Wake Forest Historical Museum

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

Rain Saves Lives at Olive Branch Baptist Church

It was February 10, 1946 when heavy rain struck–bringing with it a miracle that could be called fate, luck, or Providence. As it was a Sunday morning, the children of … Continue reading

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Movie Stars in Cars… in 1938 Wake Forest!

A flurry of excitement hit town in the late 1930s when a Hollywood actress passed through on U.S. 1… and picked up a Wake Forest College boy! Dolores Del Rio Plays Supporting Role to … Continue reading

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The Downtown Blaze of 1896

In early January 1896, several of the wooden buildings in downtown Wake Forest burned to the ground. The news broke on the morning of January 9, 1896, with reports appearing … Continue reading

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A Forgotten Wake Forest Christmas Tradition

During the Great Depression, when so many people were struggling, the citizens of Wake Forest celebrated an event called “White Christmas”… and it was special. It took the traditions of the town … Continue reading

December 23, 2016 · Leave a comment

The 69th Annual Wake Forest Community Christmas Dinner

The 69th annual Wake Forest Community Christmas Dinner will be held on Monday, December 5th at the Forks Cafeteria at 339 S. Brooks Street. Tickets cost $15 each and are … Continue reading

November 15, 2016 · Leave a comment

Haunted History: Strange Happenings on the Old Campus

The following account is a haunted legend that grew up around the Alumni Building, which served as Wake Forest College’s first medical school. The building, located where the SEBTS Jacumin-Simpson … Continue reading

October 25, 2016 · Leave a comment

Speaker Tim Pyatt: Dean of Z. Smith Reynolds Library

Annual Meeting Scheduled for Sunday, October 16th The Wake Forest College Birthplace Society will hold this year’s annual meeting from 3:00-5:00 pm on Sunday, October 16, 2016 at the Wake Forest … Continue reading

October 7, 2016 · Leave a comment

Wake Forest: The Country of My Heart

The Wake Forest Historical Museum is proud to announce a new exhibit dedicated to life as experienced by students of Wake Forest College during the school’s final years on the … Continue reading

October 4, 2016 · Leave a comment

Familiar Scenes at Shorty’s, 1950

On November 20, 1950, a reporter from the Old Gold & Black caught a few students having a late evening snack at Shorty’s. “Stanley Johnson is sleepily telling a friend of … Continue reading

September 27, 2016 · Leave a comment

Raleigh Hall of Fame to Honor Calvin Jones

The Raleigh Hall of Fame induction ceremony on October 3, 2016 will honor Calvin Jones for shaping the history and character of the Capital City through contributions in the fields … Continue reading

August 2, 2016 · 1 Comment

It’s July Fourth, 1970s Style!

There’s nothing like the Fourth of July… and no one’s done more to document its place in our local history than The Wake Weekly! The annual celebration got its start in … Continue reading

June 28, 2016 · 1 Comment

“Shorty” is Dedicatee of this Issue of Paper

On Friday, December 4, 1942, the staff of the Old Gold and Black devoted an entire edition to Shorty Joyner. This wasn’t the first time the Wake Forest College newspaper had … Continue reading

June 8, 2016 · 1 Comment

A History of Shorty’s Famous Hotdogs in Ads

Flip through this history of Shorty’s from 1919 through 1950 by clicking on each photo in the gallery. These advertisements ran in the Wake Forest College newspaper, some more than once, and … Continue reading

June 1, 2016 · 4 Comments

When William Bailey Royall Met the King of Greece

  Wake Forest College Professor William Bailey Royall made international news on May 17, 1904 when he bumped into King George and Queen Olga of Greece while touring the palace … Continue reading

May 18, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Last of the College Restaurants and Radio Station

It was April 1956 and Wake Forest was splitting in two. The town and college were about to break apart, becoming separate entities for the first time in their 122-year history. … Continue reading

April 29, 2016 · 1 Comment

A Lifetime of Friendship: A Gift to the Museum

Throughout the 1940s-50s, Murray Greason (WFC ‘59, JD ‘62), James Mackie ( WFC ‘60), Larry Harris, and Tommy Holding were the boys everyone knew. They played, schemed, and cavorted through town. And the … Continue reading

April 6, 2016 · Leave a comment

The 1956 Winston Move Left Dr. Cullom Behind

(From an article by Lloyd Preslar, in a 1956 edition of the Old Gold & Black.) When Wake Forest moves to Winston-Salem this spring, the College will leave behind many … Continue reading

March 24, 2016 · 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

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The beautiful daffodils blooming on N. Main Street. This cute little WFC cheerleader doll is a new donation from Dex Horton. It came from his mother's collection... Betty Johnston Frankow, a lifelong caretaker of our local history. Is it strange we haven't yet managed to take down our Christmas tree? Ed now has it decorated for Valentine's Day! A bible that belonged to legendary WFC President W. L. Poteat... brought to us by our friends at Z. Smith Reynolds Library. #wfu #oldcampus