Preservation Month

May is Preservation Month 

May is Preservation Month and the Historic Preservation Division is offering several ways to celebrate, including two free webinars, a scavenger huntvirtual tours and by releasing each week a different coloring page of a locally significant historic site.


Preservation Month Webinars

The Wake Forest Historic Preservation Division is partnering with the Wake Forest Historical Museum to offer a series of Zoom webinars on interesting aspects of the the town's history. The public is invited to attend the Zoom webinars online or by phone. 

Adventures with Old Houses
Tuesday, May 11, 6:30 p.m.

Join us for a discussion with Ed Morris, Director of the Wake Forest Historical Museum, and homeowners from the Wake Forest Historic District.

The Story Map of the Northeast Community in Wake Forest
Tuesday, May 25, 6:30 p.m.

 Join us for an Introduction to this preservation project and discussion with Michelle Michael, Senior Planner (Historic Preservation) and Chris Robey, MLA Candidate at the University of Georgia

There is no cost to participate, but registration is required. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. 

Register Now

For more information, email Senior Planner Michelle Michael.


Virtual Tours

Another fantastic way to honor preservation month and learn more about Wake Forest’s rich history is to take a self-guided Walking Tour. The Town has two self-guided Walking Tours:

  1. Downtown District

  2. Local Historic District

Tours are accessible through the Town App, website, and physical brochures are available at Town Hall on the 3rd floor.


Historic Preservation Month Scavenger Hunt

In honor of May being Historic Preservation Month the Town is launching an historic scavenger hunt. Ten pictures of local Wake Forest historic features are shown below. All participants who upload all ten photos of the correct historic features will be entered into a drawing for a $20 gift card to Lumpy’s Ice Cream.

Scavenger Hunt Rules
  • Locate the historic feature pictured and physically visit it.

  • Take a picture of yourself with the feature in the background. Remember do not trespass on private property. Take pictures from the public right-of-way (sidewalk).

  • Once you have photos of all 10 historic features send them to the Town via the Submit Your Photos link below

Submit Your Photos

All correct entries received at the end of the month will be entered into a random drawing for a $20 gift card to Lumpy’s Ice Cream (three prizes will be awarded). Winners will be announced the first week of June.

You must have all 10 photos to be considered for the prize. Photos taken from Maps screenshots will not be counted.

Please Note: you may notice some of these architectural features in newer construction, however submittals must be the specific feature pictured in order to be counted.

Please locate the following features and items:
Town Tree

This deodar cedar tree has been adopted by the Town for its logo.


Marker for the Wake Forest College Birthplace.


The Arch marks the entrance between the town and the campus of the Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary but it was original built by Wake Forest College.


Entrance with fanlight, decorative brickwork, and dentil molding – popular in the Beaux Arts-style of architecture of the early 20th century.


Often found on churches but also seen on schools and other institutional type buildings from the 1800s – mid-1900s.


Often found in Queen Anne style architecture from the late 1800s.

Old Well

Wake Forest has two well structures, make sure you visit the “old” well.

Stained Glass Rosette Window

This type of window is seen in residential architecture of the late 1800s usually in the Queen Anne Style. 

Palladian Window

This type of window can be seen many variations from the early 1800s until today. Identified by an arched fanlight window at the center flanked by single windows.

Gas Pump

Back in the early 1900s you would buy gas at the drug store among other places.


Coloring Pages

Click on the image below to download the coloring page.

Preservation Month
Senior Planner - Historic Preservation