Reynolda's Landscape Restoration Project

  • Curate Reynolda Blog

    Curate Reynolda

Why CurateReynolda? Our staff carefully sort and select (“curate”) content daily to find the most interesting stories to share on our CurateReynolda blog. Follow for behind-the-scenes peeks, insider perspectives, and curious observations from the staff of the Museum.

Reynolda's Landscape Restoration Project

Reynolda's Landscape Restoration Project:  What is it exactly?

By: Rebecca Eddins, Internal Operations Head & Project Manager | @CurateReynolda

The beauty of Reynolda's landscape is enjoyed by thousands of visitors each year. While inside the Museum we welcome around 40,000 visitors a year, at least double that amount visit Reynolda outdoors. Many are local residents of Winston-Salem, some are from the Piedmont Triad and western North Carolina, while others visit from other states and even other countries. Care of this natural resource is as important as the stewardship of the other parts of our collection.

Reynolda's landscape, November 2015

A few years ago, the Museum embarked on an important joint effort with Wake Forest University to contract a cultural landscape report (CLR for short) of more than 100 acres within the historic Reynolda property. This was a major effort for all involved taking over a year to complete. The finished product was a history of how Reynolda's landscape has changed over time, an assessment of its present condition, and a recommendation of how we can best preserve this vital resource for our community. 

Using the CLR as our guide, the Museum decided to take several of the recommendations put forth and create a project - the Landscape Restoration Project - that would be completed in time for our centennial celebration year in 2017.  The project has multiple goals and many areas of work, but it can be broken down into three main elements: 1) the partial restoration of the front and back vistas, 2) pathway connectors to the formal garden and village, and 3) partial restoration of original planting plans around the bungalow. 

We'll use our blog to share updates on the main construction phase of the project (December 1, 2015-late spring 2016). Over the next five months as we all see the landscape of Reynolda changing with the seasons, we will address numerous aspects of the work being done and share photos on social media using #reynoldalandscape

Reynolda vista from the south lawn, considered the front of the Museum, October 2015

What work will take place in December? 
In the month of December soil testing will be conducted in several planting beds.  Temporary fencing will be placed around all work areas, concentrated closer to the historic house.   Work will begin on the flagstone pathways in the front of the Museum, have been deteriorating  - especially during the last few harsh winters in our area.  The Museum will have signage on the grounds that identify the project and help visitors find their way.    

Questions about the project? Email us at 

Reynolda House is grateful to the Reynolds American Foundation for its support of the centennial campaign, Reynolda at 100, and for making the landscape restoration project possible.

Add new comment