Winston-Salem Community Directory
Formed from the the town of Salem, settled in 1766 by the Moravian Church, and Winston, founded in 1849, the city of Winston-Salem was an industrial town that thrived on the production of tobacco products, furniture and textile manufacturing. In the mid-1800’s it was designated as the county of seat of Forsyth County. Winston-Salem is perhaps best known for Wake Forest University, Camel cigarettes (produced by the R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company), Wachovia Corporation (now located in Charlotte, NC) and Old Salem Historic District, a living history museum within the restored Moravian community of Salem.
Business & Commerce
According to a press release posted at The Intelligent Community Forum, Winston-Salem was selected as one of the Top Seven Intelligent Communities for 2008 worldwide: “Powerful government-business-academic collaboration led by Wake Forest University permitted this former “tobacco capital” to build a fiber network that spurred demand and led to an 88% broadband penetration rate. The partners have used this digital foundation to develop free computer labs across the region, create an e-government portal that is number three in the nation, and build a sustainable ICT skills training program. The city and county now count 37,000 biotech employees as residents and will fund a program to put PCs and broadband connections into the homes of low-income students.”
Read more about how Winston-Salem, NC was selected by the ICF from the press release,
Intelligent Community Forum Announces the 2008 Top Seven Intelligent Communities of the Year
Helpful Links – Business & Commerce
Winston-Salem Business, Inc.
Radio and Television
Where do Winstonians turn for up-to-the-minute news broadcasts? Music from our favorite genre? I-40 and downtown Winston traffic updates? Talk radio? Here’s a list of local radio and television stations in the Winston-Salem area.
Winston-Salem Parks & Recreation
Thinking about getting off the sofa and outside into the sunshine for some fun? Winston-Salem parks and recreation centers are numerous throughout our city. All you have to do is figure out what you want to do because Winston-Salem has the park for it. If athletics is your idea of recreation, Winston-Salem has golf, tennis, dodgeball, softball, volleyball and flag football. Hang out at one of our many swimming pools with friends or family. If you like site-seeing, visit one of our historic parks such as Bethabara Park, Old Salem, Reynolda Gardens, Kaleideum or Tanglewood. For those looking for something a little less strenuous or an activity to satisfy your creative side, join a club at a Winston-Salem recreation center. Whether you’re into dancing, sewing, scrapbooking, painting or helping others, there’s a club meeting at a Winston-Salem recreation centers.
Quick! Name your favorite sport! Monster truck rallys, NASCAR racing, Winston Cup Racing, stock cars, golf, baseball and more. Winston Salem has a variety of sporting events to satisfy even the most avid sports aficionado.
Bowman Gray Stadium Racing
Triad Golf Today Magazine
The Twin City Track Club
Winston Cup Museum
Winston-Salem Ski & Outing Club –
Outdoor and Social Activities
Winston-Salem Arts, Performing Arts & Visual Arts
Whether you prefer art galleries, a play, the opera, theater or symphony, Winston-Salem has entertainment to dazzle your eyes. Join us for a night on the town and enjoy unparalleled talent and artistic performances. Use the links below to browse through much of the arts and entertainment that Winston-Salem has to offer.
Performing Arts and Entertainment:
Barn Dinner Theater (Greensboro)
Carolina Theater – (Greensboro)
The Children’s Theater
Fiddle & Bow Society
Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Stadium
Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts
Piedmont Blues Preservation Society
Piedmont Swing Dance Society, Inc.
Triad Stage – (Greensboro)
Twin City Stage
Winston-Salem Festival Ballet
Winston-Salem Theater Alliance
Associated Artists of Winston-Salem
Delta Fine Arts Center
Diggs Gallery at Winston-Salem State University
Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts
Reynolda House Museum of American Art
The Piedmont Craftsmen Gallery and Shop
Sawtooth School of Visual Art
Southeastern Center for Contemporary Arts
Winston-Salem Neighborhood Associations
Want to get involved in your Winston Salem community? Join a neighborhood association! There are several neighborhood associations in Winston Salem, one of which may serve your community. If not, perhaps you’ll consider starting an association for your neighborhood. What purpose does a neighborhood association serve?
- neighborhood crime watch and alerts
- zoning issues
- beautification & enhancement initiatives
- community fundraisers
- and much more.
Ardmore Neighborhood Association
Historic West End Neighborhood
West Salem Neighborhood Association
City of Winston-Salem Neighborhood Association List
Helpful web pages for homeowners/renters courtesy of the City of Winston-Salem
Yadkin Valley Vineyards
Just minutes from Winston-Salem, in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, lies the fertile Yadkin Valley. Dotted with lush farmland and fields, the area offers tours of it’s vineyards and wineries, surrounding scenic views as well as wine tasting events and historic attractions. Browse through the following links to start your quest for adventure in the Yadkin Valley.
