Wake Forest Historical Museum: Open 9am-noon & 1:30-4:30pm Tues-Fri; Closed Sat, Sun, Mon

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

I’ll Find a Way or Make It

One thing about inspirational people is that they’re nearly always engaged in a quest. They’re searching for something big and the journey drives them forward. That’s what makes them heroes, … Continue reading

February 12, 2019 · Leave a comment

White Father, Black History

When you discover a white Baptist is the father of an early civil rights activist… It all started when I stumbled across a book with the title, History of the American … Continue reading

February 5, 2019 · 9 Comments

Of Iron Boxes, Fire Bells, and Burning Buggies

The burning buggy was a mishap that struck a farmer driving his team along the road to Wake Forest from Franklinton in 1916. He was delivering a load of eight … Continue reading

January 11, 2019 · Leave a comment

A Very Basketball Christmas

Before multi-million dollar contracts, top basketball coaches were rewarded with… kitchen appliances? It was December 1952 and Wake Forest College Basketball Coach Murray Greason had just led the Demon Deacons … Continue reading

December 6, 2018 · 2 Comments

Thanksgiving Day Tragedy: Professor W. A. Johnson

Occasionally a museum visitor will mention an adored grandfather (or great-grandfather) and ask which of the Old Campus buildings were here in the 1930s? It’s a good question. Binkley Chapel, … Continue reading

November 13, 2018 · Leave a comment

World War I Propaganda Posters, ca. 1918

A collection of American World War I propaganda posters, discovered by Bob and Liz Ford in the attic of their home on North Main Street, has been carefully restored and … Continue reading

November 7, 2018 · Leave a comment

Membership and Donations

New Giving Levels for Museum Members More than a decade has passed since the Wake Forest College Birthplace Society last increased its membership levels, a period during which the cost … Continue reading

September 18, 2018 · Leave a comment

Annual Meeting Scheduled for Sunday, October 14th

Speaker Michele Gillespie: Dean of the College, WFU The Wake Forest College Birthplace Society will hold this year’s annual meeting on Sunday, October 14th from 3 pm to 5 pm. … Continue reading

September 18, 2018 · Leave a comment

Oct. 7th Forum – Exploring the Heritage of the Ailey Young House

UPDATE – CHANGE OF DATE: Due to Hurricane Florence, this Town of Wake Forest program has been rescheduled for Sunday, October 7th at 3pm. With a sharp focus on history, … Continue reading

September 6, 2018 · 2 Comments

Against All Odds

“Win or lose, Wake brought out the best in people. Its athletes performed better than their best.” That quote from Cameron Yow’s new book on Wake Forest University Athletics sums … Continue reading

July 24, 2018 · Leave a comment

Philosopher and Preacher: James Robert Dent

Genatus Dent– more formally known as the Reverend James Robert Dent– was born on June 1, 1870 and made his home in the part of town now called the East … Continue reading

June 1, 2018 · 18 Comments

Field of Dreams

Field of Dreams:  Thursday, May 10th at The Factory Ballpark! Wake Forest is growing and changing. But it’s also staying the same. Nobody said it better than Wake Forest College … Continue reading

May 4, 2018 · Leave a comment

A Look Back at the Dairy Farms of Northern Wake County

Never did a dairy farm sound more spectacular than in this breathless blurb, published by the Wake Forest College newspaper the Old Gold & Black, in May 1936. The family of … Continue reading

April 23, 2018 · 2 Comments

How Wake Forest was “beautified” in 1933

It was spring of 1933 when the Wake Forest Garden Club decided to implore residents to fix the place up. The plan was a community-wide landscape project, and the goal … Continue reading

April 3, 2018 · Leave a comment

Old Campus Trek Scheduled for Saturday, April 7th

This year’s Old Campus Trek on Saturday, April 7th has a full schedule of fun-filled activities for students and alumni of Wake Forest University. The day begins at 9:30 am … Continue reading

March 16, 2018 · 2 Comments

Historic Images: African-American Farmers

Photographs give an extraordinary glimpse into ordinary lives, and these historic images from the Library of Congress are an example. They capture pivotal moments in time for African American farm … Continue reading

February 6, 2018 · 2 Comments

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