• Lisa Marie

The Wescott Fountain: Did you take your birthday dip?



The Westcott fountain is an essential landmark at Florida State University. I, like many other students, had classes nearby or happened to be in the neighborhood because of the FSU store, the sorority houses, or a nearby dormitory. The Westcott fountain was a gift of the 1915 and 1917 classes. Since 1917, the Westcott fountain pays homage to those that came before. It is a beautiful landmark in memory of the alumni and for the present-day students to enjoy.

In 1988, the original fountain had to be replaced due to failure in its support structure. However, it has been a solid structure since the replacement. I attended FSU between 2000-2004, and the tradition was to jump into the fountain on your birthday. I personally never jumped into the fountain. However, a few of my friends have!


There are a few haunted stories about the Westcott fountain. However, I haven’t heard any in detail, nor have I ever encountered strange activity at the fountain. So, I will continue to think of my fountain as the innocent and beautiful landmark that it is, and forever will be! As you can see from the pictures on this page, this fountain holds a lifetime of memories and a mouthful of secrets.


Throughout the years, there have been a few pranks with soap or dye. As comical as it may be to some, the cleaning crew has to work endlessly to clean up the mess and return the fountain to its original state.

The Westcott fountain is open to the public and doesn’t charge its visitors when they come for a picture or even a quick splash.

I hope you stop by the fountain on your next trip to Tallahassee, Florida. Enjoy!


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