190 History of Wake Forest College
"The survey was commenced at the Northwest corner of lot No. 76,
marked A, on a line with the South end of the College Building, and
the lots are eight rods by twenty. Main and Back Streets are each one
hundred feet wide. East and West Avenue are eight rods. The other
streets are sixty feet wide. Main Street runs parallel with the College
Building. The South lots, to wit, nos. 61, 62, 69 and 70 are parts of
lots. The four lots on the East side of town are ten rods by sixteen. So
also are lots Nos. 26, 27, 28, 29, 64, 66 and 67. The center of Middle
Street passes through the centre of the College Building, North and
The farm lands of the College were not put on the market at the
time of the laying off the town. For the next year the farm was left
with the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees. At the
meeting of the Board on October 3, 1840, the Executive Committee
was authorized to sell such portions of the College land as they might
deem expedient.10 Land was no longer needed for the purposes of
manual labor for the students. In June, 1841, it was ordered that all
the lots belonging to the town and west of Back Street, except those
immediately back of the College Square should be relinquished and
sold as a part of the plantation.
Having decided on the disposal of the land, and with the oft
repeated expression of purpose to use the proceeds to pay the debts of
the College, the Trustees pressed the sale with much persistence. A
public sale for February 4, 1839, was advertised in the Biblical
Recorder and the secular papers published in Raleigh. In this
advertisement it was stated that certain restrictions on the use of the
lots would be made known at the sale. This doubtless referred to the
use of the lots for gambling houses and the sale of spiritous liquors.
But the copies of the early deeds in the office of the Register of Deeds
of Wake County show that the provision was largely forgotten when it
came to writing the deeds, and it is found only in a few of them. There
10 Proceedings, pp. 35, 51.
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