Preservation Month

May is Preservation Month 

The Town of Wake Forest is celebrating Historic Preservation Month in May by offering free walking tours of the Northeast Community, Local Historic District (North Main Street), and South Main Street.


Preservation Month Walking Tours

Pre-registration is required for each tour by completing the online sign-up form. Space is limited to the first 15 participants to sign up for each tour.

Led by staff from Historic Preservation Planning Program, each tour will include discussions of the developmental and architectural history of the area, along with the significant men and women who shaped the community. Tours are outside only and will not include the inside of individual homes or buildings.

Each tour is approximately 90 minutes and will be offered according to the following schedule:

  • Northeast Community - Wednesday, May 15, at 10 a.m. (rain date is Friday, May 17, at 10 a.m.) 
    Attendees will meet at Taylor Street Park, 416 N. Taylor St., to learn about Wake Forest’s historically African American neighborhood and its significant culture and history.

  • Local Historic District - Wednesday, May 22, at 10 a.m. (rain date is Friday, May 24, at 10 a.m.) 
    Attendees will meet at the corner of North Main Street and East Walnut Street at the Wake Forest Historical Museum to learn about the history of Wake Forest north of and including the Old College Campus. 

  • South Main Street - Wednesday, May 29, at 10 a.m. (rain date is Friday, May 31, at 10 a.m.) 
    Attendees will meet at the Wake Forest Community House, 133 W. Owen Ave., to learn about the area south and west of the Old College Campus.

For more information, contact Senior Planner for Historic Preservation Michelle Michael at 919-435-9516 or [email protected].

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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.


Preservation Month
Senior Planner - Historic Preservation
Preservation Month Walking Tours