This Week, Winston-Salem Shows Off Its American Pride!
Last night, we joined Eric Dowdle as he explored the small-town historic gem of Winston-Salem, North Carolina in Painting the Town with Eric Dowdle!
Before visiting the quaint Old Salem, Eric had no idea that he would unearth a history of remarkable patriotism and keen resourcefulness. Now, after getting to know more about the Moravians—the early Protestant settlers of the town—Eric is itching to share their stories with all of you. So with his help, we have created a travel guide that will lead you to discover the hidden treasures of this all-American town!
Did you know that the very first official Fourth of July celebration occurred in Old Salem? If you're curious to learn more about the stories of America's past that lie beyond a history textbook, look no further than this travel guide to help you navigate the aged streets of Winston-Salem!
Famous Landmarks Worth Giving A Visit:
Emerald Hollow Mine (484 Emerald Hollow Mine Dr, Hiddenite, NC 28636) Become a bona fide prospector at the only emerald mine in the world where the public can participate in the process. You'll get the chance to discover over sixty different gems and minerals by sifting for them yourself!
Floyd's Barber Shop (129 N. Main St., Mount Airy, NC) Russel Hiatt, the founder of this old-fashioned barber shop, served as the inspiration for Floyd the Barber's character on The Andy Griffith Show. He may have even cut Andy's hair when he was a boy! Now, as Russel's son carries on the tradition, the shop still runs just like it did in the '40s.
Historic Bethabara Park (2147 Bethabara Rd, Winston-Salem, NC 27106) Go back to where it all began in one of Old Salem's original trade villages. Settled in an expansive wildlife preserve, this site is home to one of North America's oldest standing churches as well as its own medicinal garden.
Mrs. Hanes' Moravian Cookies (4643 Friedberg Church Rd, Clemmons, NC 27012) Mrs. Hanes' continues to delight its customers with delicious Moravian cookies, hand-rolled and cut, made from a generations-old family recipe. Their congenial service and attention to detail won't disappoint!
Winston-Salem Visitor's Center (200 Brookstown Ave, Winston-Salem, NC 27101) Learn more about how the merging of two towns created a haven for artists to make thousands of masterpieces. Winston-Salem has even become known as the City of the Arts and now offers various events and exhibits featuring the work of the town's talented artists.
Eric's Favorite Place to Eat:
Check out Eric's favorite food stop in Winston-Salem—a diner that flaunts traditional Southern cuisine in all its glory.
Mary's Gourmet Diner (723 N, Trade St NW, Winston-Salem, NC 27101) Is there anything more satisfying than a bowl of steaming hot grits with a buttery biscuit on the side? Mary's does it best, whipping up everything from your breakfast favorites to the finest sandwiches!
The "Winston-Salem" Painting
There's no doubting that Winston-Salem is full of rich history worth celebrating, and what better way for Eric to celebrate than create a painting of the town? Take a look at how Eric's sketches came together in a beautiful piece that showcases Winston-Salem's best.
And if you love this painting, don't forget to buy the puzzle!