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Residents gather to mark Alabama historical well in Damascus

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A group of residents, former residents and those interested in the history of Damascus gathered at Damascus Baptist Church on Sat., Jan. 7, to place an Alabama Historical marker at what is known as “Damascus Travelers Well.”

All though the well is no longer in use, it has been a place of memories for both young and old. The date of the construction has been forgotten, but it was a public “watering hole” for many years.  The well was filled in at a later date because of vandalism.

Through the leadership of a long-time resident, Thomas White, the funds were raised to purchase the marker, and to bury a time capsule at the well that holds many memories for the residents of the area. The capsule was placed by Perry Neal Watson, whose family owned the land on which it was constructed.

White will speak more on the marker at the Jan. 24 meeting of the Escambia County Historical Society, which meets at 3 p.m. at the McMillan Museum on the Coastal Alabama Community College-Brewton campus.