Going Home Again – Tailgating at Wake Forest

It was the early summer of 1956, and yellow Mayflower moving vans were parked all over the magnolia tree lined campus in Wake Forest. As soon as the last graduation class marched out of the Chapel, the loading of the vans began and the long trek, years in the making, to the Reynolda campus in Winston-Salem began.

Most of us were in elementary school, or perhaps middle school as it now might be called. We moved with our friends, almost all of them, to the new campus. We were temporarily housed in faculty apartments while the new building of homes on the campus adjacent Faculty Drive took place.

Our parents were professors, teachers and preachers. They were heads of departments and the secretary to the President of the school. Over time, we all went to public schools in Winston-Salem, most often Reynolds High School, which at time, allowed you to start in the 8th grade. But we all remained Wake Forest. Most of us all lived on the same street. That is where we continued our growing up. That is who we were and are.

Now, it has been 54 years this summer since we moved. Most of our parents are no longer here. The college has become a proud university, and there are new professors and teachers and other families now live in our houses. But for a short time, on November 6, before the Wake Forest-Boston College football game, many of us are getting together again since those years long ago.

It truly will be special. Folks are coming from everywhere…Ohio, Washington, D.C., Athens, Georgia, the Outer Banks, and many places in-between. To get to see most of your childhood friends again in one setting is remarkable.

Those of you who attended Wake Forest in the early years in Winston-Salem may recognize some of the names – Reece, Drake, Webster, Hylton, Gay, Gentry, Jones, Brantley, Layton, O’Flaherty, Long, Barrow, Preseren, Brown, and many others.

You can go home again.



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