Introduction to Wake Forest, North Carolina
Wake Forest, North Carolina, in Wake county, is 16 miles NE of Raleigh, North Carolina.Part of the surrounding Raleigh - Durham - Chapel Hill metro area, the town is not an isolated town. Wake Forest is home to some 12,588 residents.
Wake Forest History
The area now known as the town of Wake Forest was originally developed around 1820. Dr. Calvin Jones from New England purchased the land in the same year and later sold it to the North Carolina Baptist Convention. In fact, Dr. Jones' farm is the site of Wake Forest College, which was originally named as Wake Forest Manual Labor Institute. The Raleigh and Gaston Railroad first entered the area in 1840. It was incorporated as the "Town of Wake Forest College" in 1880. Later in 1909, it settled on its present name. Wake Forest was named after Wake County.
Wake Forest and nearby Attractions
- Falls Lake State Recreation Area
- Rollingview State Recreation Area
- Playspace Children's Museum
- State Capitol
- Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve
- North Carolina Museum of History
Things To Do In Wake Forest
The Falls Lake State Recreation Area is located in Wake Forest. The town also has several other parks and open spaces such as the J.B. Flaherty Park, Kiwanis Park, Plummer Park, Ailey Young Park, and Tyler Run Park. The Triangle Metro Zoo is also worth visiting. Golf enthusiasts can visit the Heritage Golf Club.
Wake Forest Transportation
Franklin County Airport is nearby.
Wake Forest Higher Education
Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary is located in Wake Forest. Shaw University, North Carolina State University at Raleigh, and Meredith College are some of the other nearby colleges and universities.