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Winston-Salem Historical Facts

Winston Salem Plaza

Ever wondered about the history of some of the buildings in downtown Winston-Salem? There’s lots of history there, and many stories to be told, but we’d be writing a book if we told you them all. Instead, here’s some interesting facts to tickle your curiosity. Want to learn more? Search the site …

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History of Old Salem

Horse Drawn Carriage

Before it was Old Salem, it was simply Salem, an outpost of religious freedom carved out of the North Carolina wilderness.çThe buildings and gardens of today’s Old Salem have been lovingly preserved within sight of the office towers and crowded highways of Winston-Salem, the city that grew up around it. …

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Tours

Winston-Salem Segway Tour

See Winston-Salem through a different lens! Whether you are visiting Winston-Salem, showing it off to friends, or just getting to know the city, these guided tours offer many of Winston-Salem's hidden gems. From downtown to historical tours and even ghost tours, even longtime residents are bound to learn something new.

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Local Architecture

Single Brothers Moravian architecture

Our fair city of Winston-Salem is full of great architectural sites. Did you know we have the "mother" of the Empire State building and a replica of Independence Hall right here in Winston-Salem? Find out where Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke and the legend of the Salem Coffee Pot. Here is a guide to some of our favorite architectural sites.

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Reynolda House & Historic District

Reynolda House

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

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Historic Hotels near Downtown Winston-Salem

Brookstown Inn

While visiting Winston-Salem (or welcoming visitors to your hometown), one might consider staying in one of these lovely historic hotels, inns or other interesting locations. They each have a story to tell, from the former home of the mayor of (Old) Salem, to the former manor house of one of …

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New Benefactors of Old Salem

New Benefactors of Old Salem

Old Salem may be historic, but it’s for the young and young at heart as well. As she looked at the next generation of Old Salem supporters, Frances Beasley, Director of Development at Old Salem, created the New Benefactors of Old Salem in 2009. The New Benefactors is “a group …

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History of the Moravian Star

Moravian Star Salem Bridge

I love the first signs of Christmas in Winston-Salem, NC, when Moravian stars light up porches and line the streets of downtown and the giant, 31-foot Moravian star atop the tower of Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center shines like a beacon. Ever wonder about the origins of the star? …

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Winston-Salem Celebrates its 100 Year Centennial

Winston-Salem Centennial Logo

That’s right! It was 100 years ago that the townships of Winston and Salem married and formed one of the earliest-ever hyphenated names: Winston-Salem. Throughout these 100 years, we have seen our city become a vibrant place to live, work and play. All weekend long, Winston-Salem will celebrate its Centennial! There are …

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