Reynolda House Museum of American Art
2250 Reynolda Rd., Winston-Salem
HOURS: Tues.–Sat. 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m., Sun. 1:30–4:30 p.m.
COST: $10 adults, $9 seniors (60+) and teachers with ID,
free children 18 and under
Reynolda House is the restored mansion of tobacco baron R. J. Reynolds. Built in 1917, the home is part of an estate that spans more than 1,000 acres. The home was turned into a museum in 1967 and houses an impressive collection of period furnishings, original artwork, and accessories that belonged to the Reynolds family.
The home also acts as an art museum, featuring the works of renowned American artists like Georgia O’Keeffe, Frederic Church, Thomas Eakins, Jacob Lawrence, and Albert Bierstadt. The collection of paintings and sculptures spans three centuries and highlights the best in American art.
An orientation video and audio tours provide information about the Reynolds family and the home. The estate still has 28 of the original 30 buildings, which can be explored on a self-guided tour. The grounds include formal gardens, greenhouses, and a 16-acre lake as well as several shops and restaurants.
The home is located next to Wake Forest University and the properties are connected via picturesque walking trails.
© Jodi Helmer from Moon Charlotte, 1st Edition