North Carolina Wine Industry
Local Farmers’ Markets
City Beverage Farmers Market – Saturday’s 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Cobblestone Farmers Market (formerly Krankies Farmers Market) Tuesday’s April to November 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Dixie Classic Farmers Market – Saturdays 6 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Kernersville Farmers Market – Wednesday and Saturday; May through October 7 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Let It Grow Produce – Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Piedmont Triad Farmers Market – Monday through Sunday 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Reynolda Village Farmers Market – Friday’s April to October 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Old Salem Cobblestone Farmers Market
Winston-Salem Schools, Colleges, Universities
Moving to Winston Salem or are you new to the area? Browse through our list of links below to visit the web pages of schools, colleges and universities within Winston Salem and Forsyth County, North Carolina.
Wake Forest University was founded in 1834 as Wake Forest College. Although the college had it’s beginnings in Wake Forest, NC by the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina, it was moved to Winston-Salem in 1956 to a 320 acre campus site generously provided by Charles H. and Mary Reynolds Babcock. The name was changed in 1967 to Wake Forest University. It’s motto is, as it has been throughout it’s history, Pro Humanitate.
Helpful Links – Winston Salem Schools, Colleges & Universities Winston-Salem – Forsyth County Public Schools – Dudley Cosmetology University – Forsyth Technical Community College – University of North Carolina School of the Arts – Piedmont International University – Piedmont Baptist College – Salem College – Wake Forest University – Wake Forest University School of Medicine – Winston Salem State University
Triad Newspapers and Magazines
What’s happening in Winston-Salem? If you want to know, need to know or are just plain interested in what’s going on in the Winston-Salem area, check out these online publications for up-to-the-minute details: Winston-Salem entertainment, Triad business news, obituaries to sporting events, parenting, women’s issues and hispanic culture – Hey, we’ve listed them out for you so you don’t have to search!
Triad Business Journal
Go Triad Craigslist (Winston-Salem)
Que Pasa Carolina
Winston-Salem Monthly Magazine
Forsyth Family Magazine
Forsyth Woman Engaged
Forsyth Woman Magazine
Piedmont Parent Magazine
Natural Triad Magazine
Downtown Winston-Salem Partnership
Winston-Salem Music In the Streets
Each year from May to September, you can party outdoors every weekend free of charge with the Downtown Winston-Salem Summer Music Series.
Regardless of your preferred genre, whether it’s country, R&B, jazz, classic rock or the Beatles, there’s a new band, great food, ice cold drinks and friends to help you celebrate the weekend. Come join the fun with Alive After Five, Downtown Jazz and Summer On Trade.
Come try our Lexington style barbeque or enjoy Merle Fest, the National Black Theatre Festival or the North Carolina Shakespeare Festival in Winston-Salem and nearby venues. Using the links below, you can locate schedules of events with which to mark your calendar. Ready? Set? Get festive in Winston Salem! Winter, spring, summer and fall, Winston Salem festivals will enliven your spirit and cure the blues.
Eastern Music Festival
Lexington Barbecue Festival
National Black Theatre Festival
North Carolina Festivals (Year Round)
North Carolina Shakespeare Festival
RiverRun International Film Festival
Fiesta! Hispanic Street Festival
Twin City RibFest
NC Wine Festival
Winston-Salem Air Show
You’ve seen the sites and experienced the night life and festivals in Winston-Salem and surrounding areas. Now you want to get away from town for a few hours and stretch your city legs. If a Saturday jaunt or a weekend excursion is what you have in mind, browse through the links below for fabulous near-by tourist spots.
Asheville, NC: under 2.5 hours from Winston Salem. Visit the Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa, Mast General Store, and nearby Cherokee.
Biltmore Estates: Asheville, NC; Magnificent home of George & Edith Vanderbilt modeled after four French chateaux.
Blue Ridge Parkway: Traverses the western part of NC from the Virginia border at Fancy Gap to Great Smokey Mountains National Park along the Tennessee border near Cherokee, NC.
Boone: under 2 hours from Winston-Salem. Named for pioneer Daniel Boone. Home of Appalachian State University. Near Grandfather Mountain.
Mast Farm Inn: Valle Crucis, NC; about 2 hours from Winston-Salem. World renowned Bed and Breakfast, Country Inn, Restaurant And School Of Cooking nestled in the Highlands of NC.
Pinehurst: under 2 hours from Winston-Salem; Luxury golf resorts and spa facilities.
Tryon Palace: New Bern, NC; under 4.5 hours from Winston-Salem. The first permanent capitol of the colony of North Carolina and home of Governor William Tryon.
Young Professional Interest
Winston Under 40 (Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals)