Wake Forest Historical Museum

414 N. Main Street Wake Forest, NC 27587 (919.556.2911)

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

Wake Forest in World War II

From the movies they watched to the coins in their pockets, life for Wake Forest residents changed dramatically during the war years. With copper needed to manufacture shell casings, the … Continue reading

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Driveable Destinations – Spring 2014

(CIRCA Magazine – A travel column from the Wake Forest Historical Museum) Photo courtesy of Michael Blevins Photography “Talent hits a target no one else can hit; Genius hits a … Continue reading

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Looking for Relief from March Madness

Written by Tom Parrish (WFU ’67) President, Wake Forest College Birthplace Society The ACC basketball tournament is a reminder of the fever that strikes this time of year, especially if … Continue reading

March 19, 2014 · Leave a comment

Calvin Jones and the War of 1812 – A Reenactment

As many of you have probably guessed, the War of 1812 actually occurred in 1814. Although Congress officially declared war on the British in 1812–for conspiring to block America’s westward … Continue reading

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The Legacy of L. Robert Best: “Let your light shine.”

He was a headmaster straight from Central Casting–a stern, bespectacled black man from Barbados with a clipped accent, perfect manners, and a passion for equal education that would change Wake … Continue reading

March 7, 2014 · 2 Comments

Driveable Destinations – Winter 2014

(CIRCA Magazine – A travel column from the Wake Forest Historical Museum) It lies along a winding, country road, its fluted Doric columns strangely at odds with the surrounding countryside. … Continue reading

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How the Garden Club Made History

In June 1956, one month after Wake Forest College moved to Winston-Salem, a group of eleven women from the Wake Forest Garden Club decided to save the Calvin Jones House … Continue reading

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The High Humor and Historic Times of Dr. N.Y. Gulley

Dr. Needham Yancey Gulley’s life was split almost evenly between the centuries. As a boy during the Civil War, he saw Sherman’s troops march toward Raleigh. In 1894 he founded … Continue reading

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A 1927 “Letter to Santa” at the Community Christmas Dinner

Article appearing in the November 21, 2013 edition of the The Wake Forest Weekly: It was three weeks before Christmas when nine-year-old Tom Arrington wrote a letter to Santa Claus … Continue reading

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A Collections Visit from WFU

Article appearing in the August 8, 2013 edition of The Wake Forest Weekly:

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Driveable Destinations – Christmas 2013

(CIRCA Magazine – A travel column from the Wake Forest Historical Museum) Photograph by Steve Rankin Anyone who’s experienced the magic of Christmas can verify that not even Santa’s toy … Continue reading

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Driveable Destinations – Fall 2013

(CIRCA Magazine-A travel column from the Wake Forest Historical Museum) With Halloween in the air and the holiday season ahead, it’s time for a whirlwind tour of a very spooky … Continue reading

October 30, 2013 · 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