Thursday, August 25, 2016

A Vital Renovation: The Well At The Old Thompson Mansion In Dorchester

The Dorchester Times hereby declares the renovation at 1002 Lincoln Ave. the village's most important renovation of the early 21st century.

Not only did this impressive restoration a few years ago save of one of Dorchester's most historic homes -- the former estate of Dorchester pioneer W.J. Thompson -- it also brought a new business to town.

The 3,000 sq. ft. home, built in 1901, sits on the corner of 10th and Lincoln Avenue and is an intriguing piece of our past as the site of Dorchester's famous Elmwood Pony Farm.

Now the mansion is known as The Well, which will soon complete its third year in business.  Co-owner Julie Holly says the businesses name is short for "wellness" -- and because her husband Joe drills water wells. 

Holly's goal for the area community is wellness -- wellness through massage, eating healthy and exercise.  Over the past three years, the Well has been visited by many in our county.  In fact, this unique business draws people from all over southeast Nebraska.

The Well's customers know that it is there for those who are serious about living a healthier lifestyle.  The Well offers alternative and holistic health, including massages, aromatherapy 
health, essential oils, soaps and lotions, crafts -- even yoga class.  It also offers healthy snack items, fresh herbs grown at the Holly farm and herb plants started in the Holly green house. 

"One day we  hope to have a bed and breakfast in the upper portion of the house," Holly said a couple years ago, noting that the renovation is ongoing so visitors are able to experience the house as it changes.  

Back in 2014, Holly was quoted as saying, "Joe and I are trying to bring the house back to its early 1900's roots. ... Our hope is to share this house with the community. People are welcome to stop by whenever they see we are there. I post a sign at the door during massages so my clients are not disturbed."

At last check, Julie was in the process of getting the house on the National Register of Historic Places. 

Hours of operation are currently 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tues.-Thurs.; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays; and by appointment.  The hours are subject to change.  Click here for The Well's website.

The Well's phone number is 402-418-1838 or e-mail her at

The Well has a Facebook page, too, where specials are posted.  

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