Wake Forest Historical Museum

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

Famous Signatures

Digital scanning is better than magic for museum archivists wishing to make good use of fragile, historic documents.

Among our prized possesions are papers bearing the signatures of Calvin Jones and Samuel Wait.

Jones established our community’s first post office before selling his 615 acre property to the North Carolina Baptist Convention, which planned to establish a school to educate young ministers.

Samuel Wait was that school’s first president, launching it on its steep trajectory from those simple beginnings as the Wake Forest Manual Labor Institute, to the heyday of Wake Forest College, and now the Wake Forest University we know today.

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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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Flying the Demon Deacon flag as we host visitors from the WFU Alumni Council. Welcome to #oldcampus! Happy Easter from the Wake Forest Historical Museum. (Old Well photographed from the Brewer-Harris Garden) These are the brothers of Kappa Sigma fraternity. They went to school here on the Old Campus and reunite each year at the Trek. They are an amazing group and we appreciate all they do for the Wake Forest Historical Museum! #kappasigma #wfu "His most unusual talent was combining profanity in unexpected ways," author Tucker Mitchell says to our Trek to the Old Campus crowd, about the subject of his excellent biography, legendary WFC football coach Peahead Walker. #wfu #oldcampus