Historic Images of Winston and Salem

A large audience enjoyed Forsyth County Public Library’s Fam Brownlee October 9th at the Central Library for his presentation of Civil War 150: The War as Seen from Home a discussion of life in Forsyth on the verge of the Civil War. You might also enjoy this selection of historic photographs of Winston and Salem taken on various dates in the mid-19th century.

These images are all curated on Digital Forsyth, the library’s joint venture with Old Salem Museum and Gardens and the libraries of Winston-Salem State University and Wake Forest University. Molly Rawls is the librarian for Digital Forsyth. Michelle Portman Walter, historic preservationist and board member of the Downtown Winston-Salem Partnership graciously chose and recommended the images to include in this gallery. Brief information about each image from Digital Forsyth appears following the slide show.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Belo House. War Time

This image depicts the 1849 Belo House with several unidentified individuals carefully arranged on the second-story porch, front porch, walk, street stairs, and Main Street in Salem. A wagon, horse, and driver are also seen on Main Street.

John Henry Leinbach House Stable and Grainery

John Henry Leinbach, a shoemaker, and his wife Elizabeth built their house on Main Street in Salem in 1822. Their son, Henry, was a prominent early photographer in Salem. In 1868 Henry built a daguerreotype gallery on the north end of the house, which was removed when the house was restored in 1962. This view of the backlot of the Lienbach House is attributed to Henry Leinbach.

O’Hanlon Corner

This is one of the earliest surviving photographs of the corner of Fourth and Liberty streets in Winston. The building on the left is the Winston Hotel, operated by Griffith and Moore. To the right of the hotel is T.S. Black’s bakery. Samuel Smith’s drugstore is to the right of the bakery. To the right of the drugstore is Howard’s grocery and confectionary. The building on the corner to the far right is the Winston post office.

Main and South Halls , Salem College and Academy

Salem Academy and College students can be seen standing around Main Hall and peering from its windows. Robert de Schweinitz, the seventh principal of the school, can be seen standing on the porch. Students can also be seen in front of South Hall.

Salem Mill built 1827. Burned.

This photograph shows Blum’s Mill (labeled on the photograph as “Salem Mill”). Blums Mill, was located at the Broad Street Bridge, southwest of Salem. The mill was erected by Christian Blum & Co., the company formed by Jacob and Christian Blum, John Vogler, and H.R. Herbst in 1819-1820.

Spach Wagon Works

Opened in 1854 by William E. Spach, the Spach Bros. Wagon Works was known for wagons of excellent quality and workmanship. William E. Spach’s son, J.C. Spach, took over the business from his father and successfully ran it for many years. The business was located in Waughtown, south of Salem. Several unidentified workers are pictured in this photograph, including one brave man standing on the roof of the building.

Vierling House and Barn

The Vierling House on Church Street in Salem seen from the west. Built in 1802 by Dr. Samuel Benjamin Vierling, the most renowned of Salem’s early physicians. The house was home to Dr. Vierling’s large family and thriving medical practice.

View of Salem from the Southwest

This photograph is inscribed, “South-west View of Salem, N.C. 1859 or 60.”


Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

Two Wonderful Events for a Fall Weekend

As On The Same Page moves towards culmination this weekend, we’ve saved two of our best events for last.

Cameron Kent Reads from The Road to Devotion at Old Salem, Saturday, October 15th, 11:30 am, African American Log Church

This Saturday, Cameron Kent will be reading from The Road to Devotion and signing books afterward in Old Salem, bringing the story back to one of the historic locales in the book.  The African American Log Church, the current welcoming spot for the St. Phillips Heritage Center, will be a lovely and moving location to bring alive the voices in the book.

Old Salem is celebrating Harvest Day on Saturday the 15th, and there is a charge for attendance at Harvest Day events, but there is no charge for this On The Same Page reading and book signing. For more information, please call 336-721-7399. 913 South Church Street, Winston-Salem NC 27101

Music of the Antebellum South, Sunday, October 16th 2:00 pm, Community Arts Café

On The Same Page is extremely proud to be able to present our finale concert  featuring heritage music that brings the sound of The Road to Devotion to life. Local music historian and musician Bob Carlin will present selections of southern music circa 1860 on the banjo. Local choir Voices of God’s Children will present a selection of Negro spirituals from the period. Light refreshments will be served. This event is free and open to the public. Join us for a reflective and wonderful afternoon at the downtown Community Arts Café. For more information, please call 336-703-3050. 411 West Fourth Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27101

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

Cameron Kent Joins the Book Discussion

Thursday, October 6th 11:00 am

Carver School Road Library

4915 Lansing Drive
Winston-Salem, NC 27105
(336) 703-2910

Here’s another opportunity to join the discussion with Cameron Kent. Carver Library’s 1sts Thursday Friends group is hosting the author for book discussion and book signing. Everyone is welcome. You’ll enjoy the chance to hear Cameron talk about The Road to Devotion.

