Meet the People of Reynolda: Mary Reynolds Babcock

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Meet the People of Reynolda: Mary Reynolds Babcock

By: Alexis Slater, WFU '16 
This is the first in a series of blog posts to highlight fast facts about the people of Reynolda.

Mary Reynolds Babcock

Birthday: August 8, 1908 (d. July 17, 1953)
Education:  Reynolda School, Miss Mason’s School (New York), Miss Wright’s School (Bryn Mawr, PA), Columbia, Student Art League
Childhood Hobbiescanoeing, swimming, summer camp (Camp Tegawitha in Pocono, PA)
Adult Hobbies: traveling, entertaining, reading, decorating, flower arranging, painting

Babcock Family

Spouse: Charles Babcock

Mary married Charles Babcock in the evening of December 16, 1929 at Reynolda.  Dr. Clay Lily, pastor of Reynolda Presbyterian church officiated. "The bride... wore a handsome gown of white velvet with veils extending the length of her gown caught with a diamond tiara. She carried a sheaf bouquet of calla lily and ferns."  (Winston-Salem Journal, 1929).

Children: Mary Katharine Babcock Mountcastle, Charles Babcock Jr, Barbara Frances Babcock Millhouse, and Betsy Main Babcock

Fun Fact:  Mary and Charlie bought Reynolda House in 1935 from the other sibling-heirs and re-furbished it, adding to the basement various amusements and opportunities for entertainment including an art deco bar, shooting gallery, bowling alley, indoor pool, squash court and wine vault. In 1946, the family proposed the donation of 330 acres of their land to Wake Forest College, then in Wake Forest, North Carolina. Construction began in 1951 with a groundbreaking ceremony by President Harry Truman, who took a nap on the couch in R.J.’s study. 


Back in the 80's I worked at the Hyatt Hotel and one of the family members, I believe Betsy, lived in one of the rooms with all her beautiful antiques.   

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