Wake Forest Historical Museum

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

Shop for Christmas at the Museum Store!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year… and what better way to enjoy the holidays than with a gift that honors our community’s vibrant past? Our museum store has … Continue reading

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Lovefeast at Wake Forest Historical Museum

Lovefeast at Wake Forest Historical Museum (This event is full. Registration is closed.) Streamed live from Wait Chapel on Sunday, December 6, 8 p.m. EST Friends will gather at the Wake … Continue reading

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Plea of Mother Saves Two Bodies From Dissection

The old Wake Forest College Medical School always needed bodies for dissection–and none came with a story more sad or strange than this one. “I Know They Done Wrong, But They Were Mine,” … Continue reading

October 17, 2015 · Leave a comment

Speaker Gene Boyce: Wake Forest to Watergate

Annual Meeting Scheduled for Sunday, October 18th The Wake Forest College Birthplace Society will hold its annual meeting from 2:00-5:00 pm on Sunday, October 18, 2015 at the Wake Forest Historical … Continue reading

October 14, 2015 · Leave a comment

October 15, 1954 – Hurricane Hazel Hits Wake Forest

(A report published in the storm’s aftermath.)  Wake Foresters listened to radios and read the day’s paper Thursday evening about the eighth lady of the season to rear up and menace … Continue reading

October 13, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Medical Bags of Dr. Matthew Dalton Phillips

These cases were carried on horseback by a country doctor practicing medicine in rural North Carolina about a hundred years ago. Apart from the passage of time, they are exactly as Dr. … Continue reading

September 30, 2015 · Leave a comment

Kinston… A Famous Chef and a Sunken Ship

(CIRCA Magazine – A travel column from the Wake Forest Historical Museum) Although my kids insist that eating two dinners and visiting a Civil War museum is not how normal people … Continue reading

August 26, 2015 · Leave a comment

“Back to School” with Dr. Calvin Jones

Calvin Jones, the planter who invented the name “Wake Forest,” was a physician, educator, journalist, military strategist, and politician. But Jones was also a father and–like most fathers–he was full of good, … Continue reading

August 11, 2015 · Leave a comment

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

June 25, 2015 · Leave a comment

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

June 10, 2015 · 8 Comments

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

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