Wake Forest Historical Museum

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Virtual Tours

Experience the history of the original campus and Calvin Jones House through our virtual tours.

May 14, 2020

The 245th Birthday of Calvin Jones!

On April 2, 1775 Calvin Jones was born in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. Jones was a leading North Carolina intellectual who made significant contributions to medicine, public health, politics, publishing, military strategy, and public education.

April 2, 2020

Raleigh Hall of Fame to Honor Calvin Jones

The Raleigh Hall of Fame induction ceremony on October 3, 2016 will honor Calvin Jones for shaping the history and character of the Capital City through contributions in the fields … Continue reading

August 2, 2016 · 1 Comment

“Back to School” with Dr. Calvin Jones

Calvin Jones, the planter who invented the name “Wake Forest,” was a physician, educator, journalist, military strategist, and politician. But Jones was also a father and–like most fathers–he was full of good, … Continue reading

August 11, 2015 · 2 Comments

Calvin Jones and the War of 1812 – A Reenactment

As many of you have probably guessed, the War of 1812 actually occurred in 1814. Although Congress officially declared war on the British in 1812–for conspiring to block America’s westward … Continue reading

March 12, 2014 · Leave a comment

Famous Signatures

Digital scanning is better than magic for museum archivists wishing to make good use of fragile, historic documents. Among our prized possesions are papers bearing the signatures of Calvin Jones … Continue reading

July 24, 2013 · Leave a comment