Wake Forest Historical Museum Closed for the Holidays: December 20 – January 2, 2019

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

A Very Basketball Christmas

Before multi-million dollar contracts, top basketball coaches were rewarded with… kitchen appliances? It was December 1952 and Wake Forest College Basketball Coach Murray Greason had just led the Demon Deacons … Continue reading

December 6, 2018 · 2 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

Against All Odds

“Win or lose, Wake brought out the best in people. Its athletes performed better than their best.” That quote from Cameron Yow’s new book on Wake Forest University Athletics sums … Continue reading

July 24, 2018 · Leave a comment

The Last of the College Restaurants and Radio Station

It was April 1956 and Wake Forest was splitting in two. The town and college were about to break apart, becoming separate entities for the first time in their 122-year history. … Continue reading

April 29, 2016 · 1 Comment

The 1956 Winston Move Left Dr. Cullom Behind

(From an article by Lloyd Preslar, in a 1956 edition of the Old Gold & Black.) When Wake Forest moves to Winston-Salem this spring, the College will leave behind many … Continue reading

March 24, 2016 · Leave a comment

Gore Gym Once “Best in State”

As the move to Winston-Salem crept closer, the college found that saying goodbye to Wake Forest wasn’t easy. They shared so many memories–including 21-years of heart-stopping basketball on the slick hardwood of … Continue reading

February 25, 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

When all the world, at least in the South, was young.

This Civil War story from Fannie Powers Dodd, great-granddaughter of Dr. Samuel Wait and Sarah “Sally” Merriam Wait, was recently rediscovered during an overhaul of the museum’s vertical files. The … Continue reading

September 24, 2013 · 6 Comments

The Early Years

In 1834 the North Carolina Baptists purchased the Calvin Jones plantation as the site for an institute to educate Baptist ministers. The Calvin Jones House served as home of the … Continue reading

July 23, 2013 · Leave a comment

The Wake Forest Spirit

Even during its first year on the Jones plantation when the students were living in the cabins of former enslaved workers and attending classes in the carriage house, qualities of … Continue reading

July 17, 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