Wake Forest Historical Museum

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

Early Days of Wake Forest Sports

Baseball Team

During the College’s first five years, students spent much of the day studying and doing manual labor. Only on Saturday afternoons were they allowed to participate in some form of recreation such as music or fishing.

Eventually sports became a greater part of college life. When the school reopened after the Civil War, students played bandy (a form of hockey) and baseball on a regular basis.
Football became very popular in the late 1880s, even though many faculty members viewed the game as dangerous and even forced a football moratorium for several years.

In October 1888, Wake Forest defeated UNC in football in the first intercollegiate game in the state.

Arising out of campus clubs, baseball was formally organized in 1891 and rapidly grew in popularity. Tennis followed in 1903, track in 1905, basketball in 1906, and golf in 1933.

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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!!!