Wake Forest Historical Museum

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

Restoring the Old Well

Well Repair 1

Even the most charming landmarks can deteriorate over time. And after more than a century as one of Wake Forest’s most symbolic structures, the historic Old Well needed a bit of a facelift. The outdated lead paint was chipped and peeling, and sections of wood were beginning to decay.

Enter Wake Forest University and its Department of Facility Services which, after several days spent evaluating the condition of the structure, sent two carpenters and six painters to work three weeks restoring the Old Well. The team also attended to similar damage affecting the exterior of the Calvin Jones House– removing rotted wood, repairing 30 shutters, and replacing over 300 board feet of siding.

Now returned to its former glory, the Old Well will look beautiful for many years to come. We’re very thankful for this assistance, and commend Wake Forest University for its constant and generous support.

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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