Wake Forest Historical Museum

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Lovefeast at Wake Forest Historical Museum

Lovefeast at Wake Forest Historical Museum (This event is full. Registration is closed.) Streamed live from Wait Chapel on Sunday, December 6, 8 p.m. EST Friends will gather at the Wake … Continue reading

November 4, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Historic Home

The two-story Greek-Revival house is the town’s oldest dwelling and features a hall-parlor plan with much of its original woodwork, a two-story porch, and exterior chimneys with freestanding stacks. The … Continue reading

August 11, 2013 · Leave a comment

History of the Old Well

The Old Well is a beloved campus landmark that likely dates back to the early days of the Calvin Jones House. Located just a few yards from the house at … Continue reading

July 30, 2013 · Leave a comment

The Women of Wake Forest

(CIRCA Magazine – Our Heritage column by regional historian Amy Pierce) In its mission to chronicle all aspects of both Wake Forest and Wake Forest College history, the Wake Forest … Continue reading

July 25, 2013 · 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

Birthplace Society

The Wake Forest College Birthplace Society has spent more than half a century working to keep the story of Old Wake Forest alive, and what began as a small group … Continue reading

July 25, 2013 · 2 Comments

What to donate?

Giving to the museum can be as simple as donating an interesting old item found on a garage shelf– or in a box from the attic, garden shed, or basement. … Continue reading

July 24, 2013 · Leave a comment

The Main Museum

The new museum, located behind the historic Calvin Jones House, is bright and elegant, featuring sloped ceiling architecture, high windows and exposed beams designed to evoke the atmosphere of the … Continue reading

July 24, 2013 · Leave a comment

Demon Deacon

The colors “Old Gold and Black” have long been associated with Wake Forest, and early nicknames were the “Baptists” and at one point the “tigers.” But the name “Demon Deacon” … Continue reading

July 24, 2013 · Leave a comment

Early Days of Wake Forest Sports

During the College’s first five years, students spent much of the day studying and doing manual labor. Only on Saturday afternoons were they allowed to participate in some form of … Continue reading

July 24, 2013 · Leave a comment

The Harricanes

Along the northwestern rim of Wake County runs a lean piece of land known as “The Harricane.” It got its name from a renegade storm that ripped through the area … Continue reading

July 24, 2013 · 48 Comments

Royall Cotton Mill

In 1899 Wake Forest College graduates Robert E. Royall, Thomas E. Holding, and William C. Powell built a cotton mill on a twenty-five acre tract north of the Wake Forest … Continue reading

July 24, 2013 · 2 Comments

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

The Calvin Jones House Gardens

The gardens surrounding the south side of the Calvin Jones House are beautiful every season of the year, but never more so than late spring when the colorful hues of … Continue reading

July 21, 2013 · Leave a comment

Moving the Museum

On September 1, 2010, Executive Director Ed Morris spent the day getting all the smaller items moved from the Calvin Jones House and into the new annex. Cathy Morris reviewed … Continue reading

July 21, 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