W.C.T.U. Water Fountain, Avon Village Park

Photo: 1904

Woman’s Christian Temperance Union (W.C.T.U.) Fountain

The hammered and polished Barre granite fountain, installed in 1904, is located near the west side of the Avon Village Park.  

National Woman's Christian Temperance Union (NWCTU)'s organizing convention of 1874 encouraged its attendees to erect drinking fountains in their hometowns. The NWCTU advocated the fountains as a means to discourage people from entering saloons for refreshment.

The NWCTU sponsored temperance fountains in towns and cities across the United States.

In the early 1900s, the movement for the establishment of drinking fountains was renewed and the Avon W.C.T.U. began raising funds to erect a drinking fountain in Avon Park. Over $500 was raised and a contract was awarded to C. Sutherland of Perry, N.Y. for $470. The specifications stated the fountain was to be of polished and hammered Barre granite, square, gable roof, bowl open at the four sides, two sprays from which to catch a draught of the cool refreshing waters, a cellar with pipe coil, and receiver for ice when needed. Back of the fountain is to be anchored two iron seats.

The fountain was transferred to the Village of Avon and ready with ice for the fourth of July, 1904. It continued in active use until the second half of the twentieth century.