Forsyth County

The Forsyth County Genealogical Society will meet on Tuesday evening, June 7, 2016, in the auditorium of the Reynolda Manor Public Library, located at 2839 Fairlawn Drive, Winston-Salem, NC. Our social period begins at 6:30 PM, and the meeting will begin at 7:00 PM.

Molly Grogan Rawls, the photograph collection librarian at the Forsyth County Public Library, will present her newest Images of America book, Winston-Salem’s Historic Salem Cemetery.” Salem Cemetery is the privately owned cemetery adjacent to the Salem “God’s Acre,” and since its 1857 incorporation it has become the final resting place for many of the builders and shapers of Winston-Salem. The book not only gives the history of the cemetery but also summarizes the lives and contributions of many of the industrial pioneers, mayors, philanthropists, educators, and other leaders buried there. Readers will find themselves exclaiming, “Oh that’s who that was” or “That’s who did that” as they read the informative captions for the photographs selected from the public library’s photo archives and other sources.

Winston-Salem's Historic Salem Cemetery

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Benjamin Forsyth historical marker on from the  December 24th blog post “Forsyth’s Saga-The Life and Legacy of Benjamin Forsyth”

Attorney Jerry Rutledge will make a presentation “Benjamin Forsyth: Who was he? Why does it matter?” on Lt. Col. Benjamin Forsyth. Learn about the early years of Benjamin Forsyth, including his connections in Stokes and Forsyth Counties; the extensive military record of Benjamin Forsyth; and his death and burial in upstate New York.

Jerry Ruthledge grew up in Germanton and attended Stokes County Schools. He graduated from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill in 1966 with a BA in History. He graduated from Law School in Chapel Hill in 1969 and then served four years in the Marine Corps as a JAG officer. After working with the North Carolina Attorney General’s office in Raleigh and serving as an Assistant District Attorney in Stokes and three adjoining counties, Jerry opened his law office in Walnut Cove in 1978. Jerry’s interest in local history has led him to make three trips to upstate New York to visit Champlain, the burial place of Benjamin Forsyth.

Sponsored by the Walkertown Area Historical Society.

Free lecture. No reservations required.

Tuesday, January 19 at 6:30 pm
Walkertown Branch Library

2969 Main St. Walkertown, NC 27051

Call (336) 703-2990 for more information.
Click here for driving directions.




Interior of Walkertown Branch Library.

If you’re interested in local history, check out the the Walkertown Branch of the Forsyth County Public Library. Staff at the branch have partnered with the Walkertown Area Historical Society to create a Walkertown History Wall of people and places of Walkertown. The photographs are mounted on the wall in the reading area. The collection replaces the Community Quilt that has hung there since the branch opened in 1992. The photographs were chosen from a large group of 500 images from the archives of the historical society.

Daniel Baird hangs canvas photographs.

Daniel Baird hangs canvas photographs.

Read the Winston-Salem Journal article and watch the video published on January 2nd to learn more about the photograph wall project and information about the Library.

December 2015. The project is completed. Mike Morris (left to right), Daniel Baird, Natalia Tuchina and Wallace Baird.

December 2015. The project is completed. Mike Morris (left to right), Daniel Baird, Natalia Tuchina and Wallace Baird.