A most unusual find at Village Hill in Northampton

  • This underground storage tank, made of brick, was discovered during excavation work at Village Hill in Northampton.  SUBMITTED PHOTO/WRIGHT BUILDERS

  • This underground storage tank, made of brick, was discovered during excavation work at Village Hill in Northampton.  SUBMITTED PHOTO/WRIGHT BUILDERS

Staff Writer
Published: 5/29/2020 2:16:14 PM

NORTHAMPTON — A team from Wright Builders was working on the construction of a home at Village Hill on Wednesday when they came across an unexpected underground find: a water storage tank made of brick.

The tank, found several feet underground, is spherical in shape and its diameter is about 8 feet, said Jonathan Wright, founder and senior adviser of the construction company. 

Wright went to the site to see the tank. “I was like, holy smokes!” he recalled. “It’s just such a cool piece of infrastructure.”

About 10 years ago, he found a similar though smaller structure off Olander Drive.

He suspects the Village Hill structure is from the 19th century and was once part of the Northampton State Hospital. It may have been used for drainage or water storage, he said. The hospital was established in 1855 and closed in the early 1990s.

“I was surprised actually that it wasn’t crushed in the demolition of the state hospital,” he said. “It’s a nice piece of work.”

Now it’s within the perimeter of a new house and must be removed, Wright said. 

Greta Jochem can be reached at gjochem@gazettenet.com.




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