Re: [gardeners] finding wells

Janni (
Wed, 27 Feb 2002 10:46:39 -0600

The old timers here water witch (not with a bent stick, but with a forked 
stick, where you hold onto the two forks and the 'tail' points to water). I 
have never seen one work, but that doesn't mean it doesn't. The Indians did 
it for years.


At 04:16 PM 2/27/02 +0000, you wrote:
>Dear Penny,
>  Back in the old days my uncle claimed he was a water witch and could 
> find water with a bent stick.  Of course, this was in the Berkshires, in 
> western Mass., where there are creeks, freshets, rivers, swamps, bogs - 
> in short there is water everywhere.  He took me out in the north field 
> one summer day and I gave it a try.  I was maybe l0.  Sure enough the 
> stick bent downwards.  We were maybe l00 feet from a large brook at the 
> time though.  Looking back on it now, I'm doubtful about its veracity and 
> really think it was the psychology of the situation that made the stick 
> feel like it had to go down towards the ground.
>  Is that how you and your husband located where to dig for your well?
>  Carolyn
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