48 History of Wake Forest College
Dr. Jones was liberal beyond his promise and in addition to the 615
acres for which the Committee bargained, at a reduced price, he made
a gratuitous gift of land now used as a part of the golf links west of
Richland Creek, nearly a hundred acres. This was only the last of a
long series of services to the State and to education made by this
distinguished man in this State. The College has always regarded him
as one of its founders. His portrait hung in the old College Building
and was lost in the conflagration which on May 5, 1933, destroyed
that building.
The name "Wake Forest" deserves explanation. It was originally
applied to all that part of Wake County lying north of Neuse River
and between the roads leading from Raleigh to
path to a pine on Powell's Road, thence down the Road 82 poles to a post oak, on
the west side of said Road, thence North 70 poles to a small red oak, thence North
60 degrees West 13 poles to a small post oak, thence South 40 degrees West 75
poles to a white oak and sourwood; thence North 53 degrees West 172 poles to a
large ironwood on the East bank of Richland Creek, thence down the various
courses of the said Creek to the Road, thence up a large branch to the Flat Rock
white oak and thence up the various courses of the Red Hill Branch to the
beginning, containing 615 acres and a half, also a small piece of land on the
opposite side of Richland Creek adjoining the said land, being the land which Dr.
Calvin Jones purchased of Davis Battle, and whereon the said Calvin Jones now
By way of explanation it may be said that the Powell Road is the one leading
from Raleigh by Wake Forest. In 1832 after crossing the present line of the railroad
to the south of the town it ran somewhat east of its present location, probably
through the cemetery and north of the town about two hundred yards from where
the railroad now is. The beginning point of the deed was about 100 feet north of the
northeast corner of the lot of the public school. Most of the lines can still be traced.
The point in the Ridge Road still forms the southeast corner of the land of Mr. J. C.
Caddell. The long straight line of 172 poles ran from a point east of the cotton mill
and hit the creek near where it is bridged by the road leading westward from Glen
Royall. The "Road" spoken of in the deed was what was later known as the
Forestville Road. Though long unused the place where it crossed the creek is plainly
visible. It is at the southwestern extremity of the Golf Links. From there the line
runs along the streams named, the last of which is still called, Red Hill Branch, to
the beginning. The College, as I shall tell later, first and last sold all of its land
except the Campus and the old Athletic Field. In 1916 it repurchased 135 acres of it
from the Walters heirs. This lies west of the Campus and contains the Gore Athletic
Field and the Golf Links. The college in 1911 came into possession of about two
acres to the north of the Campus, through the gift of Mr. D. L. Gore, and in 1920
purchased the Purefoy lot opposite the Alumni building. In 1928, the college
purchased the Brooks-Caddell property to the northwest of the campus, 55 acres.
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