The Story of Wendell's Jake May

The left handed pitcher who twice struck out Babe Ruth in World Series games with his “jug handle curve ball”   Jake May was inducted into the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame in Spring 2018.

Our Ongoing Projects

Wendell Veterans on Display at Universal Chevrolet

The photo display of Wendell veterans that was created for a past 4th of July Celebration is on display at the Universal Chevrolet showroom on Main St. Stop by if you have not seen this wonderful compilation of Wendell history. Thank you to Paul White and Universal Chevrolet for hosting this display.

Wendell High School Yearbooks - Digital NC

The Wendell Historical Society has been collecting year books from Wendell high schools and having them digitized in to the Digital NC collection for free online access to all.   Recently added were Vaiden Whitley High School yearbooks for 1966-1968.     We are seeking Wendell High School yearbooks for the years 1934, 1935 and 1938. We would like to borrow these from the owners so they can be scanned into the Digital NC collection at UNC and then they will be returned. If you have any of these yearbooks, please contact Ray Hinnant at 919-365-3228 or

The Historical Society has already contributed all Wendell High School yearbooks 1933 to 1965 (except those three years) to the North Carolina Digital Heritage Center.

Wendell Museum - October 2020

Wendell History Museum

A Wendell museum is on the horizon! For a number of years, the Wendell Historical Society has pursued the goal of establishing a Wendell museum.

Wendell Historical Society Reverse Raffle: Update

We would like to extend our appreciation for all those who generously participated in this year’s raffle. While the raffle was much different this year, it was a huge success.
Winners of the 5th annual Wendell Historical Society reverse raffle, held Oct. 29, 2020, are:
$100 Winners
Ben Brooks, J.M. Dickens, Scott Carpenter, Richard Hamilton, Paul White, Eden & Eliza Hopkins, Martha Ramsey, Roger Johnson, Mike Apple, Strickland Funeral Home, Eden Hopkins
Grand Prize Winners ($10,000 split among 5 ticket holders)
Bob Privette, Brent Richardson, Andrew Krieman, Mary Lou Barnes, Shelton Bridgers
$500 for Last Ticket Drawn
Shelton Bridgers
Thank you to all who supported our efforts to create a Wendell Museum!