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Living in Winston-Salem, NC

Winston-Salem, North Carolina, is a thriving southern city that dates back to pre-Revolutionary War days. Settled in 1753 by the German-speaking Moravian sect, Winston-Salem is now home to many national businesses, including Krispy Kreme and Hanes. In addition to housing a variety of corporate headquarters, Winston-Salem is heavily invested in the arts. In fact, the Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County was the first locally established arts council in the country, and holds several annual events, including a Summer Park Series and a public outdoor art project.

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Things to Do in Winston-Salem

Given its long history, it should come as no surprise that Winston-Salem has a wealth of museums and historical sites. The Old Salem Museum & Gardens is a popular destination for both families and history buffs. Daily visitors to Old Salem have the opportunity to watch historical craftsmen, including potters, shoemakers, and apothecaries. The museum also offers a variety of hands-on activities, including writing with a quill and botanical watercolor painting. Residents also flock to the museum’s seasonal events—the Salem Christmas is a celebration of Moravian traditions that takes place throughout the town of Salem.

Baseball lovers can head down to BB&T Ballpark to take in a Winston-Salem Dash game. A Class A-Advanced team, the Dash is also a Chicago White Sox farm team. For those who prefer a more hands-on sporting experience, paddleboard lessons are offered at several area lakes. Local Yoga instructors even offer paddleboard-based classes!

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Winston-Salem Real Estate

Winston-Salem’s historical homes are often Greek Revival and have signature Moravian touches, including arched hoods. The Reynoldstown Historic District also features Craftsman, Tudor Revival, and Colonial Revival-style homes. 

Modern Winston-Salem homes for sale range from grand estates on over an acre of land, to luxury condominiums. Small bungalows can also be found for a bargain. A converted dairy farm, Brookberry Farm is now a planned community that features over 900 homes, several parks, a barn, pool, and several other amenities. The community features both existing single-family homes for purchase, as well as lots on which you can build your dream home.

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Transportation in Winston-Salem

Interstates 74 and 40 run through Winston-Salem, providing easy access to Greensboro and other large cities. Many commuters ditch the car and use the WSTA bus service, which has 27 weekly routes.

For air travel, Charlotte Douglas International Airport is the closest major airport at about 85 miles away, but Piedmont Triad International Airport is located just over 20 miles away and serves a number of destinations. Winston-Salem also has an Amtrak station right in town for those who prefer traveling by train.


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  • Families love visiting the Old Salem Museum & Gardens to relax on a nice day or watch the historical craftsmen.
  • The Summer Parks Series is a free, family-friendly annual event that features Shakespearean plays, concerts, and more.


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