This weekend is your chance to find some BIG BOOK Bargains. The NC Room along with all the departments of the Central Library are grateful to our Friends. They do a lot to enhance the quality of our services and collections.

Friends of the Central Library Book Sale
(590 North Marshall Street, Winston-Salem, Free parking: Spruce Street near 6th Street)
Friday, November 6th, 3 pm to 7 pm
Saturday, November 7th, 9 am to 5 pm
Sunday, November 8th, 1 pm to 5 pm
Sunday is half-price or $5 per bag (excluding special sale items and electronic media)

Here’s a taste of their mission from their website:

Friends of the Central Library

The Friends of the Central Library seek to support and improve the resources and services of the Central Library of the Forsyth County Public Library. Friends of the Central Library is a non-profit 501 (c)3 corporation. The Friends of the Central Library, established in 2006, currently has more than 100 members. The Friends support the Central Library through:

  • Financial support gained through membership and general fund raising
  • Member volunteers who wish to contribute their time, energy and ideas in assisting the Library with projects and programs
  • Community advocacy achieved through activities that emphasize the importance of the resources provided by the public library

Free Introduction to Genealogy class with North Carolina Room staff. Learn the basics of genealogy research. Get tips on how to organize your materials. Find ways to search the Library genealogy databases including Ancestry and the newly updated Heritage Quest. Free Genealogy Starter Kits will be available for all participants. Everyone invited!

Signup by calling 336-703-2990 or via email walkertownlibrary@gmail.com

Monday, November 16th, 6 pm

Walkertown Branch Library

2969 Main St. Walkertown, NC 27051

Call (336) 703-2990 for more information.

Click here for driving directions.


Congratulations to the North Carolina Room’s own Molly Grogan Rawls for receiving this year’s Archie K.Davis Award from the Wachovia Historical Society. Molly is the library’s photograph librarian and author of several books on local history told largely through historic images. For more information on the award and a list of previous recipients go here. As their website states:

The Archie K. Davis Award, named for the late banker, businessman and scholar, is awarded by the Wachovia Historical Society to honor an individual who has made significant contributions to regional and cultural history.

Thank You Molly!

Molly Award

The Forsyth County Genealogical Society will meet Tuesday, November 3, 2015, in the auditorium of the Reynolda Manor Branch of the Forsyth County Public Library,2839 Fairlawn Drive in Winston-Salem. We will begin with a social at 6:30 pm, followed by the program at 7:00 pm. The meeting is open to the pubic and free.
Our speaker for the evening will be Chris Jordon, Education Director of the New Winston Museum, who will introduce a new exhibit, “Planes, Trains, & Automobiles: Winston Salem’s Wheels of Change” on display November 2015 through May 2016.
For Winston-Salem, a town with an identity inextricably tied to agricultural industry, the history of the advance of transportation from the wagon to the airplane follows closely the story of our city’s founding and development. Hear how the museum’s new exhibit, sponsored by the Piedmont Aviation Historical Society, examines those intertwined fates
Don’t miss Ancestry Day in Raleigh, North Carolina on November 6, 2015.
Join experts from Ancestry, the State Archives, Friends of the Archives, the North Carolina Genealogical Society and the State Library of North Carolina for this great event. Registration for Saturday’s presentations is $38. AncestryDNA kits will be available at a discounted rate of $89 while supply lasts.
Saturday, November 7, will feature a full day of classes including:
Ancestry 101: New & Review
Getting the Most from Ancestry.com
Using AncestryDNA to Further Your Family History Research
Partnering with the State Archives of North Carolina
Ask the Experts
Sharing Your Family Story
Door prizes on Saturday include free memberships to Ancestry.com, Fold3.com, andNewspapers.com, as well as many other items.
Register now

Join us for a free genealogy program with North Carolina Room staff. We will cover record types beyond vital records, techniques for breaking down “brick walls” and tips for searching hard to find records.

Tuesday, September 15th @ 10:30 am
Kernersville Branch Library
Paddison Room
130 E. Mountain Street
Kernersville, NC 27284

Intermediate Genealogy KV


When Forsyth County was created in 1849, only one person that we know of, lawyer Thomas J. Wilson, was living within the original boundaries of the town that would become known as Winston. One of the first to move there from elsewhere was Peter A. Wilson, a merchant tailor, who had been doing business in Germanton. Peter would become one of the legendary founders of the town, so much so that when he died in 1892, the newspapers uncharacteristically played the story big.


Click pics for full size

Wilson was the second mayor of the town of Winston, serving from 1860-61 and a later term from 1882-83. He also served nine terms as a town commissioner, and one term each as a state representative from Forsyth and a state senator from Forsyth/Stokes Counties. In 1870, he and Hamilton Scales founded a small plug tobacco manufacturing operation, the first in the town of Winston. And, of course, his Wilson Hotel and “place of entertainment” became the best known establishment in the city.


Fourth & Liberty Streets, mid-1890s…Peter Wilson retired for health reasons in the late 1880s and his establishment at Liberty & Third was used in many ways afterward…in 1893, local newspapers reported that his old complex had been burned to the ground, which was not necessarily true…the owners were able to rebuild within the original brick central section…at the time of this photo, the buildings were being used once again as a tailor shop and residence, with the former hotel portion fronting on Liberty Street as the largest beer saloon in town…

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