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

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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!!!