Wake Forest Historical Museum

The museum is now open with new health and safety procedures like free timed tickets and required cloth face masks.

African American History and Genealogy Remote Internship

The Wake Forest Historical Museum is hiring a Wake Forest University student intern to assist museum staff with research related to the Slavery, Race, and Memory Project during the spring 2021 semester. Under the mentorship of museum professionals, the intern will conduct research to identify and learn more about African Americans connected to Wake Forest University’s original campus between 1820 and 1930.

December 2, 2020

Archaeology Workshop at the Ailey Young House

The Wake Forest Historic Preservation Commission will host an Archaeology Workshop on Saturday, April 27, at the site of the Ailey Young House. Two sessions will be offered–the first from … Continue reading

April 23, 2019 · Leave a comment

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 · 21 Comments

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 · 4 Comments

Wake Forest’s Downtown Blacksmith Shop, 1954

It’s surprising to think the Town of Wake Forest still had a blacksmith shop until about 1960. It was where Lumpy’s Ice Cream is today; just an unpainted wooden building … Continue reading

August 11, 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

From Slavery to Freedom in Wake Forest

When Calvin Jones arrived at his newly purchased farm in 1821–in the part of the county he later named “Wake Forest”–he brought more than his family. He also brought a number of … Continue reading

February 2, 2016 · 10 Comments

The Legacy of L. Robert Best: “Let your light shine.”

He was a headmaster straight from Central Casting–a stern, bespectacled black man from Barbados with a clipped accent, perfect manners, and a passion for equal education that would change Wake … Continue reading

March 7, 2014 · 4 Comments

Mission

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