Wake Forest Historical Museum Free Admission

LOCATION: 414 N. Main Street Wake Forest, NC 27587 REG HOURS: (TUES-FRI) 9am to noon and 1:30 to 4:30pm SUNDAY HOURS: 2-5pm (Dependent on Volunteers) CONTACT: 919-556-2911

After the Move

The Wake Forest Historical Association is hosting a free public forum “After the Move” on Sunday, November 3rd from 3-5pm at the museum. Fall semester 1956 was the first time … Continue reading

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Annual Meeting Scheduled for Sunday, October 27th

The Wake Forest College Birthplace Society will hold this year’s annual meeting on Sunday, October 27th from 3 pm to 5 pm. Members will gather at the Wake Forest Historical … Continue reading

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Remembering I. Beverly Lake, Jr.

I. Beverly Lake, Jr. – A Life of Dedication to Wake Forest Today we sadly bid goodbye to I. Beverly Lake, Jr., one of the giants of Wake Forest who … Continue reading

September 12, 2019 · 2 Comments

The Historic Lake and Patterson Houses

It’s strange how these homes, inextricably linked to one of Wake Forest’s most important families, went on the market on exactly the same day. One is the Patterson House at … Continue reading

August 24, 2019 · 8 Comments

1920 Bird’s-Eye View

This 1920 aerial photo of campus and a portion of downtown is packed with tantalizing details! The image appeared in the 1921 Bulletin of Wake Forest College, a booklet the … Continue reading

July 30, 2019 · Leave a comment

The Wake Forester and D-Day

Just five years after graduating from Wake Forest College, Charles M. Allen, Jr., found himself in Europe as an Aerial Reconnaissance Photographer with the U.S. Army Air Forces. Allen had … Continue reading

June 4, 2019 · Leave a comment

The Community House Pool

It’s not hard to imagine the excitement back in 1940 when the Town of Wake Forest decided to build a swimming pool in the three-acre hollow behind the high school … Continue reading

May 9, 2019 · 1 Comment

Archaeology Workshop at the Ailey Young House

The Wake Forest Historic Preservation Commission will host an Archaeology Workshop on Saturday, April 27, at the site of the Ailey Young House. Two sessions will be offered–the first from … Continue reading

April 23, 2019 · Leave a comment

The Wake Forest Graded School

Many Wake Foresters have heard the stories. Back in the fogs of time, this place on the corner of Pine and Wingate was the town school. And in this case … Continue reading

April 11, 2019 · 7 Comments

Doug Buttram’s Legacy

(By Beverly Whisnant, retired SEBTS library) I was an interested observer in 1991 when Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary Vice President Paul Fletcher asked my young friend Doug Buttram to accept … Continue reading

March 6, 2019 · Leave a comment

Old Campus Trek Scheduled for Saturday, April 6th

The Importance of Past and Place: This year’s Old Campus Trek on Saturday, April 6th provides another fantastic opportunity for alumni and friends of Wake Forest University to gather together … Continue reading

March 5, 2019 · Leave a comment

I’ll Find a Way or Make It

One thing about inspirational people is that they’re nearly always engaged in a quest. They’re searching for something big and the journey drives them forward. That’s what makes them heroes, … Continue reading

February 12, 2019 · Leave a comment

White Father, Black History

When you discover a white Baptist is the father of an early civil rights activist… It all started when I stumbled across a book with the title, History of the American … Continue reading

February 5, 2019 · 21 Comments

Of Iron Boxes, Fire Bells, and Burning Buggies

The burning buggy was a mishap that struck a farmer driving his team along the road to Wake Forest from Franklinton in 1916. He was delivering a load of eight … Continue reading

January 11, 2019 · Leave a comment

A Very Basketball Christmas

Before multi-million dollar contracts, top basketball coaches were rewarded with… kitchen appliances? It was December 1952 and Wake Forest College Basketball Coach Murray Greason had just led the Demon Deacons … Continue reading

December 6, 2018 · 2 Comments

Thanksgiving Day Tragedy: Professor W. A. Johnson

Occasionally a museum visitor will mention an adored grandfather (or great-grandfather) and ask which of the Old Campus buildings were here in the 1930s? It’s a good question. Binkley Chapel, … Continue reading

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