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 The outdated lead paint was chipped and peeling, and sections of wood were beginning to decay.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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Atlas Ray, owner of a legendary store in the Harricanes, was among those remembered at the WFHA program on country stores. Just received several reels of 16mm film. Looks like 1950s home movies of the Demon Deacs in the Billy Barnes days!!! From the April 1961 Wake Forest phone book... instructions on how to use a dial telephone, how to dial a number, how to interpret ringing and busy signals, and what to do on a party line. Anyone else remember those days? This amazing photo from Sanford Bailey shows just HALF of the folks at the 1954 Powell Family Reunion!!!