Winston-Salem is known as the City of Arts and Innovation and the current exhibit featured at Reynolda House Museum of American Art truly lives up to the name. In honor of their 50th Anniversary and expanding presence as a premier exhibit site, the facility has a special Georgia O’Keefe collection on display through November 19, 2017. This collection is only being displayed in three venues, and Reynolda House is the only site south of New York City. A true treat for the mind and eyes, it’s well worth the time to visit and explore (and I’ll share a local secret below on admission!).
Georgia O’Keefe Exhibit
The exhibit goes well beyond the famous artwork and explores aspects of O’Keefe’s life that helped to shape her unique perspective and generate the immense creativity in her expressions. One of O’Keefe’s additional expressions of her art came in her choices of clothing. The exhibit tells the tale of her evolution through various stages of dressing, each focused on communicating a theme and feeling to those who encountered her. This is NOT simply a display of framed artwork, and that adds to the depth of understanding and experience.
Reynolda House Museum
Nestled in the middle of Reynolda Gardens and a part of the Reynolda House itself, the Museum experience is much more than one might expect. The house itself has a rich history in the tobacco-steeped history of Winston-Salem. Enhance your visit by exploring the nearby trails, manicured gardens, purchasing a plant at the on-site greenhouse, or exploring the quaint shops that snake throughout Reynolda Village. There are even several restaurants and coffee shops on site if you want to take a break and discuss all the wonders that surround you.
Located at 2250 Reynolda Road in Winston-Salem, the entrance to Reynolda House could be described as out of a fairytale. Reynolda Road is canopied with aged trees and the entrance to the estate is situated directly across from the luxurious Graylyn Estate. Check the website below for hours and other details to prepare for your visit, including suggestions on lodging and nearby local events and restaurants.
Admission is affordable at $18 per person, but there are several ways to gain free admission. Employees of Wake Forest University and Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center can use their valid ID cards to gain admission for themselves and one guest for free at any time. Free admission is also granted to Museum members, children 18 and under, students with valid ID, and military personnel with ID. If you don’t fit into one of those categories, the Museum has also recently released admission cards that can be checked out from the Forsyth County Public Library for up to seven days, allowing accessibility for even more of the public!
Use this link to gain immediate access to detailed information about the exhibit, including an online peek at many of the featured pieces and special details on making your visit special.
The month of February has been designated Black History Month in order to recognize the Civil Rights struggles and celebrate the achievements of African-Americans across our nation. But you don’t have to go far to find landmarks and monuments steeped in history worth exploring. The diversity of our community is vital to the growth and sustainability of our regional culture. Take a day or two to tour, explore, and consider the role each of these had in moving our society to where it is today. It is an honor to live in an area with such a rich history. Here is an overview of a few of the sights I’d suggest exploring as you celebrate Black History Month in and around Winston-Salem, NC…
Winston-Salem has a rich history in Moravian traditions, with some of the best coming in the form of specialty baked goods and treats. Established in 1930, Salem Baking Company is a local supplier of true Moravian cookies, cheese straws, jellies/jams, and shortbread cookies just to name a few. Even if you don’t yet live in the area, chances are you’ve heard of Salem Baking as their goods are sold at wholesale to over 10,000 gourmet and natural food outlets nationwide. What a treat it is to know that their home base is right here in Winston-Salem, bringing jobs, culture, and tradition to our region. Let’s get to know a few of their featured treats better…
It always amazes me how we can be surrounded by fantastic attractions, even pass by them every day, and not fully realize how much history and culture are waiting for you to discover. One of these hidden treasures of the Winston-Salem area is in Old Salem. Historical sites like these add to the community and sense of place and purpose for towns like Winston-Salem and make this an ideal place to shop for property. Check out some of the best features of Old Salem below, consider visiting for an afternoon, and then give me a call at 336-575-7249 to discuss your property needs.
As one of America’s most comprehensive history attractions, Old Salem is celebrating its 250th anniversary in 2016 and that means that their calendar is full of events and treats for everyone in the family. Old Salem encompasses both buildings, town streets, gardens, and a museum that offer Moravian history at its very best. To visit, go to 600 Main Street in Winston-Salem. If you need more information, be sure to visit their website or call 336-721-7300.
Step back in time and experience structures, exhibits, artifacts, and hands-on workshops that fit any age and type of interest. The town itself is the keystone of your walking tour that starts at the Old Salem Visitor Center and weaves throughout your experience. The spread between the buildings and shops are gardens, cobblestone walkways, historical markers, and a wealth of knowledge regarding what it was like to live in Moravian style in the days Old Salem was born.
The Tavern in Old Salem
Just one of many eating options throughout the property and featuring locally sourced ingredients, the Tavern serves lunch and dinner in an upscale historical environment. The Tavern is so popular that reservations are recommended, but well worth the pre-planning to experience the sense of total immersion as you enter the historic building and are seated in the quaint rooms and spaces to receive impeccable service.
Old Salem Gardens
The town has always been renowned for its plants and farming technologies and that tradition continues with working home farms throughout the restored community, including farmers markets and other opportunities for you to partake in the beauty and flavors. Explore the heirloom fruits and vegetables and consider buying unique seeds for your home collection too.
The Museum of Early Southern Decorative Art
Featuring ceramics, furniture, paintings, silver, and textiles, the museum houses artifacts with storied histories and offer an indoor escape during your tour of the grounds. The museum also features an extensive gift shop where you can find unique treats for all ages and price ranges.
For the most updated list of upcoming events on grounds, click over to the official Old Salem Events page. There are events every month of the year, such as concerts, candlelight tours, festivals, and other celebrations. Throughout the month of August, there are even special All-American tours which are self-guided tours throughout the various attractions on the grounds.
Take time to explore Old Salem and gain a unique appreciation for the region and our special history and ties to American history. Walk where George Washington once did and see how the foundation of Winston-Salem was established and what still endures today. All within a few minutes from anywhere in the Piedmont Triad, this attraction is truly something to be experienced by those of all ages.