Throughout the year, the WHS holds a variety of events that are designed to engage and educate members. In 2022, there are important events in Wachovia celebrating historic anniversaries. See the listing below!
2022 Annual Meeting - Public Invited
- Tuesday, October 18, 2022; Musical prelude and reception at 7:00 p.m.; Meeting begins at 7:30 p.m.
- Agenda includes: Review of WHS Priorities and Programs; Annual Oration by Mr. Michael C. Hardy (“In the Footsteps of Bishop Spangenberg”); and Presentation of the 2022 Archie K. Davis Award.
2022 Spring Raffle
- Our Fall Raffle is for an elegant dinner for four. You choose the dinner setting: delivered to your home at your designated time or served at our Tailgate Party. The “Tailgate Awaits Party ” is the latest addition to our annual event October 18th. Your tailgate dinner includes a white tent oasis with sparkling lights, white table cloths, silver service, and lit with candelabra. Raffle tickets go on sale at Events on September. 5th.
2022 Guild Activities & Events
- NEXT GUILD EVENT – Sunday, September 4, 2022, an “On Your Feet Event: Let’s Do Bethania!
- This walking tour includes the latest research on historical findings in Bethania. Your Hosts. Michelle(Mayor Pro Tem of Bethania) and Mike Leonard (Chair of Bethania’s Historical Society) trace this settlement’s development, the split from Bethabara, its notable early settlers, its restored homes – all the charm that makes Bethania the vibrant community it is today. To reserve your spot, go to Events. Sign-up is through the website only. (No checks, too slow! Events sell out quickly)). You will receive a confirmation email confirming your reservation, directions, and weekly Know More Before You Go” emails. Questions? Contact Victoria, 828.258.3499
- Note: Jerome Bias is rescheduled for November 6. Same place (909 South Church Street), same time 1:30 pm. This event is sold out.
Planned Guild Events July-November 2022
- September 4, 2022, 1:30 p.m. Bethania, a tour of restored houses with Michelle and Mike Leonard. This On Your Feet Event includes recent research on historical findings in Bethania. Social and Savories included.
- Tuesday, October 18, 2022, 7:00 p.m. Tailgate event before the 2022 Annual Meeting, hosted by the Guild Steering Committee. Open to all WHS Members.
- Sunday, November 6, 1:30 p.m. Jerome Bias, Rescheduled and Sold out. Jerome connects the craftsmanship of the Salem furniture makers with master southern furniture artisan Thomas Day. Social and Savories are part of this event.
250th Anniversary of the Salem Band - Summer 2022 Concert Schedule
Wachovia Historical Society conducts Raffle events periodically during the year. The first WHS Raffle was held in Summer 2021, with the prize of a trip to a selected destination in the U.S. The winner of the Summer Raffle was Betsy Overton. The second Raffle was held in Fall 2021, with the prize of a free carriage ride through Old Salem, offered by Steve Allred. The winner of this raffle was Kae Roberts.
Wachovia Historical Society thanks the Zevely Inn for sponsoring the Spring 2022 Online Raffle. And we are proud to announce the winner of the Spring Raffle: Barbara Strauss of Winston-Salem, NC! Courtesy of the Zevely Inn and Innkeeper Cherie Gordon, Ms. Strauss will get to enjoy welcome evening activities at the Inn, including a history of the Inn, and then enjoy overnight accommodations in one of the charming bedrooms at the Inn. The next morning, she will be serenaded to the Inn’s delightful breakfast offerings. Congratulations, Barbara!
To learn more about the Zevely House, click here.
WHS Guild Events
Have you ever wondered about those historic buildings not included in the Old Salem tour? On the first Sunday of each month, the Wachovia Historical Society Guild (WHSG) offers an event for lovers of Wachovia history—many of which are held in private residences.
