The Old Well: 5 Things You May Not Know

Located in the heart of campus, the Old Well is perhaps one of the most iconic images associated with The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Here are 5 things that you may not know about this beautiful and historic landmark.

  1. The current form of The Old Well was completed in 1897 and modeled after the Temple of Love in the Garden of Versailles.
  2. The Old Well served as the sole source of water for the entire campus for many years.
  3. The Old Well wasn’t always called “The Old Well”, when it was first built it was called “The New Well” because it was the newest well within 50 miles.
  4. Campus tradition dictates that if students drink from The Old Well on the first day of the semester that they will receive straight A’s.
  5. The Old Well is recognized as a National Landmark for Outstanding Architecture by the American Society of Landscape Architects.IMG_0147
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