Reynolda House & Historic District

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Katharine Smith Reynolds and her Husband, RJ Reynolds
Photo courtesy of Digital Forsyth

The Reynolda House and Historic District, set in what is now the Buena Vista neighborhood of Winston-Salem, was once the 1,067-acre estate of the Reynolds family’s tobacco barons Katharine Smith Reynolds and her husband Richard Joshua (R. J.) Reynolds (pictured right). The Reynolda Historic District was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.


Reynolda House Museum of American Art

2250 Reynolda Road
Winston-Salem, NC 27106

Designed by architect Charles Barton Keen, Reynolda House was built in 1917 by Katharine Smith Reynolds and her husband Richard Joshua Reynolds, founder of the R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company. Reynolda House was home to two generations of the Reynolds family. The house originally occupied the center of a 1,067-acre estate. In 1965, the house opened to the public as an institution dedicated to the arts and education and in 1967, as an art museum. Today, Reynolda House Museum of American Art displays a premier collection of American art from the colonial period to the present & hosts regular special events.

Reynolda House Tours

Reynolda House Museum of American Art exhibits premiere art collections from the colonial period to the present and offers educational programs. It holds one of the country’s finest American art collections. General admission is $14 for adults. Museum members, children 18 and under,


students with valid ID, military personnel with ID: FREE. Employees of Wake Forest University and Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center with valid ID (plus one guest): FREE.

Reynolda House Hours

Tuesday – Saturday, 9:30AM-4:30PM
Sunday 1:30-4:30PM
Closed Mondays, New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day

Reynolda Village

2201 Reynolda Road
Winston-Salem, NC 27106

Part of the Reynolda Estate grounds and adjacent to Reynolda House, these farm buildings that once served as dairy barns, cattle sheds and blacksmith shops now house boutique shops, restaurants, and offices.

Shops include several home furnishings stores, men’s, ladies’ and children’s designer fashion boutiques, and even K-9 Doggie Bakery & Boutique. Among the art galleries are a photography and custom oil portraits, canvas and ceramics party studio, and the START Wake Forest University student art gallery. Fitness and wellness studios include Pure Barre ballet inspired fitness, Metabolic Effect, and European Touch Day Spa and Village Hair Design.

Restaurants at Reynolda Village include Silo Deli Cheese & Wine, the original Village Tavern, and Pane e Vino. During the warmer months through September, enjoy the Reynolda Village Farmers Market on site Fridays from 8AM-noon.

Reynolda Gardens

100 Reynolda Village
Winston-Salem, NC 27106

Located beside Reynolda House Museum of American Art, Reynolda Gardens is now a 129 acre recreation destination. The gardens of Reynolda house were designed by Louis L. Miller and Horatio R. Buckenham, who were partners in the landscape engineering firm, Buckenham and Miller. Shortly after, Thomas W. Sears made changes to the Buckenham/Miller plans and designed additional plantings. Comprised of a beautiful greenhouse conservatory and gardens, many forget that there are also winding paved trails as well. The Conservatory at Reynolda-Conservatory-smallReynolda Gardens celebrates its 100th anniversary October, 2013. Just behind the house is Lake Katharine and the Boathouse. Buckenham and Miller designed the rock-faced dam to block the flow of Silas Creek and several smaller streams to form Lake Katharine in 1913.

Hours & Admission

The gardens and grounds are open free of charge during daylight hours year-round. The greenhouses are open free of charge Monday through Saturday from 10AM – 5PM, except Saturdays in July and January and during the Wake Forest University winter holiday.



About The Author:

Kristi was born and raised just up the road in Mount Airy (a.k.a. Mayberry) and frequented Winston-Salem often growing up for school field trips, shopping, and dining. After attending Appalachian State University, and a brief stint living in Southern Virginia, Kristi returned to Winston-Salem, NC in 1999 and began her work in non-profit, public relations and writing. She and her family enjoy the convenience of living near downtown Winston-Salem. She enjoys the arts, photography and cooking. "I'm a small town girl at heart, but Winston-Salem isn't an overwhelming city. It is rich with friendly people, history, culture and has a vibrant art community and that is why I am proud to call this "My Winston-Salem!"

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