I was very fortunate to be part of a day long “field trip” to Winston-Salem, N.C. to the
First, there is the exhibit.
“The Artist’s Garden: American Impressionism and the Garden Movement
Here is the website page for the exhibit:
It. Is. Fabulous.
It is a must-see if you are anywhere near…or make a trip of it. Many of the paintings are from private collections so are rarely seen. The exhibit was organized by the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and includes some paintings from their collection also. (Aside: can’t believe I actually took some painting courses there many years ago!)
The direct link to the exhibit.
Second: the house and grounds.
The house is a “bungalow” style, typical of the South and here in North Carolina…although this, with twelve bedrooms is hardly a modest bungalow. It was designed and built by RJ Reynolds and his wife Katherine and completed in 1917. You can read about and explore the fascinating history of this house, the farm and the family on the website. I love love love historical houses! I am sure it was my Mother who instilled in me this fascination with historical families and places; I thank her for that!
Third, there is the village.
The house was part of a much larger endeavor which included a state-of-the-art farm and an extensive village. That village is now a lovely collection of restaurants and shops.
Here is the direct link to the village
Remember, the exhibit is only there until January 3, 2016. It then travels out West, so don’t miss it!
Here is the link to overnight packages.
I hope you have enjoyed this tour, whether or not you are local. Let us know if you have been and what you think…