A day at Reynolda includes exploring the historic house, discovering the Museum’s renowned American art collection, viewing featured exhibitions, strolling Reynolda Gardens, and shopping and dining in Reynolda Village. The Wake Forest University campus, adjacent to Reynolda, is accessible by walking trail or by car.
The Reynolda Historic District was part of the country estate developed from 1912 – 1917 by Richard Joshua Reynolds and his wife, Katharine Smith Reynolds. The estate was a farm community with a 30,000 square foot bungalow at its center designed by architect Charles Barton Keen. Reynolda’s formal and informal gardens were designed by landscape architect Thomas W. Sears, and provided relaxation, food, and horticultural education.
Today, the district serves as an educational, cultural, and community complex for the Wake Forest University and larger Winston-Salem community, which is in keeping with the Reynolds’s original plan. Buildings that once served as dairy barns, cattle sheds or blacksmith shops now house stores, restaurants, and offices.
The Reynolda Historic District was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.