Wake Forest Historical Museum

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

The Country Life

Traveling back in time just got much easier. An antique buggy, located on Town of Wake Forest property and recently donated to the museum, gives visitors a chance to see how people traveled the rural roads of northern Wake County in the early part of the twentieth century. The buggy looks like a one horse, one passenger rig. It’s in surprisingly good shape and will bring smiles of wonder to little faces more accustomed to riding in tightly strapped carseats than in the open air.

The next photograph shows a set of large mason jars that came from the old Jones Hardware Store on South White Street. The jar held seeds, and have spouts in the lids for easy pouring. Back in the day, when most townfolk planted their own vegetables, going downtown to purchase seeds was a rite of spring.

Finally, the reconstructed moonshine still gives a little taste of life in the Harricane. The area west of town was famous for its illegal liquor operations. Many developers and new homeowners in the Purnell Road area have stumbled upon the rusty remains on their own wooded lots. This particular still, acquired and assembled by Executive Director Ed Morris, is for display purposes only. It’s already part of a fascinating exhibit about life in the Harricane.

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

Closed: Saturday and Monday

Call us at 919.556.2911

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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!