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.
- The current form of The Old Well was completed in 1897 and modeled after the Temple of Love in the Garden of Versailles.
- The Old Well served as the sole source of water for the entire campus for many years.
- 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.
- 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.
- The Old Well is recognized as a National Landmark for Outstanding Architecture by the American Society of Landscape Architects.