Wake Forest Historical Museum

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

Historic Images: African-American Farmers

Photographs give an extraordinary glimpse into ordinary lives, and these historic images from the Library of Congress are an example. They capture pivotal moments in time for African American farm … Continue reading

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THE WHISKEY WAS UNDERGROUND!

Of all the bootleg liquor operations in the Harricanes, none was more newsworthy than the massive underground still found on the banks of the Neuse River in northern Wake County. … Continue reading

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The Strange Case of Raymond Hair

“A month ago he was just another student seeking a lucrative career in dentistry. Now he is a hunted man.” That crazy reversal of fortune–in January 1950–made national headlines and … Continue reading

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The Wright Family Christmas Lights

When your Christmas story starts with Big Daddy tackling holiday traffic to acquire a two-story inflatable reindeer, you know you’re on to something. When the story ends with a holiday … Continue reading

November 25, 2017 · 2 Comments

Christmas in Wake Forest – A Cheatsheet on Local Holiday Traditions

When the bells jingle and the lights twinkle it’s Christmas Time in Wake Forest–and that means a virtual Santa’s sleigh of town traditions that got their start alongside the Old … Continue reading

November 9, 2017 · Leave a comment

The Wreck of the Seaboard Fast Flyer

From the college boy who leaped from a car before it reached the station to the local man who passed out on the tracks, Wake Forest once was known for … Continue reading

October 27, 2017 · Leave a comment

Speaker Kathryn Quigg: Local Author of Historical Fiction

Annual Meeting Scheduled for Sunday, October 22nd The Wake Forest College Birthplace Society will hold this year’s annual meeting on Sunday, October 22nd from 3 pm to 5 pm. Members … Continue reading

October 19, 2017 · Leave a comment

Memories of Old General Stores: Program on Sunday, October 8th at 3pm

  If you’re a newcomer interested in history, an old-timer willing to share stories, or anyone in between, the Wake Forest Historical Association invites you to attend its upcoming program … Continue reading

October 4, 2017 · 1 Comment

Celebrate Our History on Museum Day Live! 9/23/2017

We’re proud to join Smithsonian magazine’s thirteenth annual Museum Day Live!, in which participating museums across the United States emulate the spirit of the Smithsonian Institution by opening their doors … Continue reading

September 19, 2017 · Leave a comment

Wake Forest’s Downtown Blacksmith Shop, 1954

It’s surprising to think the Town of Wake Forest still had a blacksmith shop until about 1960. It was where Lumpy’s Ice Cream is today; just an unpainted wooden building … Continue reading

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Joyce Davis Celebrates 100th Birthday in Wake Forest

Wake Forest’s legendary Joyce Davis celebrates her 100th birthday on July 9th, marking a century of history right in our hometown. In 2013, Ms. Joyce granted an interview to noted … Continue reading

June 13, 2017 · 2 Comments

Wake Forest Has a Disastrous Hailstorm

A record-setting hailstorm hit town on June 13, 1896. Hours after it ended, Wake Forest College Mathematics Professor John Francis Lanneau stuck a ruler into a drift against the college … Continue reading

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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

May 2, 2017 · 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

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A lovely bouquet left by the Wake Forest Garden Club. WFHS tassel. We’re going through the collection and it’s fun! Downtown Zebulon, NC at night. Simply stunning. Want to know what today’s weather was like exactly 90-years ago? This 1928 Farm Journal was kept at Oakforest in Forestville and that day was “Fair and cold. Henry, Richard and I went to Raleigh today. Philo and Junior sawed and hauled firewood and then hauled logs to the same mill.” Many thanks to Barbara Massenburg for giving us a look at this very cool artifact!