Wake Forest Historical Museum

414 N. Main Street Wake Forest, NC 27587 ANNOUNCEMENT: The museum will be closed on Sundays through March 1, 2015; opened by appointment only. Call (919.556.2911)

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

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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

Recreating the Olden Days of the Calvin Jones House

The historic Calvin Jones House is getting a complete interior overhaul in preparation for the 2014 Christmas Historic Home Tour, and this new floorcloth is certain to be a focal … Continue reading

November 6, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Brewer-Harris Garden

On October 12, 2014, the Brewer-Harris Garden was dedicated at the annual meeting of the Wake Forest College Birthplace Society. This peaceful patio venue on the north side of the … Continue reading

October 30, 2014 · Leave a comment

A Dancer and a Songwriter – Fame Hits the East End

Like an echo of the literature, music, and fashion known as the Harlem Renaissance, the African-American community in mid-20th century Wake Forest experienced a surge in creativity, intellectualism, and culture. … Continue reading

October 25, 2014 · 3 Comments

Wake Forest’s Saddest Ghost Story

If ghosts are real, then Wake Forest’s most tragic might be 16-year-old Octavia Seawell. Octavia lived in the big white house known as Oakforest Plantation just south of town. She … Continue reading

October 17, 2014 · Leave a comment

A Haunting Halloween on North Main

(CIRCA Magazine – a travel column from the Wake Forest Historical Museum) North Main Street on Halloween night is a ghostly, glittery strobe-lit extravaganza—and a local tradition. With cobwebs fluffed … Continue reading

October 7, 2014 · Leave a comment

At the October 12, 2014 Annual Meeting: Bones McKinney and the Brewer-Harris Garden

The Birthplace Society will hold its annual meeting from 2:00-5:00 pm on Sunday, October 12, 2014 at the Wake Forest Historical Museum. This year’s keynote speaker is author Bethany Bradsher, … Continue reading

September 30, 2014 · Leave a comment

The 1949 Dixie Bowl

Some amazing artifacts that just arrived at the museum seem to have virtually time-traveled straight from a mid-century Dixie Bowl match-up between the Demon Deacons and the Baylor Bears! The … Continue reading

September 26, 2014 · Leave a comment

Old Campus Pranks, ca. 1935

In this 1-minute video, 101-year-old Willard Brown (WFC ’36) recalls a college prank that led to a stern, campus-wide reprimand from the Wake Forest College professors, coaches, and famous Dr. … Continue reading

September 18, 2014 · Leave a comment

A Russian in Wake Forest

In the 1930s, a Wake Forest College student from Russia studied to become a minister before his life was cut tragically short. In a 1-minute video, Willard Brown (WFC ’36), age 101, shares … Continue reading

September 4, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Arson Fires

In the early hours of May 5, 1933, the original Wait Hall burned to the ground. Wake Forest College students were roused from sleep to run outside and watch the … Continue reading

August 30, 2014 · 4 Comments

Driveable Destinations – Summer 2014

(CIRCA Magazine – A travel column from the Wake Forest Historical Museum) The universe loves the number three. Consider the three little pigs, the three bears, and the three blind … Continue reading

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The World War II Exhibit Slideshow

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The Handsome American Pilot and the Little German Boy

The pilot is handsome in a modern way, with a smile you might see on Facebook or Instagram. Rather than part of the distant past, he could almost pass for … Continue reading

June 23, 2014 · 1 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