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Winston Salem was claimed by a man on a mission. Sent by the Moravian Church, a bishop finally settled on the land after searching for quite some time around North Carolina. He claimed it at the time however, "der Wauchau". With that, people from the north began the journey to their new home. The Moravian Church was a Protestant one and the people, as the name suggests were German speakers.
The Moravians that came settled in what is known as Bethabara (on the outskirts of current day Winston-Salem), had a hard work ethic. Shortly after they settled Bethania and Salem, nearby. Salem was the largest of all of the settlements. The Moravians built up the towns with churches, gardens and an overall real community. Nearby Salem another town was being founded, Winston, in 1849. The name honored a veteran from the Revolutionary War. Winston prospered from the nearby city's hard work and energy. The two worked well together and thus voted to combine in 1913, creating Winston Salem. The Old Salem, quite literally, still stands proud however, and is a major attraction being one of the best preserved colonial settlements America has. It is now a National Historic Landmark.
The merged cities did well in industries such as textiles and tobacco. Today tourists enjoy visiting the city for it's history and attractions. The city had several communities listed on the National Historic Register and is a showcase of architectural styles. Stop by and see the precursor to the Empire State building in the R. J. Reynolds building in downtown Winston. Browse the antique shops and Arts District. Sit a spell and enjoy some southern cuisine in this hidden jewel of the South!