4 Historic Sites to See How People Once Lived in Winston-Salem

One of the most fascinating things about Winston-Salem and the surrounding area is its vibrant history. Whether you are an avid history buff or just someone who enjoys learning more about the history of the area you live in, there are numerous historical places in the Winston-Salem area where you can learn and enjoy its history. Whether you live in Winston-Salem or find yourself in the area, check out one of the most popular historic sites listed below.

F.C. Woolworth Building

See one of the iconic places where the non-violent student activism of the Civil Rights Movement got its start. The F.C. Woolworth Building is the home of the infamous first lunch-counter sit-in that propelled the civil rights movement to new heights. In this site, students sat at the segregated lunch counter and calmly and coolly took an onslaught of verbal and physical abuse, holding strong until their point was made. This event became one of the models used for non-violent protests across the South that eventually turn the tides on segregation. The site is also expected to be soon expanded to include a National Civil Rights Center & Museum.

Old Salem

One of the oldest and most iconic places in the city of Winston-Salem is the Old Salem area. The area was once a notable spot for African Americans, and many of their historic residences still stand, including those of members and workers of the Moravian congregation. Other popular sites located in this area include Miksh House, Single Brothers House, Salem Tavern, and Davy House. Old Salem is also the site for many notable integrated facilities, including God’s Acre Cemetery, which was constructed in the 1770s and is the resting place of both European and African Moravians buried side by side.


One of the oldest villages in the area, Bethania, was first created in 1759 to deal with the crowded conditions that occurred due to an influx of refugees into the area. Some refugees had spent more than 13 years in the wilderness scraping by before two communities were created to provide homes for 166 people. Many of the historic buildings still stand, and tours of the area can help you learn more about the slavery area of the South and the treatment of people from other cultures during the beginning of the country’s formation.

African Moravian Church

The oldest African American Moravian church in the country has stood the test of time and stands as one of the most historical places in the Winston-Salem area. The church started as a simple log cabin, constructed in the Old Salem area in 1823. The establishment of the church occurred due to the exclusion of the African American Moravian congregation from worship services in the European Moravian congregation. The church also served as a hospital from Freemen in the years following the Civil War when medical care was more difficult for African Americans to seek out. After this period, it has been reconstructed to the original church and is now a historic site in the area.

Find out more about how the Winston-Salem area played an important roll in U.S. history by checking out one or all of the historic area sites listed above.

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