If you can’t make it to Carver Library on the 6th we do still have several more book discussion dates on the calendar.

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

Writer’s Workshop on October 1st

Write with Courage and Devotion

Do you have a story inside that’s struggling to get out? Have you been afraid of giving full voice to the characters in your head? Learning how to overcome your fears of writing or sharing your work will bring tremendous personal satisfaction.

Please join with other in your community on Saturday, October 1st, at 10:30am in Room 4 of the Kernersville Branch Library (130 E. Mountain St., Kernersville, NC 27284) to experience a powerful writing workshop led by award winning author Jennifer Stevenson. She will guide you towards writing with courage and devotion as part of the public library’s On the Same Page 2011 program. This workshop is free and open to the public. Please let us know you are coming by calling 336-703-2930.

Jennifer is a founding member and past president of Winston-Salem Writers. As Vice President of Programs, she created, developed and established WSW’s extensive curriculum of writing methods and practices. As an award-winning reporter, columnist and educator, Stevenson brings more than 25 years of experience to WSW. Her work has appeared in newspapers and magazines around the country. As a senior staff writer for the St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times, she was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for groundbreaking work covering desegregation and racial justice issues. She’s lectured on writing and media ethics at New York University, University of South Florida, the University of Tampa and in public schools in Florida and North Carolina. Stevenson, who lives in Winston-Salem, now serves as WSW’s Director of Outreach Services and is establishing writing programs for under-served populations.~ from Winston-Salem Writers

1 Comment

Filed under Uncategorized

Movie afternoon–Friendly Persuasion

RiverRun International Film Festival is  hosting a special screening of the 1956 classic, Friendly Persuasion for us this coming Sunday, Oct 2nd at 4:00 pm. For fun and a change of pace, we’re watching the movie at the downtown Community Arts Café in the Underground Theater Gallery.

Friendly Persuasion, based on a story by Jessamyn West, introduced the Birdwells, a Quaker family living in Indiana in 1862, as the Civil War moves closer and closer to home. They live a peaceful and prosperous life in a community whose day to day interactions are treated with good-natured comedic humor, and the relationship between the husband and the wife, played by Gary Cooper and Dorothy McGuire, is especially well-rendered. But the family’s Quaker commitment to non-violence brings them in conflict with neighbors from other faiths, and tests their pacifism in the face of the war’s threat to themselves and their community. 137 minutes. Not rated, but family-friendly for school age children and parents who can talk about the issues of war and religious differences.

1 Comment

Filed under Uncategorized


Artist Benita VanWinkle

“From getting the costumes right, to the period authentic, making a bookcover can have all kinds of challenges… some even involve getting the farm critters out the way!”  ~ Benita VanWinkle

On The Same Page has an unusual opportunity this year. We can focus on our book and the creative process, enlightened by the team that brought the book to life. This Saturday, Cameron Kent, his editor and publisher Kevin Watson of Press 53, and cover artist Benita VanWinkle are guests for a panel discussion at the Central Library downtown. They will share their perspectives on the chances, choices, collaboration, and creative inspiration that shape a book. Get insights into the process of how a book comes into existence and enjoy the human interaction between creative professionals who enjoy working together and respect each other’s work.


Check out novelist Craig Lancaster’s interview with Kevin Morgan on thriving as a small creative publisher. And visit Reynolda Manor Library next Monday, September 26th at 7:00 to listen to Benita VanWinkle her share her experiences creating hand-crafted art books.

Kevin Morgan Watson

For more information, please call (336) 703-3064, post a comment here, or Ask Your Librarian.

Saturday, September 24th, Central Library Auditorium 1:00pm

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

30 Seconds of Air Time

You may be seeing us on TV these days, too. Visit in person with Cameron Kent to talk about The Road to Devotion by joining him Tuesday the 20th at Barnes and  Noble for a book discussion at 7:00 pm, or Thursday the 22nd at noon at the 4th Thursday Book Club at the Central Library downtown. 

