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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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!!!