The Spring House
A source of fresh, clean water was vital to the life of early settlers in the Blue Ridge Mountains. In the 18th and 19th centuries they were a part of the rural landscape. They were a good way to keep the water pure and provided natural refrigeration. On the hottest day in the summer spring water remained at a temperature of about 50 degrees Fahrenheit. Ledges were built into the spring house along with places to hang meat, vegetables, and fruit for cold storage.
As Jesus spoke to a Samaritan woman at Jacob's well, He told her, "Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life." (John 4:13-14)
When you receive Jesus into your life, you drink in living water that completely satisfies your thirst for spiritual fulfillment. As a result, YOU become a spring house of that living water for sharing with others who are desperately thirsty for the fountain of eternal life.
Mountain Farm Life at Sunrise
Spring House and Feeding Trough
Blue Ridge Parkway (MP 5.9)