Tuesday, June 15, 2010
I've seen a lot of things during my travels but I've never seen a fountain like this. It stands in a sunny corner of historic Fernandina Beach and it looks like a creative art installation. I stared at it for a long time, trying to discover exactly what its for. Washing dishes? Splashing nearby plants? Look closely. There's a tiny fountain at the bottom, a huge fountain at the right and a normal sized fountain on the left. What in the world do you do with all of them? Turns out that this is the Duryee Fountain, built in the 1870s, by the wife of an army officer. She loved animals, perhaps a little bit more than humans so she commissioned this fountain to give water to horses, cats and dogs and humans! Now what did you think it was for?