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Wake Forest: From a University Town to a Thriving Wake County Community

Don’t let its name fool you: Wake Forest University is not located in Wake Forest, NC.

It’s one of the quirky facts that residents in this community have come to know and love.

Still, even though there’s no longer a university within town limits, this community has plenty to offer interested home buyers like you!

A Look Back at Wake Forest’s History

Located in Wake County (with a small portion in Franklin County), Wake Forest was first settled by Dr. Calvin Jones from New England in 1820.

Jones purchased 615 acres, which was later sold to the North Carolina Baptist Convention in order to start Wake Forest College.

In 1880, the community was incorporated as the Town of Wake Forest College and later, the town of Wake Forest.

Although Wake Forest University was located in the town for 122 years, it later moved to Winston-Salem in 1956.

Today, this community has a population of more than 30,000 residents, which is a significant jump from the 12,500 people that lived there in 2000.

In fact, Forbes Magazine recognized Wake Forest as the 20th fastest growing suburb in the nation in 2007.

Give Your Children an Excellent Primary and Secondary Education

Wake Forest is served by nine public schools within the Wake County Public School system.

These schools have been nationally recognized for their excellent test scores and for adequately preparing students for the real world.

These schools include:

  • Heritage Elementary School
  • Jones Dairy Elementary School
  • Wake Forest Elementary School
  • Richland Creek Elementary School (opened August 2012)
  • Heritage Middle School
  • Wake Forest Middle School
  • Heritage High School (opened August 2010)
  • Wake Forest High School

Meanwhile, there are a number of private schools in the area as well, including Thales Academy, All Saints Academy and Saint Catherine of Siena Catholic School.

Franklin Academy and Wake Forest Charter Academy, two excellent public charter schools, are also located here.

For higher education , students living in Wake Forest will enjoy plenty of options, including Wake Technical Community College, NC State University nearby and UNC-Chapel Hill nearby.

A Wake County Town Rich With History

There are a number of historical attractions located right within town limits. This includes the DuBois Center, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The W.E.B. DuBois School opened in 1926 for the African American community before racial segregation ended in 1971. Today, the center harkens back to the history of that school.

Also, the Wake Forest Historical Museum (also known as the Calvin Jones Historical House) is located here. Built in 1820, it was the residence of the first president of Wake Forest College and it features a lot of his personal items.

Parks and Recreational Amenities in Wake Forest

Wake Forest is home to the regionally recognized Falls Lake State Recreation Area. This park contains the 12,000 acre Falls Lake as well as 26,000 acres of woodlands.
Meanwhile, there are 10 parks and community centers located in Wake Forest, including:

  • Plummer Park
  • Joyner Park
  • Tyler Run Park
  • Holding Park and Wake Forest Community House
  • J.B. Flaherty Park
  • Taylor Street Park and Alton Massenburg Center
  • Ailey Young Park
  • H.L. Miller Park
  • Kiwanis Park
  • Smith Creek Soccer Center

Buy Your Next Home in Wake Forest, NC

Doesn’t this sound like a fantastic place to live? If you agree, then please contact us at The Caul Group.

We can answer any lingering questions you may have about this community as well as offer some valuable real estate resources like our buying guide and relocation guide.

List Your Next Wake Forest Home With Us!

And be sure to also connect with us if you’re ready to list your current Wake Forest home on the market.

We’ll work hard to get your home the best marketing exposure possible so you ultimately get the best price possible for your home!


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