Many Old Salem residents are eager to share their love for the history of their homes by hosting talks and Guild events. Cherie Gordon’s recent sponsorship of the Summer Raffle (for an overnight stay at The Zevely Inn) is a prime example. Recent raffle winner Barbara Strauss (see “WHS Raffles”) looks forward to a private tour of the Inn, a special talk on its history, and hors d’oeuvres as part of her overnight stay
Attendance for Guild Events is limited to small groups. Participation fosters friendships. Each talk or walk is followed by hors d’oeuvres and chatting with your fellow patrons of history. Active membership in WHS (yearly dues up to date) is the only requirement for attendance. Monthly events are listed on the first of each month on the WHS website. Fees for attending events pay for the ongoing work at Friedberg’s Spach Rock House Archaeological Dig and the Christmas laurels which decorate Old Salem annually.
Next Guild Event
In September, Bethania Mayor Pro Tem Michelle Leonard will introduce you to the homes of Bethania for an On Your Feet event. Hosts Michelle and Mike Leonard lead a tour focused on the latest historical findings in Bethania. Our hosts trace the settlement’s history, why it split from Bethabara, archaeological finds, oral histories, residences and shops, entrepreneurs, and craftsmen who made Bethania the vibrant community that remains today. Tickets for this event go on sale over this website on Monday, August 8th. Tickets can be purchased through this website. at $25 per person. A social with Savories follows the event. Estimated time 1:30. Directions and relevant articles will be sent to all attendees.
The Guild’s next Raffle(officially the “Fall 2022 Raffle”) will offer a chance to attend an upscale picnic for four, composed of savories served at the Tailgate before the WHS Annual Meeting this coming October 18. Links for the raffle will be sent to all members in August and on our website under “WHS Raffles.”
Questions or suggestions about events? Let us know about speakers you would like to hear and topics you would like to explore. Simply contact Victoria Remishofsky at one of the following:
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone: 828.258.3499.
June 5 event with Mastercraftsman Jerome Bias has been rescheduled for Novenber 6th at 1:40. The event is still Sold Out.
Jerome will explore the connection between 1800’s widely respected freedman Thomas Day and the Siewers, Salem furniture makers. The question-answer format in a woodshop setting in Old Salem allows seasoned artisans and novices to gain insights Jerome has learned from replicating Old Salem craftsmanship. Cost $25 per person includes hors d’oeuvres and a chance to chat with your fellows.
Medical Readers’ Theater Performance
On April 8, 2018, Wachovia Historical Society and Old Salem Museums and Gardens partnered to present a Medical Readers’ Theater performance of “A Face of Stone” by William Carlos Williams.
The short story tracks the evolution of a complex physician/patient relationship in which a busy physician takes an instant dislike to a young immigrant couple who brings their infant to the office for a check-up. The readers and the narrator for the performance were medical students and emeritus faculty from Wake Forest University School of Medicine. Society board member Dr. Gene Adcock moderated the program and facilitated the discussion after the performance. The 23 attendees, including the performers, participated in a provocative and insightful conversation after the performance. Dr. Tim Kute shared this response, “I thought that the presentation gave everyone a feeling of how medicine was practiced at that time. One could see the prejudices but also the feelings that taking care of people was very important to the doctors. It was also nice to visit the doctor’s house and examine what he had to work within his practice.” Following the discussion, participants were treated to a tour of The Moravian Way of Health and Healing in the Doctor’s House.
Each of us is concerned about health, our own and others. Stories such as “A Face of Stone” reflect real-life settings that we can contemplate and relate to. The Medical Readers’ Theater setting provides a safe and encouraging space for performers (readers) and the audience to exchange thoughts and feelings about the issues embedded in the story. On April 8 both physicians and “laypeople” shared individual perspectives and appreciated the opportunity to exchange ideas.
Winston-Salem has a wealth of historical and medical resources that tie together the past and the present. The Medical Readers’ Theater concept encourages anyone to perform and initiate thought-provoking conversations that focus on issues pertinent to the physical, spiritual, and psychological aspects of health and healing 200 years ago and today.
