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Winston-Salem is the fourth largest city in North Carolina. It is also the county seat and largest city in Forsyth County. The city covers 132.4 sq mi (176.6 sq km) and has a population of 230,000 people (2011 estimate).

Bethabara Historic Park, Winston Salem, North CarolinaBethabara Historic Park, Winston Salem, North Carolina
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Winston-Salem is located in the northwest piedmont area of North Carolina. It comprises two towns which merged in 1913. The town of Salem was established in 1753 while the town of Winston in 1849. Both towns were closely related to the tobacco industry.

The chief player in the industry is the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, established by Richard Joshua Reynolds in 1874. The company created Camel cigarettes in 1913 and brought out other popular cigarette brands including Salem and Winston.

Visiting Winston-Salem

Winston-Salem is served by Interstate 40 which runs east-west, connecting it with Greensboro. Also passing through the Winston-Salem area is Interstate 40 and US Highway 53.

Places of Interest in Winston-Salem

  1. Diggs Museum
    Museum displaying one of the biggest collection of art of African and African dissporas.

  2. Historic Bethabara Park
    The founding site of Forsyth County, settled by Moravians in 1753.

  3. Old Salem Museums and Gardens
    Comprising four museum, the district includes the Historic Town of Salem, the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts, the Old Salem Children's Museum and the Old Salem Toy Museum.

  4. Wake Forest University Museum of Anthropology
    Museum dedicated to the studyt of global cultures.

  5. West End Historic District
    A dining, shopping and entertainment precinct of Winston-Salem.

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