Wake Forest Historical Museum

LOCATION: 414 N. Main Street Wake Forest, NC 27587 CONTACT: 919-556-2911

History of the Old Well

old well

The Old Well is a beloved campus landmark that likely dates back to the early days of the Calvin Jones House. Located just a few yards from the house at its original location on the Wake Forest College campus, the well may have served as the property’s first water source.

Reportedly dug by the Wilson Artesian Company, records suggest the well was installed through 70-feet of solid rock for a total depth of 101-feet. The everyday pump was replaced in the early part of the twentieth century, when the Class of 1911 raised funds to purchase the elegant marble fountain for which the Old Well became famous.

When Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary decided the Old Well was no longer needed on campus, its leaders generously donated the structure to the Wake Forest College Birthplace Society, where it was honored with a dedication ceremony on April 21, 2001.

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Hours & Info

Tues-Fri: 9am-noon & 1:30-4:30pm
Sun: 2pm-5pm

Closed: Saturday and Monday

Call us at 919.556.2911

Free Admission

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Flying the Demon Deacon flag as we host visitors from the WFU Alumni Council. Welcome to #oldcampus! Happy Easter from the Wake Forest Historical Museum. (Old Well photographed from the Brewer-Harris Garden) These are the brothers of Kappa Sigma fraternity. They went to school here on the Old Campus and reunite each year at the Trek. They are an amazing group and we appreciate all they do for the Wake Forest Historical Museum! #kappasigma #wfu "His most unusual talent was combining profanity in unexpected ways," author Tucker Mitchell says to our Trek to the Old Campus crowd, about the subject of his excellent biography, legendary WFC football coach Peahead Walker. #wfu #oldcampus