Since 1753, Winston-Salem, North Carolina has been a haven for Moravian settlers seeking religious freedom. Over the years, these peaceful pragmatists formed a community based on common ideals, shared work and a deep respect for the land, art and music. (They also made a darn fine cookie.)
Whether you’re searching for inspiration for those last-minute gifts, relaxing in style with family and friends, or simply creating space for yourself amid the hustle of the holiday season, you’ll find no place more pristine to escape to than Winston-Salem’s famed Reynolda Mile.
How much do you know about Old Salem’s Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts (MESDA)? Maybe a little or nothing at all. While you may have walked across the Old Salem covered bridge and visited MESDA’s self-guided galleries, there are always new things to learn about this local gem and all it has to offer.
Tracing back to the founding of Salem, Winston-Salem’s history of craftsmanship continues to live on, inspiring artisans and entrepreneurs throughout the city still today. We caught up with the owners of Sunnyside Millwork to discuss how the city has influenced their handcrafted furniture and where you can see it during your next visit.
Enrich your Easter traditions with a historic celebration that dates to 1772 in Winston-Salem. Held continuously for the past 247 years in the historic Moravian settlement of Old Salem, the annual Easter Sunrise Service is the longest consecutive observance of its kind in the nation. Thousands of observers gather year after year on the sacred grounds of God’s Acre just as the sun rises over the rolling hills.
No visit to Winston-Salem is complete without a stop at Reynolda House Museum of American Art – the 1917 bungalow once home of the R.J. and Katharine Reynolds is now home to one of the southeast’s finest collection of American art. Lauded by Town & Country magazine as the reason Winston-Salem should be on “every culture vulture’s list,” this historic home is nestled in the heart of what locals affectionately call, Reynolda Mile–a historic stretch that connects Reynolda Estate, Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA), and the luxury 85-room Graylyn Estate. Whether you’re in town for the weekend or just a day, Reynolda Mile is the perfect destination within a destination to simply get away.
“When I first arrived at Old Salem, I discovered the long tradition of wonderful scholarship and research related to Africans and African Americans in early Salem–most of which was about St. Philips African Moravian Church,” Old Salem Museums & Gardens President and CEO Frank Vagnone said.
As one of the younger of Winston-Salem’s historic homes, you’d expect Reynolda House, the historic “grand dame” of American Art, to be coy about its age. Instead, Reynolda is proud to celebrate this momentous milestone with a year-long party. (We should all look so good at 100!)
Hailed as the Mother of American Modernism, Georgia O’Keeffe was no stranger to the avant-garde. Her sensuous floral paintings, relentless work ethic and gender-non-confirming personal style were as shocking in the early 1920s and 30s as they remain today. Now, more than 100 years later, her provocative aesthetic is being explored in a limited national exhibition, “Georgia O’Keeffe: Living Modern,” scheduled for August 18 – November 19, 2017 at the Reynolda House Museum of American Art.