CLEAN WATER AND GOOD HEALTH
Constructed in the 1770s with hollowed-out logs for
piping, the first public water system developed in this region was
in Salem, N.C. Most North Carolinians, however, until the early 1900s
had to rely on cisterns and wells on their own properties for drinking
water. The photographs depict the following:
WATER: A woman in Northhampton County, N.C., collects water from her
POVERTY & SELF-SUFFICIENCY: woman identified
as "Aunt Lucy" stands in the doorway of her home near Dobson
in Surry County, N.C., October 1907.
THE OLD "OLD WELL": image, ca.
1890, showing the gazebo-like structure that once surrounded the Old
Well here at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. From
the opening of the University in 1795 through the nineteenth century,
the Old Well was the principal source of drinking water on campus.
NCC Photographic Archives