Wake Forest Historical Museum

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

The Story Map of Friendship Chapel Cemetery

Through a generous grant from the Jandy Ammons Foundation, the Wake Forest Historical Association has conducted a survey of the “Old Cemetery” of Friendship Chapel Missionary Baptist Church and the … Continue reading

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Discovering Hundreds of Graves in the “Old Cemetery”

This Sunday, May 21st at 3:00 pm, the museum is hosting a free public forum about the historic “Old Cemetery” of Friendship Chapel Missionary Baptist Church. Through the use of ground … Continue reading

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Wake Forest Hero in WWII Germany: A Journalist’s Search for Clues

This Sunday, May 14th at 2:30 pm, the museum is hosting a free public forum to explore the mysterious history of U.S. Air Force Pilot Wilson Montague of Wake Forest, … Continue reading

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Brick Order Form

You have the opportunity to help the Wake Forest Historical Museum by purchasing an engraved brick for use in the entrance courtyard of the museum building behind the Calvin Jones House. … Continue reading

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Museum Membership

Don’t miss the newsletters, invitations, and special programs that come with Society membership. Tax deductible memberships support our mission to preserve and share the history of Wake Forest… town, college, … Continue reading

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The College Book Store and B & S Department Store

If you want an example of how the college and town were united–and tied to the wider world–this is one to remember. It begins with B & S Department Store, a … Continue reading

April 4, 2017 · 2 Comments

Oldest Student in Wake Forest History

While thumbing through the 1949 Howler, we noticed 75-year-old Eustace Norfleet, who had returned to Wake Forest College more than 50 years after he left. This original story written for a 1947 … Continue reading

March 21, 2017 · Leave a comment

Coming Back to the Old Campus

This year’s Old Campus Trek, scheduled for Saturday, April 8th, promises a full schedule of fun-filled activities and forums for students and alumni from the old and new campuses of … Continue reading

March 10, 2017 · Leave a comment

Springtime Hours at the Museum

Museum Hours Tuesday – Friday: 9am to noon & 1:30pm to 4:30pm Sunday: 2pm to 5pm There is no charge to visit the Museum at 414 N. Main Street, Wake … Continue reading

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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

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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

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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

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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

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 WF Elementary School rhythm band grades one and two, ca. 1961. Absolutely adorable. A museum picnic table donated and delivered by the amazing @wfchamber!!! Many thanks. It will look beautiful in the Brewer-Harris Garden! ❤️ It's looking special around here as the Wake Forest Garden Club preps for tomorrow's Mad Hatter's Tea Party. Tickets are still on sale at the museum or www.brownpapertickets.com (search for WFGC Mad Hatter's Tea). The Calvin Jones House garden... thanks to the WF Garden Club!