Williamsburg Gate Weight

A few weeks ago, I posted an image of a water well seen during a midday stroll through the historic district in Williamsburg, VA.  That same property was bordered by this algae covered fence.  While I thought the green color really added to the look of the white fence, I’m not sure that the caretakers of the historic property agree.

I was also drawn to this gate weight which allows the garden gate to swing gently closed by gravity.

I wasn’t able to find much history about these 18th century gate weights.

Can any of you gardeners or historians offer any information?

21 thoughts on “Williamsburg Gate Weight

  1. Beautiful images Laurie 🙂 I am always impressed by the simple technology (gate weight) or should I say elegant simple solutions to every day problems that were used years ago.

Because Boomdee dared me: Lay a little sugar on me :-)

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