Wake Forest Historical Museum

LOCATION: 414 N. Main Street Wake Forest, NC 27587 CONTACT: 919-556-2911

Farm Life: Wake Forest in 1939

Nearly 80-years ago, a New Deal photographer traveled to Wake Forest to snap these indelible images of Depression Era farm life on a property just past the outskirts of town. The images are from the treasure … Continue reading

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The Harricane: Land of Paradox

In February 1941, an article about the Harricane (or Harricanes as we’ve been kindly advised) appeared in the Wake Forest College literary magazine, The Student. A series of nine photographs accompanied the … Continue reading

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BreadWorks at the Lynch Creek Farm Cabin

(CIRCA Magazine – A travel column from the Wake Forest Historical Museum) What would you say about a Sunday brunch of poached egg over a mixture of roasted potatoes, sausage, bell … Continue reading

May 14, 2015 · 1 Comment

The Wall Murder – Wake Forest’s Civil War Legend

UPDATE – Wall Family Descendant Ronald R. Wall, Colonel, USAF (Retired) has kindly provided the facts to fill in the blanks of this fascinating piece of history. Read his remarks here, … Continue reading

May 1, 2015 · 4 Comments

Hometown Teams Has Come and Gone!

UPDATE: Hometown Teams completed its very successful run on May 31, 2015. The next day it was packed into crates by museum staff and shipped to its next stop at … Continue reading

April 17, 2015 · Leave a comment

A Salute to the Holding School of Dance

When it comes to adorable photographs, it’s virtually impossible to surpass young dancers in recital costumes. So it was quite thrilling this week to receive a collection of three Kodachrome slides from … Continue reading

March 29, 2015 · 2 Comments

Saying Good-Bye to the Cullom House

It’s like the death of a friend, really… saying good-bye to an old house that’s been around for 124-years. It’s especially painful when the house is such a good one. … Continue reading

March 26, 2015 · 7 Comments

A Rare Glimpse of the 1950 Campus in Technicolor!

One of the museum’s more exciting recent finds within the collection has been a group of color slides depicting campus life in 1950. The images, donated by Cedric Davis (WFU … Continue reading

March 17, 2015 · Leave a comment

Trek to the Old Campus: April 25, 2015

This year’s Old Campus Trek, scheduled for Saturday April 25th, occurs at a time of unprecedented excitement for the Wake Forest Historical Museum. The museum will have just launched the … Continue reading

March 11, 2015 · Leave a comment

Calling All Groups, Clubs, Classes… to Hometown Teams!

This is a moment of unprecedented excitement for the Wake Forest Historical Museum! We are preparing to launch the run of Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America, a world class … Continue reading

February 19, 2015 · Leave a comment

Legendary Locals of Wake Forest

Legendary Locals of Wake Forest is here and now on sale at the museum! If you wonder what it’s like–attempting to narrow down nearly 200-years of history into a tidy … Continue reading

February 10, 2015 · Leave a comment

Hometown Teams – A Traveling Exhibition from the Smithsonian Institution

Did you know Wake Forest College students traveled to Argentina in 1951 to play baseball in the first ever Pan American Games? This is just one of the incredible stories … Continue reading

February 7, 2015 · Leave a comment

The DuBois School Athletic Program – In Celebration of Black History Month

To mark Black History Month, the museum is sharing a rare collection of images from the DuBois School. By the time these photographs were taken in 1964-65, school segregation was … Continue reading

February 7, 2015 · Leave a comment

Driveable Destinations – Oxford to Clarksville

(CIRCA Magazine – A travel column from the Wake Forest Historical Museum) Winter travel is nicest when it involves a warm car ride. That’s why this particular Driveable Destination takes … Continue reading

January 9, 2015 · Leave a comment

Christmas at the Calvin Jones House

With its new interior restoration, the Calvin Jones House graciously welcomed the approximately 1,500 visitors who took a step back in time on the cold, rainy December day of the … Continue reading

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Christmas in Wake Forest – The Historic Home Tour

Close your eyes and remember Christmas of days long ago. Imagine strolling along Main Street, admiring beautiful homes adorned with garland and bows while listening to the distant sounds of … Continue reading

November 25, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Day Dizzy Came to Town

(Originally published in The Wake Weekly) In one of the most spectacular, and possibly strangest, moments in Wake Forest’s holiday history, music legend Dizzy Gillespie bounded off a Greyhound bus … Continue reading

November 20, 2014 · Leave a comment

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