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Old Spring Restoration Continues

Update: Step completed

Concrete step is completed and has dried.

Concrete step is completed and has dried.

As we have noted numerous times on this website in both News posts and on the page dedicated specifically to Amherst’s Old Spring, the Old Spring site is one of the most historic spots in Amherst – it is located in the heart of the downtown and was the reason the town’s center is located there.  The Spring’s history is as old as Beaver Creek, and its history flows from the beginning of Amherst as a town through today and into tomorrow.

The Old Spring restoration began last year, and we are picking the project up again this Spring and Summer, as the opportunity presents itself.

On April 18, 2014 we went down to the Old Spring and took advantage of the mid-60s Spring weather.  The blood root wildflowers are out and are very nice and large (one reason because of the soil and moist conditions). Anyway, Museum staff member Bill Nahorn and Col. Nahorn worked on pouring the concrete step at the entrance to the Spring basin.  It was very pleasant weather to accomplish this project.  Also, the basin was cleaned out of leaves and such, and a new drain cover was placed, as the old one has gone missing (it was in need of a new cover, anyway). 

The step area is formed-up with wood.

The step area is formed-up with wood.

The step is poured.  Not the Spring "still flows" in the background of the photo.

The step is poured. Note the Spring “still flows” in the background of the photo.