Wake Forest Historical Museum

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

“Doctor” Tom Jeffries

Doctor Tom

Born a slave in Virginia, Tom Jeffries came to Wake Forest College in 1884 and continued working there for 43-years. Students and professors often sought his advice and wisdom, and students gave him the honorary title of “Doctor.” Today Jeffries is most famous for construction of the 3,000 foot stone wall that still encircles the campus.

When Jeffries died in July 1927, his funeral was held in the College Chapel with the faculty serving as honorary pall bearers.

His gravesite, overgrown and ostensibly “lost” for decades, was recently rediscovered by a visiting historian conducting research in the cemetery adjacent to the Massenburg Center in the town’s East End community.

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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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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!