LOCATION: 414 N. Main Street Wake Forest, NC 27587 REG HOURS: (TUES-FRI) 9am to noon and 1:30 to 4:30pm SUNDAY HOURS: (dependent on volunteers) 2 to 5pm CONTACT: 919-556-2911
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.”