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City accepts deed to original town springs
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This site off Colville Street was an overgrown thicket before McMinnville Heritage Preservation cleaned it and erected a stone called Our Ebenezer to commemorate the citys original water source. The city has accepted the deed to the property to ensure it remains properly maintained.

McMinnville officials have adopted the site of the original town springs, the spot that drew settlers into the area more than 200 years ago.
The measure was passed unanimously Tuesday night by Mayor Jimmy Haley and Aldermen Jimmy Bonner, Ryle Chastain, Steve Harvey, Everett Brock and Jimmy Bonner. Vice Mayor Ben Newman was absent.
McMinnville Heritage Preservation member Neil Schultz offered the group’s latest historic conservation effort to the city – the deed to the original town springs, a water source and the reason why the city was built here. Group members, with the help of volunteers, spent years and $40,000 cleaning the area, constructing an area for a stone monument, and establishing a rock garden to mark the spot that prompted settlers to locate here.
Brock questioned how much land the deed included.
“It’s less than an acre,” said Schultz.
Officials accepted a piece of history when they accepted the deed to the land, says Schultz. 
“It was the first lot deeded,” he said. “It was Lot 46. Of the first deeds that were put out, our lot was the first deeded. It was May 7, 1811.”
The area was the primary source of water for the city from 1810 to 1884. The city was founded in 1810.
Preservation members called the eight-foot stone “Our Ebenezer,” a Hebrew word which means stone of help, and the rock garden around it “Emmanuel’s Garden” after a black church that once stood there.
The area is located on Colville Street near the BRC office.