The restored Historic Wakefield Barn was originally built in the 1930’s, surrounded by beautiful natural gardens, courtyards, and a spacious terrace. Today, The Barn has been restored with great care, creating a functional space for exquisite events, keeping its original charm.
A Look Back at the Dairy Farms of Northern Wake County from The Wake Forest Historical Museum
Never did a dairy farm sound more spectacular than in this breathless blurb, published by the Wake Forest College newspaper the Old Gold & Black, in May 1936. The family of John Rich was outfitting some property and it captured the attention of the student reporters.
“If you want to see a magnificent dairy farm in the making take a trip several miles out in the ‘Harricane’ to John Rich’s place. His father has been developing it for several years and it is very near completion now.”
“There is an enormous dairy barn, an up-to-date milk house, hundreds of acres of feed being planted, majestic teams of registered plow horses, tractors and a barn full of harvesting equipment, a bull who with his credentials, four or five of his daughters, is worth around $20,000, an awkward young colt, pigs and more pigs, and men working all over the place. And when John gets on the farm seems to work quite hard. All he needs is the proper setting.”
Source: Wake Forest Historical Museum