Wake Forest Historical Museum

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The Business District

In 1872 Wake Forest College convinced the Railroad to move the station from Forestville to a location just east of the campus. Shortly afterwards, the College began to sell lots east of the tracks for homes and businesses.

A downtown business district grew rapidly, and during the first half of the twentieth century this area flourished.

Downtown Wake Forest boasted a full slate of businesses that included department stores, men’s clothing stores, pool halls, two movie theaters, a Chevrolet dealership, three drug stores, two grocery stores, banks, a cotton broker, and as many as twenty eating establishments catering to students, faculty and residents.

It was in the truest sense of the word a “college town.”

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This entry was posted on July 24, 2013 by in Downtown, Wake Forest History and tagged , , , .

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To preserve and share the unique history and culture of Wake Forest – College, Town, and University.