Due to concerns over COVID-19, the museum has suspended public operations until further notice. Staff will be checking emails and voicemail regularly and responding as quickly as possible to questions and concerns. Please check back for updates. Thank you for understanding.
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.”