Rachel at the Well is Fort Myers Legend
It may not be the biggest attraction for tourists to Fort Myers, but for locals, Rachel at the Well is a legend of sorts. Located on McGregor Boulevard, the statue has stood in place for nearly 100 years, and countless visitors have probably unintentionally seen it en route to some of the city’s more widely known sites and attractions.
In nearly a century’s time, Rachel has withstood the force of countless hurricanes. Likely sheltered all those years by shrubbery and a wrought iron fence, it took decades, and 100-mile-per-hour winds during Hurricane Ian, to finally leave a mark.
Notably, Hurricane Ian left some scuffs and cracks behind. Winds also caused the cast stone statue to bend forward, and it was left with a gaping hole. It didn’t take long for neighbors to push for repairs.
Rachel at the Well is kind of a catchy, descriptive name, but she got it from locals. The statue depicts a Grecian maiden pouring water from an urn into a basin.
The statue’s maker originally called her by a different name, which was The Spirit of Fort Myers. Some might say it’s fitting today, as even with a few bumps and cracks thanks to a hurricane, she was never permanently knocked down.
No matter what you call her, the statue was commissioned decades ago by a developer to mark the entry into his new neighborhood. Found at McGregor Boulevard and Llewellyn Drive, Rachel at the Well is located very close to the Edison-Ford Winter Estates.
You’ve probably seen it before, as Rachel also stands only about a block away from Thomas Edison Congregational Church. The Edisons had their own connection to the statue.
According to reports, the sculptor added clothing to the original design after an outcry from none other than Thomas Edison’s wife over a nude statue going up. Ironically, it was Edison’s wife who also helped officially unveil the new Edison Park neighborhood entrance, including the statue, in the 1920s.