Winston-Salem’s History of Craftsmanship

By: The Local Palate

Known for its history in tobacco and textiles, Winston-Salem has served as a home to makers and artisans since its founding in 1753. Light up your holiday season with nostalgia, Moravian cooking, and candlelit tours on a getaway to Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Cobblestone sidewalks give way to eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Moravian traditions at the Old Salem Museums & Gardens; at the historic-home-turned-hotel Graylyn Estate, seven Christmas trees throughout the property reflect the sprawling home’s history; and the Reynolda House Museum of American Art is decked out in Roaring ’20s-themed holiday décor. To take in the Christmas glow, tour the extravagant Victorian mansion of Körner’s Folly and take a horse-drawn carriage ride under a million twinkling lights at Tanglewood Park’s Festival of Lights.

Kickstart your holiday shopping at a festive Winston-Salem tradition: the 56th Annual Piedmont Craftsmen’s Fair, which takes place November 23 and 24. The fair is filled with row upon row of unique home goods, jewelry, ceramics, glass, wearables, furniture, and decor handcrafted by more than one hundred artists from across the Southeast. View live demonstrations of various craft techniques, mix and mingle with talented makers, and browse displays of quality craftmanship and fine design. The event takes place in the Benton Convention Center, conveniently located in the heart of downtown Winston-Salem and surrounded by dozens of restaurants and shops.

Can’t make it for the fair weekend? Browse the handwork of local craftsmen anytime in the Downtown Arts District. Eclectic made-in-Winston-Salem goods can be found at Camel City GoodsDesign ArchivesSunnyside MercantileTwin City Hive, and Winston Junction Market. Or, take a more DIY approach to holiday gifting. AR Workshop Winston-SalemMIXXERThe OlioSawtooth School for Visual Art, and Kaleideum offer holiday crafting workshops, make-and-take art classes, and more.

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