Meet the People of Reynolda: Katharine Smith Reynolds

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Meet the People of Reynolda: Katharine Smith Reynolds

By: Alexis Slater, WFU '16 
This is the second in a series of blog posts to highlight fast facts about the people of Reynolda through the unique lens of our Wake Forest University student intern. For more information, visit the timeline of Reynolda.

Katharine Smith Reynolds Johnston

Katharine Reynolds, c. 1915

Birthday: November 17, 1880
Education: State Normal and Industrial College (later UNC-G), Sullins College
Hobbies: reading, music, parties/entertaining, travelling, civic duties (especially concerning education, the church, and women’s causes)
Fun FactsKatharine worked with landscape designers and architects to manage the planning of the Reynolda estate and her new country home, which she called the “Bungalow.” She also oversaw all operations of the Reynolda farm and installed scientifically progressive practices. In December 2015, Kimpton Hotels announced that the restaurant in its new downtown Winston-Salem hotel, The Cardinal (located in the former R.J. Reynolds Building), would be named The Katharine Brasserie & Bar in memory of Katharine Smith Reynolds. 


Katharine, Dick (R.J., Jr.), Mary, Nancy, Smith, and R.J., c. 1915

R.J. Reynolds

Katharine married her second cousin, Richard J. Reynolds, who was 30 years her senior, on February 27, 1905 at her parents' home in Mt. Airy. They left early in the morning after an 8 a.m. ceremony for a four-month honeymoon in Europe. R.J. Reynolds died in July 1918.

Katharine c. 1921

J. Edward Johnston

Katharine married J. Edward Johnston, the former superintendent of Reynolda school, in a secretive ceremony on June 11, 1921, that featured a weekend’s worth of festivities, including a concert for more than 500 guests. The ceremony was in the reception hall of Reynolda in front of the center fireplace. Katharine and Edward also travelled throughout Europe for their multi-month honeymoon.

Children: Dick Reynolds, Mary Reynolds Babcock, Nancy Reynolds Bagley, Zachary Smith Reynolds, J. Edward Johnston Jr.

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