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?