Celebrating the Centennial of Winston-Salem

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Celebrating the Centennial of Winston-Salem

To celebrate the merger of the towns Winston and Salem in 1913, we take a look at what was happening in the lives of the Reynolds family and the construction of their country estate at that time.



  • Winston and Salem are consolidated.  

  • R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company begins producing Camel cigarettes.  

  • Hanes underwear hits the market when P.H. Hanes Knitting Co. makes underwear under its own label for the first time.  

  • Winston-Salem has population of 25,000, of which 6,100 work for R.J. Reynolds Company.


January 1, 1913

Bill from Reynolds Farms dairy shows that Katharine Smith Reynolds purchased ribs, hens, guineas, milk, turkey


January 2, 1913

Correspondence from Katharine Smith Reynolds to Louis Miller, of Buckenham & Miller who laid out the plans for the formal gardens.

We are ready to put in the planting along the fence and around the gate at the farm…I had an idea that [the plants] might be well placed if along the side of the hill on the other side of the highway, opposite greenhouses, gardener’s cottage and present farm buildings.  The property on this side, as you, perhaps, remember, slopes down the road to a little brook, with the hill rising beyond.  My idea was to run a road along the side of this hill beyond this brook; leaving space in between for a small natural park.  The houses then would be easily accessible to our water plan and sewerage system."


January 5, 1913

“In October, 1912, a social meeting of class No. 4 of First  Presbyterian Church here was held at the home of Mr. & Mrs. Robert Critz.  Mrs. Critz was R. J. Reynolds’ sister.  Mrs. Reynolds, who was president of the class of about 30 members suggested that they organize and teach a mission  Sunday school at Wachovia schoolhouse with the ultimate goal of organizing a new church.  The schoolhouse stood at the present intersection of Arbor and  Reynolda Roads.  Mrs. Reynolds said she would send the teachers out each Sunday in her car.  The first session was held on Jan. 5, 1913 with 63 present.  J. S. Kuykendall, who had been teacher of class No. 4 was superintendent.  Mrs. Reynolds taught for five years.”  

[Sentinel, Jan. 17, 1963, “Do You Remember…”, by Bill East from NC room vertical files.]


January 8, 1913

Correspondence from Rev. Anderson to Katharine Smith Reynolds:

“I want to tell you also how much I appreciate the service you are rendering in such a quiet, unassuming  way to the sick and the poor.  Its influence is far wider than I believe even you can realize.”


Correspondence from Katharine Smith Reynolds to Sister Senah:

“…am preparing to give Irene and Ruth Critz their  coming out party in a few weeks.”


January 9, 1913   

Louis Miller to Katharine Smith Reynolds:

“In the planting list as it stands I have used quite a lot of the common cedars and also a number of the common flowering dogwoods…”  “I am going to try and be in Winston-Salem on Tuesday or Wed. of next week when I shall be pleased to call on you and go over the Farm with you.


January 13, 1913

Katharine Smith Reynolds describes supervising the placement of the farm buildings.


January 17, 1913

Receipt from Willard C. Northup, Architect for $100.00 for “plans, specifications, and supervision Gardeners cottage on account.”


Jan. 31, 1913

Correspondence from Charles Barton Keen to Katharine Smith Reynolds:

“I have just heard from the party whom I asked to check up my figures as to the amount of brick required for the Farm Building, and he confirms my figures that it will take about 150,000 brick for this work.”


Feb. 28, 1913

Katharine Smith Reynolds check in to Marlborough-Bleinheim Hotel, Atlantic City

Katharine Smith Reynolds to her parents on a Marlborough-Blenheim, Atlantic City, NJ Post Card:

"We are at the hotel now with all the children.  Mr. Reynolds has just left for New York. We will be here about two weeks. The children are all well and I am feeling fine now.  They all send much love.  Do write .  Affectionately, Katharine”


March 4, 1913        

Correspondence from R.J. Reynolds to Katharine Smith Reynolds:

“Considerable work done on your farm.”


June 13, 1913         

Katharine Smith Reynolds mailed plans for the barn and house to Irene Smith for her to study and make suggestions.

Smith has whooping cough.


July 18, 1913         

Correspondence from Louis Miller to Katharine Smith Reynolds:

“am sending you today under separate cover three prints of a general plan of your Winston estate, as nearly up to date as the plans you have recently accepted will show.”


August 13, 1913         

Katharine Smith Reynolds & R.J. Reynolds listed as staying at the Grove Park Inn in Asheville for the Horse Show.

[New York Herald]


September 22, 1913

Katharine works with RJR on label for Camels cigarettes.

Katharine becomes member of Clarence Poe’s North Carolina Conference for Social Service.


October 19, 1913          

Camel cigarettes first manufactured.


October 31, 1913          

Correspondence from Wiley Wilson Consulting Engineers to Charles Barton Keen:

“designing and superintending the installation of the cold storage room [dairy barn] outside, electrical wiring, etc."


December 18, 1913      

Correspondence from Katharine Smith Reynolds to Anna Cassler of the YWCA:

“I have been quite ill for the past several weeks but am feeling pretty good now.  Am leaving for Atlantic City the latter part of the week for a two week sojourn.”


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