Wake Forest Historical Museum

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

Movie Stars in Cars… in 1938 Wake Forest!

A flurry of excitement hit town in the late 1930s when a Hollywood actress passed through on U.S. 1… and picked up a Wake Forest College boy! Dolores Del Rio Plays Supporting Role to … Continue reading

February 2, 2017 · Leave a comment

A Forgotten Wake Forest Christmas Tradition

During the Great Depression, when so many people were struggling, the citizens of Wake Forest celebrated an event called “White Christmas”… and it was special. It took the traditions of the town … Continue reading

December 23, 2016 · Leave a comment

Plea of Mother Saves Two Bodies From Dissection

The old Wake Forest College Medical School always needed bodies for dissection–and none came with a story more sad or strange than this one. “I Know They Done Wrong, But They Were Mine,” … Continue reading

October 17, 2015 · Leave a comment

Farm Life: Wake Forest in 1939

Nearly 80-years ago, a New Deal photographer traveled to Wake Forest to snap these indelible images of Depression Era farm life on a property just past the outskirts of town. The images are from the treasure … Continue reading

June 25, 2015 · Leave a comment

Wake Forest’s Saddest Ghost Story

If ghosts are real, then Wake Forest’s most tragic might be 16-year-old Octavia Seawell. Octavia lived in the big white house known as Oakforest Plantation just south of town. She … Continue reading

October 17, 2014 · Leave a comment

Old Campus Pranks, ca. 1935

In this 1-minute video, 101-year-old Willard Brown (WFC ’36) recalls a college prank that led to a stern, campus-wide reprimand from the Wake Forest College professors, coaches, and famous Dr. … Continue reading

September 18, 2014 · Leave a comment

A Russian in Wake Forest

In the 1930s, a Wake Forest College student from Russia studied to become a minister before his life was cut tragically short. In a 1-minute video, Willard Brown (WFC ’36), age 101, shares … Continue reading

September 4, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Arson Fires

In the early hours of May 5, 1933, the original Wait Hall burned to the ground. Wake Forest College students were roused from sleep to run outside and watch the … Continue reading

August 30, 2014 · 4 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

Wake Forest in the Movies

The Wake Forest Historical Museum collection is brightened in many ways by the presence of a particular sample of archival footage shot here in 1939. The filmmaker was H. Lee … Continue reading

July 18, 2013 · Leave a comment

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

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Atlas Ray, owner of a legendary store in the Harricanes, was among those remembered at the WFHA program on country stores. Just received several reels of 16mm film. Looks like 1950s home movies of the Demon Deacs in the Billy Barnes days!!! From the April 1961 Wake Forest phone book... instructions on how to use a dial telephone, how to dial a number, how to interpret ringing and busy signals, and what to do on a party line. Anyone else remember those days? This amazing photo from Sanford Bailey shows just HALF of the folks at the 1954 Powell Family Reunion!!!