Wake Forest Historical Museum: Free Admission

LOCATION: 414 N. Main Street Wake Forest, NC 27587 REG HOURS: (TUES-FRI) 9am to noon and 1:30 to 4:30pm SUNDAY HOURS: 2-5pm (Dependent on Volunteers) CONTACT: 919-556-2911

1920 Bird’s-Eye View

This 1920 aerial photo of campus and a portion of downtown is packed with tantalizing details! The image appeared in the 1921 Bulletin of Wake Forest College, a booklet the … Continue reading

July 30, 2019 · Leave a comment

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

A Forgotten Wake Forest Christmas Tradition

During the Great Depression, when so many people were struggling, the citizens of Wake Forest celebrated an event called “White Christmas”… and it was special. It took the traditions of the town … Continue reading

December 23, 2016 · Leave a comment

It’s July Fourth, 1970s Style!

There’s nothing like the Fourth of July… and no one’s done more to document its place in our local history than The Wake Weekly! The annual celebration got its start in … Continue reading

June 28, 2016 · 1 Comment

October 15, 1954 – Hurricane Hazel Hits Wake Forest

(A report published in the storm’s aftermath.)  Wake Foresters listened to radios and read the day’s paper Thursday evening about the eighth lady of the season to rear up and menace … Continue reading

October 13, 2015 · 1 Comment

Hometown Teams Has Come and Gone!

UPDATE: Hometown Teams completed its very successful run on May 31, 2015. The next day it was packed into crates by museum staff and shipped to its next stop at … Continue reading

April 17, 2015 · Leave a comment

Legendary Locals of Wake Forest

February 10, 2015 · Leave a comment

Images

The thousands of images in our museum archives include every format imaginable– from rare glass negatives to postcards and yearbook pictures, Polaroids to formal studio portraits, oil paintings to family … Continue reading

July 25, 2013 · Leave a comment

The Grand Opening

November 14, 2010 was a beautiful day for a ribbon cutting. Maybe Wake Forest native Barbara Lyon said it best. “To us Wake Forest was the same, the community and … Continue reading

July 21, 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