Wake Forest Historical Museum

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

Things with Wheels

This mail cart was used to shuttle US Mail from the Train Depot to the Royall Cotton Mill on the northern edge of town.

Mail was then sorted and distributed throughout the factory and adjacent commissary. Originally the cart would have had handles and the large wheels allowed it to be rolled easily down the dirt streets of Wake Forest.

The cart is a gift from Mrs. Joyce Davis of Wake Forest and is included in the museum’s exhibit on the Royall Cotton Mill.

We have had the doctor’s buggy for some time now. The one horse, one passenger rig dates from around 1900. In an era of housecalls, the town doctor would have used it to see patients, traveling the rural roads to dispense medicines, make diagnoses and provide treatment. The buggy, now housed in the Wilson Reception Gallery, is made even more interesting with the addition of an antique medical bag and cooling jug.

The buggy was located on Town of Wake Forest property and generously donated to the museum.

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This entry was posted on July 19, 2013 by in Artifacts and tagged , , .

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Tues-Fri: 9am-noon & 1:30-4:30pm
Sun: 2pm-5pm

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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!