The Society looks forward to hosting future Medical Readers’ Theater events and, perhaps, creating scripts of stories preserved in records of the Moravians in Salem.
Saturday, May 16, 2015, was a beautiful day as a group of excited folks gathered at the Old Salem Visitors Center to learn about the last days of the Civil War in North Carolina. The tour was co-sponsored by the Wachovia Historical Society and Old Salem Museum and Gardens. Chris Hartley, a Society Board member, Civil War scholar, and awarded author, led the tour.
First stop, Shallowford Crossing. This ford had been used for years by Native Americans, hunters, Revolutionary War soldiers, and others. This was the ford that Union General Stoneman’s troops crossed in April of 1865 as they headed to Salisbury, their ultimate military objective. Along the way, the Union Calvary fought several skirmishes as it moved near the Mocksville and Cooleemee areas toward Salisbury.
Grant’s Creek was the site of a major battle just outside of Salisbury. At this location, Mr. Hartley explained the battle tactics that ultimately led to a hard-fought Union victory. The goals of this Campaign were to destroy the rail facilities and supplies at Salisbury and also to liberate and destroy the Confederate Prison. The Union troops destroyed supplies, capturing and burning enough of them to support a huge army. Supplies included small arms, artillery ammunition, uniforms, blankets, cotton, corn, rice, hams, beef, whiskey, etc. The troops also burned many Confederate facilities, hospitals, cotton factories, foundry, etc. It was said that the fires could be seen many miles away. A determined objective of General Stoneman was to liberate the Prison. Earlier, the General had been a prisoner of war and was freed in a prisoner exchange. To his dismay, the Salisbury prisoners had been moved to other prisons, except for a few who were feeble and sick. The Union troops burned the Prison.
After Salisbury was in Union hands, troops moved on Ft York. It was a Confederate Fort on the Davidson County side of the Yadkin. Ft York was probably designed and engineered by Confederate General P G T Beauregard. The earthen Fort sits high on a cliff above the Yadkin. It is on private property and, as a result, is amazingly unchanged after 150 years. The Fort consists of several artillery batteries connected by infantry trenches. The transverses in the trenches were also well defined. The purpose of Fort York was to protect the railroad bridge over the Yadkin. The Union troops fired rifles and artillery on the Fort for several hours and were met with superior fire from the Confederate artillery. As a result, the Union soldiers withdrew, the bridge was spared, which marked one of the last Confederate victories of the Civil War. At this site, we also learned about preservation efforts and plans from the Civil War Preservation Trust.
In Salisbury, the group visited the Rowan Museum, an 1854 Courthouse that survived Stoneman’s Raid. Many Civil War artifacts were on display. The tour included a visit to the National Military Cemetery in Salisbury. Here are rows of unmarked graves from this conflict. The group also visited the Confederate Prison located next to the Cemetery and the Guard House, which the Union soldiers did not burn.
The tour ended back in Old Salem at St. Phillips Moravian Church where a re-enactor of the Chaplain of the Army of Ohio gave a brief sermon and then read the May 21, 1865, proclamation that all slaves were free. This was followed by his encouragement to the freed people to be industrious and pious. The Service concluded with the Lord’s Prayer.
On July 4, 1783, the citizens of Wachovia celebrated our nation’s independence in what was the earliest documented observance of the day. Among the events in Salem was a performance of Freudenpsalm, or Psalm of Joy, compiled by Moravian composer Johann Friedrich Peter.
On July 4, 2014, Psalm of Joy was performed in Home Moravian Church by the Moramus Chorale and Orchestra. Sung in German to replicate the 1783 performance, this music thrilled the large audience.
The Wachovia Historical Society was pleased to co-sponsor this concert with Old Salem Museums & Gardens and the Moravian Music Foundation. This is another example of our commitment to the presentation, interpretation, and dissemination of the history of Wachovia and surrounding North Carolina.