Wake Forest Northeast Community Plan - December 2021




THE STUDY AREA TODAY The Northeast Community is a product of historic development patterns, resources, policies, and planning efforts. To achieve an inclusive understanding of the community, a comprehensive review of land use, regulatory frameworks, transportation assets, previous planning efforts, community amenities, historic resources, and environmental concerns was undertaken. This information is summarized below. 1.C

Glen Royall Mill Village Historic District



Local Historic District

HISTORIC RESOURCES The Northeast Community is bordered by three National Register Historic Districts and one Local Historic District located on the west side of the community (see Figure 1.C.1a). • The L ocal Historic District was created in 1979 to preserve an architecturally significant and historic portion of the town. The district is largely located north of the Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary with a small portion lying to the south. • The Glen Royall Mill Village Historic District was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1999. This district includes much of the village that was built around the Royall Cotton Mill. • The Downtown Wake Forest Historic District was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 2002 and includes several blocks along S. White Street which makes up the Town’s historic commercial core. • The Wake Forest Historic District was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 2003 and contains the former campus of Wake Forest College (current Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary) and the surrounding areas that make up much of the Town’s historic core.

The Northeast Community is home to several historic properties. • The Ailey Young House is considered one of the oldest African American buildings in Wake Forest. Built c.1875, it is a prime example of Reconstruction- era African American housing. Named for Ailey Young, an African American woman and early owner of the property, the house is a vibrant reminder of the Northeast Community’s significant history. • The W.E.B. DuBois School was built in the 1920s as a public school for African American children. The DuBois School was integrated in 1971 and became the Wake Forest/Rolesville Middle School. In 1989, the school was closed. The DuBois campus remains a well known and loved historic site. • The Olive Branch Baptist Church has served the Northeast Community since the close of the Civil War and is the oldest continually operating church in the neighborhood. The church and cemetery were added to the North Carolina Study List for the National Register in 2020. • The Wake Forest Cemetery & Wake Forest African American Cemetery are both located in the Northeast Community. The cemeteries are over 100 years old and contain graves of many of Wake Forest’s notable residents.

W.E.B. DuBois School

Wake Forest Cemetery

Ailey Young House

Wake Forest African American Cemetery

Wake Forest Historic District

Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

Downtown Wake Forest Historic District


National Historic District Local Historic District Cemetery Building Footprints Streets Railroads Study Area

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Chapter 1: Existing Conditions

Northeast Community Plan



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