Wake Forest Historical Museum

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

From Slavery to Freedom in Wake Forest

When Calvin Jones arrived at his newly purchased farm in 1821–in the part of the county he later named “Wake Forest”–he brought more than his family. He also brought a number of … Continue reading

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The Big Snow of 1948

A violent winter storm hit town in 1948. It was the first week of February, and twelve inches of ice and snow threatened to shut down campus. Law Professor William Soule … Continue reading

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“Doctor” Tom Loses Home by Fire

On the afternoon of January 13, 1923, an out of control blaze destroyed the home of “Doctor” Tom Jeffries in the Wake Forest neighborhood now known as the East End. … Continue reading

January 13, 2016 · 1 Comment

Spending the Day in Old Salem

(CIRCA Magazine – A travel column from the Wake Forest Historical Museum) Stepping into Old Salem is more than an experience, it’s a revelation. The air is clearer. The colors are … Continue reading

January 7, 2016 · 2 Comments

Museum Holiday Card Gallery

We hope you enjoy this gallery of cards from the past several years, illustrated by local artist Shirley Matheny. And we wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New … Continue reading

December 22, 2015 · Leave a comment

Merry Christmas! ‘1875 Style’

In the early days of Wake Forest College, it was too difficult for students to travel home for the holidays. This article, published decades ago, gives a glimpse of  Christmas in … Continue reading

December 4, 2015 · 1 Comment

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

November 10, 2015 · Leave a comment

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

November 4, 2015 · Leave a comment

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 · 9 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

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

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The 1830s case clock purchased in a Rocky Mount antique shop is the finishing touch for the historic Calvin Jones House. #wakeforestcollege In celebration of 182-years, a 1950s era hand-painted Wake Forest necktie. Happy Birthday, #wfu and here's to the next 182!!! 1940s fan with iconic local advertisers: W.W. Holding, Hollowell's, Bolus Department Store, Jones Hardware, T.E. Holding Drugstore, Castle Theater, and more. New to the collection: 1951 Wake Forest College Cheerleaders. #WakeForest #OldCampus