January 15, 2002 — Reynolda declares its formal affiliation with Wake Forest University.
Image: The Wake Forest Demon Deacon holds a copy of Reynolda; Her Muses, Her Stories in 2017.
Barbara Millhouse in R.J. Reynolds's study signing affiliation documents in 2002 with Wake Forest President Thomas K. Hearn Jr. and Board of Trustees Chair Glenn Orr.
“My father disbursed the property, and now we’re putting it back together.”

— Barbara Babcock Millhouse

In an agreement described as historic and visionary, Reynolda House Museum of American Art became an affiliate of its longtime neighbor Wake Forest University in 2002. Reynolda House President Barbara B. Millhouse and Wake Forest President Thomas K. Hearn Jr. announced the new relationship in January of that year.
Barbara's father (Charles H. Babcock) far left standing next to President Harry Truman at the groundbreaking of Wake Forest College, 1951.
In the late 1940s, Mary Reynolds and Charles Babcock contributed a large portion of the family estate for the construction of Wake Forest's Reynolda Campus, which opened in 1956.  Read more about the groundbreaking on Wake Forest Magazine.
I admire the leadership that Barbara Millhouse has given to this special place. Her parents' vision for Wake Forest and for Reynolda House is part of a common destiny, and this agreement ensures the further success of that legacy. ” — Thomas K. Hearn Jr, Wake Forest University President
Wake Forest freshmen at Deacon Camp, an immersive week-long experience before classes begin designed to share the University's history, 2017.
American Foundations course at Reynolda House, 1990. This summer immersion program focused on American art, music, and literature. This tradition continues today in our Introduction to Reynolda for Aspiring Docents class.
Today, the work of the University and Museum are overlapping with greater intention than ever. Both Wake Forest and Reynolda House have their roots in education as part of their greater mission. University faculty and staff receive free admission to the Museum.

As one of the Museum's Presenting Sponsors for Frederic Church: A Painter's Pilgrimage, Wake Forest will play a prominent role in our spring season. Explore our calendar for lectures and events featuring Wake Forest scholars.