Wake Forest Historical Museum

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

The Move to Winston-Salem

Old-Wake Sign

Wake Forest College moved to Winston-Salem, North Carolina, in the spring of 1956. Along with the people, books, and furniture, a vibrant history of personalities, events, traditions, and lore made the transfer to the Winston-Salem campus.

The medical school had moved to Winston-Salem in 1941 to associate itself with the North Carolina Baptist Hospital as a teaching facility for its students. Within five years, business and cultural leaders of Winston-Salem began to encourage College officials to follow by proposing a significant sum of money to operate the school. In 1946, the College trustees and the Southern Baptist Convention voted to approve the proposal. Shortly thereafter, the old campus was sold to the Convention to become the home of the newly formed Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Truman at Groundbreaking

The new site was dedicated by President Harry Truman in October of 1951 but, due to war shortages, construction of the 26-acre campus was not complete enough to use until the spring of 1956.

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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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Flying the Demon Deacon flag as we host visitors from the WFU Alumni Council. Welcome to #oldcampus! Happy Easter from the Wake Forest Historical Museum. (Old Well photographed from the Brewer-Harris Garden) These are the brothers of Kappa Sigma fraternity. They went to school here on the Old Campus and reunite each year at the Trek. They are an amazing group and we appreciate all they do for the Wake Forest Historical Museum! #kappasigma #wfu "His most unusual talent was combining profanity in unexpected ways," author Tucker Mitchell says to our Trek to the Old Campus crowd, about the subject of his excellent biography, legendary WFC football coach Peahead Walker. #wfu #oldcampus