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

Hometown book review, anyone?

Lewisville library patron (and active member of their Friends of the Library Group) Jennifer Wiseman caught onto the appeal of The Road to Devotion long before On The Same Page chose the book this year for our program. In March, 2010 Jennifer submitted her reader review of the book to Amazon. It’s one of six reader reviews that give the book the highest possible Amazon five-star rating. On The Same Page spoke to Jennifer on Saturday at BOOKMARKS Festival where she continued to rave about the book. And she’s graciously letting us use her Amazon review here:

BRILLIANT!! “The Road to Devotion” is a marvelous, must-read book for people of all ages! Cameron Kent’s latest novel is truly top-notch historical fiction. You only have to read a few chapters before it becomes very evident that the man has “done his homework” ~ ~ and NOT just in Civil War history.

A plantation farm in Winston, NC sets the stage for a heartwarming story of farm owner, Sarah Talton and runaway slave, Jacquerie Bodin. A very unlikely bond and friendship forms between these two women as, chapter by chapter, their story unfolds with accurate historical references.

From Moravians, Presbyterians and Quakers to references of the Yadkin River, Salem, NC and Charleston, SC ~ ~ I love the “local flavors” that are blended into the canvas of this story of faith and of hope. Whether describing a Carolina morning sunrise or a Christmas wreath hanging in the church window, with extremely vivid detail, Cameron paints a picture with his words ~ ~ leaving nothing to the imagination.

Other nice touches to this story include the lyrics to hymns and African-American spirituals that are scattered throughout, as well as a Biblical scripture reference that introduces each chapter, solidifying the message of truth.

Trust me, you definitely will NOT be disappointed on your journey with “The Road to Devotion.” Awesome, Cameron!!

Thank you Jennifer! Happy and thoughtful readers make the best buzz for the program. Visit Amazon to read the other reader reviews and add your own. Better yet, submit a review to On The Same Page. You may see us sharing it here!

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

Love historical fiction?

This Saturday Walkertown Library hosts guest North Carolina author Joanna Catherine Scott. She’ll be talking about her novels, The Road from Chapel Hill and Child of the South. Join us in Walkertown Saturday, September 17th at 10:30 am.

Have you wondered about the power of literature to move people? Scott tells us:

Just before The Road from Chapel Hill was published, the Raleigh News & Observer published an excerpt, the part about Tom being hunted through the woods near Chapel Hill. A couple of weeks later, I received a letter stamped, “Mailed at Central Prison.” It was from a young man on death row who had read the excerpt and wanted to read the book. Thus began my friendship with one of North Carolina’s innocents on death row. His name is John Lee Conaway, and he is now off death row — the double first cousin of one of his accusers was on the jury — although he continues to fight to prove his innocence. At the moment I am in the process of adopting him as my seventh child.

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

Winston-Salem State welcomes Cameron Kent

And we’re all invited…

Thursday, September 15th 2:00pm

228 Hall-Patterson Building

Winston-Salem State University

Students in Dr. Elwanda Ingram’s Humanities course in African American Culture have started their journey into the African diasporic experience, its history, religion, literature and art.  Our author Cameron Kent will join the students to talk about literature.  Thank you to the Department of English and Foreign Languages for inviting the community as well. This is a great opportunity to hear the perspectives of university students. Join us!

The students are currently reading the Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass (1845) and talking about the genre of the slave narrative, which is at the heart of historical research for The Road to Devotion. UNC-Chapel Hill’s digital library collections includes a wonderful resource of slave narrative texts and material interpreting them, including a vast number of images.

A sketch of Douglass, from the 1845 edition of...

Frederick Douglass

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

The Library Interviews Cameron Kent

This summer, Jason Alston from the Information Services department at the Central Library sat down with author Cameron Kent to talk about The Road to Devotion. Thank you Jason, and thank you Cameron for taking the time for us to introduce the book, and give us some ideas of themes to think about while reading. And whet our appetite for more.


Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

So many incredible choices…

Take a good look at BOOKMARKS festival’s lineup of author events this weekend. It might be hard to choose where to be, when. We DO hope to see you at one of On The Same Page’s events. Cameron Kent takes the Main Stage on Sixth St. at 1:30pm to introduce us to The Road to Devotion, and he’ll be signing books afterward. Look for him in Young Readers Central at 11:00 for Story Time and at 3:30 to talk to a young audience about his book, Make Me Disappear.

1 Comment

Filed under Uncategorized