ANCIENT WELL IT’S BEEN TOUTED THROUGH THE TOWN THE HISTORY OF THE TOWN HAS BEEN FROM THE 16TH HUNDRED. OKAY SO WE GOT THE OPEN HOUSE THIS SATURDAY YES. TELL US ABOUT IT WAS. SO WE’RE GONNA OPEN THEM ALL HOUSE AND YOU’LL SEE THE WORK THAT PATTI DESCRIBED IN TERMS OF RESTORING IT TO ITS ORIGINAL 17TH THIRTY NINE CONDITION. AND WE’RE GOING TO SHOW A PIECE OF ARTWORK HOW DO YOU WORK THAT THE CHAPTER MEMBERS PUT TOGETHER TELLING THE STORY OF THE CHAPTER THE HOUSE THE FAMILY THAT OWNED A HOUSE AND ITS CONNECTION TO THE HISTORY OF LEWIS AND WE’LL BE THERE THAT WAS THAT WE WON THE NATIONAL CONTEST FOR THIS PIECE OF WALL HANGING. AND SO YOU’LL GET A CHANCE TO SEE THAT AND TOUR THE HOUSE YES SO GIVE US THE DETAILS OF IT’S THIS SATURDAY FROM TEN THIRTY TWO TO THIRTY AND IT’S AT THE MALL HOUSE WHICH IS PILOT TOWN ROAD IN LEWIS ACROSS THE CANAL AND YOU CAN STOP BY AND VISIT THE FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH ON YOUR WAY ALL RIGHT. MAYBE GET A LITTLE YOUNGER THAT’S RIGHT. THAT’S RIGHT. THANK YOU LADIES THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR JOINING

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