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

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

Old Campus Trek Scheduled for Saturday, April 7th

This year’s Old Campus Trek on Saturday, April 7th has a full schedule of fun-filled activities for students and alumni of Wake Forest University. The day begins at 9:30 am … Continue reading

March 16, 2018 · 2 Comments

Celebrate Our History on Museum Day Live! 9/23/2017

We’re proud to join Smithsonian magazine’s thirteenth annual Museum Day Live!, in which participating museums across the United States emulate the spirit of the Smithsonian Institution by opening their doors … Continue reading

September 19, 2017 · Leave a comment

Oldest Student in Wake Forest History

While thumbing through the 1949 Howler, we noticed 75-year-old Eustace Norfleet, who had returned to Wake Forest College more than 50 years after he left. This original story written for a 1947 … Continue reading

March 21, 2017 · 2 Comments

Coming Back to the Old Campus

This year’s Old Campus Trek, scheduled for Saturday, April 8th, promises a full schedule of fun-filled activities and forums for students and alumni from the old and new campuses of … Continue reading

March 10, 2017 · Leave a comment

Movie Stars in Cars… in 1938 Wake Forest!

A flurry of excitement hit town in the late 1930s when a Hollywood actress passed through on U.S. 1… and picked up a Wake Forest College boy! Dolores Del Rio Plays Supporting Role to … Continue reading

February 2, 2017 · Leave a comment

Haunted History: Strange Happenings on the Old Campus

The following account is a haunted legend that grew up around the Alumni Building, which served as Wake Forest College’s first medical school. The building, located where the SEBTS Jacumin-Simpson … Continue reading

October 25, 2016 · Leave a comment

Wake Forest: The Country of My Heart

The Wake Forest Historical Museum is proud to announce a new exhibit dedicated to life as experienced by students of Wake Forest College during the school’s final years on the … Continue reading

October 4, 2016 · Leave a comment

Familiar Scenes at Shorty’s, 1950

On November 20, 1950, a reporter from the Old Gold & Black caught a few students having a late evening snack at Shorty’s. “Stanley Johnson is sleepily telling a friend of … Continue reading

September 27, 2016 · Leave a comment

“Shorty” is Dedicatee of this Issue of Paper

On Friday, December 4, 1942, the staff of the Old Gold and Black devoted an entire edition to Shorty Joyner. This wasn’t the first time the Wake Forest College newspaper had … Continue reading

June 8, 2016 · 1 Comment

When William Bailey Royall Met the King of Greece

  Wake Forest College Professor William Bailey Royall made international news on May 17, 1904 when he bumped into King George and Queen Olga of Greece while touring the palace … Continue reading

May 18, 2016 · Leave a comment

“Doctor” Tom Loses Home by Fire

On the afternoon of January 13, 1923, an out of control blaze destroyed the home of “Doctor” Tom Jeffries in the Wake Forest neighborhood now known as the East End. … Continue reading

January 13, 2016 · 1 Comment

Merry Christmas! ‘1875 Style’

In the early days of Wake Forest College, it was too difficult for students to travel home for the holidays. This article, published decades ago, gives a glimpse of  Christmas in … Continue reading

December 4, 2015 · 1 Comment

Plea of Mother Saves Two Bodies From Dissection

The old Wake Forest College Medical School always needed bodies for dissection–and none came with a story more sad or strange than this one. “I Know They Done Wrong, But They Were Mine,” … Continue reading

October 17, 2015 · Leave a comment

Speaker Gene Boyce: Wake Forest to Watergate

Annual Meeting Scheduled for Sunday, October 18th The Wake Forest College Birthplace Society will hold its annual meeting from 2:00-5:00 pm on Sunday, October 18, 2015 at the Wake Forest Historical … Continue reading

October 14, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Medical Bags of Dr. Matthew Dalton Phillips

These cases were carried on horseback by a country doctor practicing medicine in rural North Carolina about a hundred years ago. Apart from the passage of time, they are exactly as Dr. … Continue reading

September 30, 2015 · Leave a comment

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Tues-Fri: 9am-noon & 1:30-4:30pm
Sun: 2pm-5pm

Closed: Saturday and Monday

Call us at 919.556.2911

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