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

Christmas at the Calvin Jones House

With its new interior restoration, the Calvin Jones House graciously welcomed the approximately 1,500 visitors who took a step back in time on the cold, rainy December day of the … Continue reading

December 9, 2014 · Leave a comment

Recreating the Olden Days of the Calvin Jones House

The historic Calvin Jones House is getting a complete interior overhaul in preparation for the 2014 Christmas Historic Home Tour, and this new floorcloth is certain to be a focal … Continue reading

November 6, 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

Calvin Jones

Doctor Calvin Jones, a noted physician and former mayor of Raleigh who moved from Massachusetts in 1795, was an original founder of the North Carolina Medical Society before purchasing a … Continue reading

July 23, 2013 · Leave a comment

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

Founding of Wake Forest

In early 19th century North Carolina, an area in Wake County north of Raleigh that was known for its forest of fine hardwood trees was called the Forest of Wake. … Continue reading

July 17, 2013 · 2 Comments