Ever wanted to learn more about the land and streets of Forsyth County and the state? Check out some of these resources!

See the image at the top of our blog homepage? It’s a digitized 1891 map of Winston-Salem from the Library of Congress. We also have a copy of it here in the North Carolina Room. If you go to, you can search for much more!

Check out digitized maps of Winston-Salem through the North Carolina Maps project from UNC-Chapel Hill and the North Carolina State Archives. You can also go straight to and search hundreds of other maps of North Carolina.

Check out our Online Resources page at the FCPL website and click the link to North Carolina Sanborn Maps. Sanborn Maps were used to assess fire insurance liability in cities, including Winston-Salem, and are incredibly useful today in research of genealogy, urban geography, and history (Wikipedia article).

Interested in getting a duplicate of a local map? Contact the Tax Administration Department of Forsyth County.

We have maps of Forsyth County, North Carolina, and other states documenting land ownership, early neighborhood planning, streets and roads, as well as local Sanborn Maps. In addition, we have aerial photographs of Winston-Salem dating from the 1940s-1970s.  The North Carolina Room does not permit photocopying of original maps but we welcome researchers interested in seeing “the real thing”!