This past weekend we had time to spare and decided to explore the Reynolda House, which is the Museum of America Art located in Winston-Salem, NC. The Reynolda House was part of 27 land acquisition that the wife of Richard Joshua (R.J.) Reynolds, Katharine Reynolda began purchasing in 1906. This made up what was known as the Reynolda Estate at this time. This house museum contains over 300 years of art by American artists. The home was completed in 1917 and located about 30-minutes from the Piedmont Triad International Airport in Greensboro.
If you aren’t familiar with the Reynolds family, think tobacco as R.J. was the founder of one of the largest tobacco companies in what was known as Winston, North Carolina back in 1875. The company continues today in the same area, but the house has now transitioned into a museum that is worth exploring.
Inside Reynolda House
As you walk through this historical home, you might miss the stairs to the basement which contains several rooms with recreational activities in minding including a indoor shooting range, bowling alley, 1920’s style bar area, and the gorgeous pool. Don’t miss these as you explore
Planning Your Visit
If you are short on time, consider making a beeline to the orientation gallery located just past the museum gift shop. There you can watch the 8-minute video to gain an overview of Reynolds’s past and present. The Reception Hall should be next on your list, which is the main room of the Reception Hall. Continue exploring the rooms at your own pace, but same time for the Babcock Wing. This is where you will find collection of American Art.
Getting to Reynolda
Reynolda house is located in the Reynolda Historic District of Winston-Salem near the campus of Wake Forest University. The address is: