Archaeology Workshop

Ailey Young House2019 Archaeology Workshop
Saturday, April 27 ~ 10 am-noon & 1-3 pm
Ailey Young House

The Wake Forest Historic Preservation Commission will host an archaeology workshop on Saturday, April 27, at the site of the Ailey Young House. Two sessions will be offered – the first from 10 a.m.-noon and the second from 1-3 p.m. The workshop will be partially funded with a federal Historic Preservation Fund (HPF) grant awarded by the State Historic Preservation Office (HPO) through the National Park Service’s Certified Local Government Program (CLG). The workshop will be hosted in partnership with the N.C. Office of State Archaeology and New South Associates.

The Ailey Young House is located along North White Street, north of Spring Street and south of the Wake Forest Cemetery. The one and a half story saddlebag house is a rare example of Reconstruction-era rental housing that was the childhood home of Allen Young, an important educator in the history of Wake Forest. It is the oldest known African American historic resource within Wake Forest.

Registration Information

The April 27 workshop is open to everyone but children must be accompanied by an adult. There is no cost to participate, but registration is required by completing the registration form.

Registrants may choose from one of the following times: 10 a.m.-noon and 1-3 p.m. Each workshop is approximately two hours and each group is limited to 30 participants.

Everyone under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or adult. Waiver of Liability forms are required for all participants and are included on the registration form.


Workshop Overview

Participants will meet at the Ailey Young House site. Organizers will man information stations to discuss various archaeological methods and practices.

Know Before You Go

  • The Ailey Young House site is not an improved site, so it is not handicapped accessible.

  • The workshop is not recommended for anyone who has difficulty walking or moving around.

  • Participants should dress appropriately for being outdoors by wearing protective clothing, sunscreen, insect repellent, hats, and appropriate shoes (no sandals or flip-flops).


Parking will be available at the Wake Forest Cemetery, 400 N. White St., and along Spring Street. Participants are asked to be respectful in the event a funeral is scheduled on the day of the workshop.

Inclement Weather

In the event of rain, the workshop will be rescheduled for Saturday, May 4, at the same time. 


Archaeology Workshop
Senior Planner - Historic Preservation