Wake Forest Historical Museum

Due to increased COVID-19 infections in Wake County, the museum is closed to visitors. Please check back for updates.

Celebrate Our History on Museum Day Live! 9/23/2017

We’re proud to join Smithsonian magazine’s thirteenth annual Museum Day Live!, in which participating museums across the United States emulate the spirit of the Smithsonian Institution by opening their doors … Continue reading

September 19, 2017 · Leave a comment

Joyce Davis Celebrates 100th Birthday in Wake Forest

Wake Forest’s legendary Joyce Davis celebrates her 100th birthday on July 9th, marking a century of history right in our hometown. In 2013, Ms. Joyce granted an interview to noted … Continue reading

June 13, 2017 · 2 Comments

Royall Cotton Mill

In 1899 Wake Forest College graduates Robert E. Royall, Thomas E. Holding, and William C. Powell built a cotton mill on a twenty-five acre tract north of the Wake Forest … Continue reading

July 24, 2013 · 2 Comments

Wake Forest in 1939

In 1939, itinerant filmmaker H. Lee Waters arrived in Wake Forest to shoot film of local residents, edit the footage into a feature length movie, and then charge folks to … Continue reading

July 22, 2013 · Leave a comment

The British Connection

News stories about William and Kate bring to mind all things British… including the excellent but nearly forgotten story of young World War II refugees safely shipped here from their … Continue reading

July 21, 2013 · Leave a comment

Mill Village Artifacts

The artifacts recently brought to a ladies’ luncheon at the new museum gave a fascinating glimpse into the history kept in our very own homes. Members of the Golden Circle … Continue reading

July 19, 2013 · Leave a comment

Things with Wheels

This mail cart was used to shuttle US Mail from the Train Depot to the Royall Cotton Mill on the northern edge of town. Mail was then sorted and distributed … Continue reading

July 19, 2013 · Leave a comment

Video Shorts

The best stories about our town’s history come from the people who’ve lived here. Preserving those memories is part of the museum’s mission, and we are working to create a … Continue reading

July 19, 2013 · Leave a comment

Oral History Film Clips

The museum has just released a 26-minute oral history film funded by a grant from the North Carolina Humanities Council. The film was professionally produced and features interviews with three … Continue reading

July 18, 2013 · Leave a comment

Mission

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