Wake Forest Historical Museum

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

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

Of Iron Boxes, Fire Bells, and Burning Buggies

The burning buggy was a mishap that struck a farmer driving his team along the road to Wake Forest from Franklinton in 1916. He was delivering a load of eight … Continue reading

January 11, 2019 · Leave a 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

The Wall Murder – Wake Forest’s Civil War Legend

UPDATE – Wall Family Descendant Ronald R. Wall, Colonel, USAF (Retired) has kindly provided the facts to fill in the blanks of this fascinating piece of history. Read his remarks here, … Continue reading

May 1, 2015 · 14 Comments

A Salute to the Holding School of Dance

When it comes to adorable photographs, it’s virtually impossible to surpass young dancers in recital costumes. So it was quite thrilling this week to receive a collection of three Kodachrome slides from … Continue reading

March 29, 2015 · 2 Comments

Legendary Locals of Wake Forest

Legendary Locals of Wake Forest is here and now on sale at the museum! If you wonder what it’s like–attempting to narrow down nearly 200-years of history into a tidy … Continue reading

February 10, 2015 · Leave a comment