For much of its history, Wake Forest was an idyllic college town. Trains chugged past White Street, the depot hummed with activity, and citizens could shop for groceries, see a movie, and cheer the Demon Deacons without ever getting behind the wheel of a car. It was a town of visionaries. Samuel Wait, William Louis Poteat, Sophie Stephens Lanneau, and Peahead Walker made history in the fields of academics, religion, and athletics; when famous 20th-century writer and satirist H.L. Mencken reportedly called North Carolina "the most intelligent" of all Southern states, he was referring to Wake Forest. That tradition continues today. The Allen family publishes one of the region's most honored weekly newspapers; Andy Ammons recreated small-town magic in the community known as Heritage Wake Forest; and Steve Tarangelo followed his dream to prove that "food is love."
About the Author
Wake Forest native Durward Matheny, a longtime board member of the Wake Forest College Birthplace Society, worked with museum assistant director Jennifer Smart to compile this photographic history of the town's most memorable residents. Rare images and insider stories make this a "must read." Author proceeds from the sale of this book directly support the Wake Forest Historical Museum.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 The Children 9
Chapter 2 The Town 21
Chapter 3 The College 39
Chapter 4 Teachers, Mentors, Coaches, and Ministers 55
Chapter 5 Entrepreneurship and Innovation 71
Chapter 6 Citizens and Civic Organizations 85
Chapter 7 Larger than Life 97
Chapter 8 Eat, Drink, and Be Merry 113