Wake Forest Historical Museum Free Admission

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

1920 Bird’s-Eye View

This 1920 aerial photo of campus and a portion of downtown is packed with tantalizing details! The image appeared in the 1921 Bulletin of Wake Forest College, a booklet the … Continue reading

July 30, 2019 · Leave a comment

The Wake Forest Graded School

Many Wake Foresters have heard the stories. Back in the fogs of time, this place on the corner of Pine and Wingate was the town school. And in this case … Continue reading

April 11, 2019 · 7 Comments

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 · 21 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

The Strange Case of Raymond Hair

“A month ago he was just another student seeking a lucrative career in dentistry. Now he is a hunted man.” That crazy reversal of fortune–in January 1950–made national headlines and … Continue reading

January 2, 2018 · Leave a comment

Wake Forest Has a Disastrous Hailstorm

A record-setting hailstorm hit town on June 13, 1896. Hours after it ended, Wake Forest College Mathematics Professor John Francis Lanneau stuck a ruler into a drift against the college … Continue reading

June 6, 2017 · Leave a comment

Discovering Hundreds of Graves in the “Old Cemetery”

This Sunday, May 21st at 3:00 pm, the museum is hosting a free public forum about the historic “Old Cemetery” of Friendship Chapel Missionary Baptist Church. Through the use of ground … Continue reading

May 17, 2017 · Leave a comment

Haunted History: Strange Happenings on the Old Campus

The following account is a haunted legend that grew up around the Alumni Building, which served as Wake Forest College’s first medical school. The building, located where the SEBTS Jacumin-Simpson … Continue reading

October 25, 2016 · Leave a comment

When William Bailey Royall Met the King of Greece

  Wake Forest College Professor William Bailey Royall made international news on May 17, 1904 when he bumped into King George and Queen Olga of Greece while touring the palace … Continue reading

May 18, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Big Snow of 1948

A violent winter storm hit town in 1948. It was the first week of February, and twelve inches of ice and snow threatened to shut down campus. Law Professor William Soule … Continue reading

January 21, 2016 · 5 Comments

Merry Christmas! ‘1875 Style’

In the early days of Wake Forest College, it was too difficult for students to travel home for the holidays. This article, published decades ago, gives a glimpse of  Christmas in … Continue reading

December 4, 2015 · 1 Comment

October 15, 1954 – Hurricane Hazel Hits Wake Forest

(A report published in the storm’s aftermath.)  Wake Foresters listened to radios and read the day’s paper Thursday evening about the eighth lady of the season to rear up and menace … Continue reading

October 13, 2015 · 1 Comment

The Wall Murder – Wake Forest’s Civil War Legend

UPDATE – Wall Family Descendant Ronald R. Wall, Colonel, USAF (Retired) has kindly provided the facts to fill in the blanks of this fascinating piece of history. Read his remarks here, … Continue reading

May 1, 2015 · 14 Comments

A Rare Glimpse of the 1950 Campus in Technicolor!

One of the museum’s more exciting recent finds within the collection has been a group of color slides depicting campus life in 1950. The images, donated by Cedric Davis (WFU … Continue reading

March 17, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Day Dizzy Came to Town

(Originally published in The Wake Weekly) In one of the most spectacular, and possibly strangest, moments in Wake Forest’s holiday history, music legend Dizzy Gillespie bounded off a Greyhound bus … Continue reading

November 20, 2014 · Leave a comment