Wake Forest Historical Museum

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

History of the Grounds

7 James Royall on athletic field

The College’s four-acre “playing grounds” have undergone several changes over the years.

Following the Civil War members of the baseball team played their games in the southeast corner.

During World War I, student cadets drilled on the northern half.

After World War II, married veterans and their families lived in temporary barracks built on the site.

When the Calvin Jones house arrived in 1956, weeds were shoulder-high. Four significant alterations to the landscape were made by the Birthplace Society.

In the 1960s, hardwood trees were planted on the north side of the house.

In the 1970s, pine saplings were planted at the back of the lot.

The Ruth Snyder garden was completed in the late 1990s.

Finally, the reconstruction of the old well in 2001 and the planting of the well garden brought the landscape to its current state.

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This entry was posted on July 17, 2013 by in Gardens and Grounds and tagged , .

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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Atlas Ray, owner of a legendary store in the Harricanes, was among those remembered at the WFHA program on country stores. Just received several reels of 16mm film. Looks like 1950s home movies of the Demon Deacs in the Billy Barnes days!!! From the April 1961 Wake Forest phone book... instructions on how to use a dial telephone, how to dial a number, how to interpret ringing and busy signals, and what to do on a party line. Anyone else remember those days? This amazing photo from Sanford Bailey shows just HALF of the folks at the 1954 Powell Family Reunion!!!