Newcomer Magazine

Wake Forest

Posted June 6, 2007 2:44 p.m. EDT

Quaint, yet classy

Located less than 10 miles north of Raleigh, the Town of Wake Forest is home to over 20,000 citizens who enjoy a peaceful way of life with all the benefits of city living.

Founded in 1834 by a group of Baptist ministers,Wake Forest maintains its collegiate heritage as home to Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and Southeastern College. These two schools coupled with several area churches instill strong spiritual values within Wake Forest. Officially registered as a historic district, the old red brick buildings lend the downtown district a quaint air; but there is nothing sleepy about this place. Flourishing in town is the weekly newspaper, the Chamber of Commerce, several banks, plus art galleries and specialty shops. Make sure you stop for a visit at The Old English Tea Room and Gift Shop and sit with young girls and their grandmothers enjoying lunch and tea, while keeping alive the old-world atmosphere. Of course, no trip to Wake Forest is complete without a burger from Shorty’s, which has kept area bellies full for generations. Wake Forest is served by wake County Public schools, private schools and SE Baptist and has a branch of Wake Tech.

Wake Forest continues to experience tremendous economic growth, as expansion programs support more than 100 thriving businesses. Residents also enjoy professional sporting and golfing events, ACC athletics, lush parks and greenways, and beautiful tree-lined streets along its downtown historic district. In fact, Falls Lake Recreation Park includes a 12,000 acre lake and 26,000 acres of woodlands, enough to keep families environmentally educated and physically exhausted. You’ll find annual arts and crafts festivals, jazz festivals and holiday celebrations as well. An explosive 4th of July bash and an endearing, old-world Christmas parade mark the calendar by those open to the allure of this wonderful community.

For captivating small-town charm, you’ll find the warmth you’ve been seeking in Wake Forest.