Wake Forest Historical Museum

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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.

About wakeforestmuseum

This is the Old Well that stands beside the two-story Greek-Revival house in northern Wake County that was purchased by Calvin Jones in 1820 along with 600 acres of land. It is the oldest historic structure in the Town of Wake Forest. Initially used concurrently as a residence, doctor’s office, and post office, the property was sold in 1832 to the North Carolina Baptist Convention, which was seeking a suitable location to educate young ministers. What is now Wake Forest University opened here in 1834 and, under the guidance of first President Samuel Wait, began to develop a flourishing student body, advanced curriculum, and new brick campus. Today the Calvin Jones House is part of a four acre complex that includes gardens, pathways, and a state of the art museum. The house is furnished to reflect the period of its various residents, and the museum’s extensive displays depict the history of college and town.

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