Wake Forest Historical Museum

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

The College Book Store and B & S Department Store

If you want an example of how the college and town were united–and tied to the wider world–this is one to remember. It begins with B & S Department Store, a … Continue reading

April 4, 2017 · 2 Comments

A History of Shorty’s Famous Hotdogs in Ads

Flip through this history of Shorty’s from 1919 through 1950 by clicking on each photo in the gallery. These advertisements ran in the Wake Forest College newspaper, some more than once, and … Continue reading

June 1, 2016 · 4 Comments

The 1940 Fire at Shorty’s Theater

Shorty’s Famous Hot Dogs is legendary, but did you know Shorty Joyner also owned the Collegiate Theatre? It was on South White Street–right where the restaurant is today–and it catered to … Continue reading

March 15, 2016 · Leave a comment

“Main Street, Wake Forest” Has a Personality

In March 1944, an article about our historic downtown appeared in the Wake Forest College newspaper, the Old Gold & Black. Essentially a love letter to South White Street, it was written … Continue reading

February 18, 2016 · 6 Comments

The Business District

In 1872 Wake Forest College convinced the Railroad to move the station from Forestville to a location just east of the campus. Shortly afterwards, the College began to sell lots … Continue reading

July 24, 2013 · Leave a comment

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