Wake Forest Historical Museum

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

North Main Street

Very Old Faculty Avenue

After the Railroad station helped establish a thriving business district, houses started springing up around Wake Forest College. Many of them, built for local businessmen and professors, covered several blocks extending north from campus. The street soon became known as Faculty Avenue.

Originally a tree-lined, dead-end street partially bordered on the east by the college athletic field, Faculty Avenue became busier in the 1920s when construction crews incorporated it into the east coast’s first interstate highway, U.S. 1.

Travelers from Maine to Miami were soon passing through town, along with military convoys transporting trucks filled with soldiers during the years of World War II.

But when the college left for Winston-Salem, Faculty Avenue lost its original identity. The professors were gone. The Wake Forest Garden Club moved the Calvin Jones House from its location on campus to the former athletic field for preservation. New families moved into the stately homes. The street became North Main.

Today, North Main Street is part of the Wake Forest Historic District and home to the Wake Forest Historical Museum.

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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!!!