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Forsyth County North Carolina

Hylehurst, ca. 1884, 224 South Cherry Street, Winston-Salem, NC, National Register

Photo: Hylehurst, ca. 1884, 224 South Cherry Street, Winston-Salem, NC. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983. Photographed by user:User:Jerrye and Roy Klotz, MD (own work), 2007, [cc-by-3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons, accessed June, 2015.

The Forsyth County Courthouse is located at 201 North Chestnut Street, Winston-Salem NC 27101; phone 336-727-2797.

Beginnings [1]

Forsyth County began as a Moravian settlement in 1753 when Bishop August Gottlieb Spangenberg acquired a hundred-thousand acre tract of land from Lord Granville, one of the lord proprietors of North Carolina. The Moravians called their land Wachovia after the Austrian estate of Count Nicholas Lewis von Zinzendorf, an early protector of the Moravian Church.

After the two settlements of Bethabara and Bethania were established, the Town of Salem was begun in 1766 as the central town in Wachovia. Salem grew rapidly both as a religious center and as a center for crafts and trades.

In 1849, the North Carolina Legislature created the new county of Forsyth out of part of Stokes County. In 1851, the town of Winston was named as the County seat. The courthouse square was laid one mile north of Salem Square with plans for the streets of the two towns to run together.

Forsyth County was named in honor of Colonel Benjamin Forsyth, a respected landowner in Stokes County. Colonel Forsyth distinguished himself in heavy fighting during the war of 1812 at Odelltown, Canada, where he was mortally wounded.

  1. A Brief History of Forsyth County,, accessed October, 2011.
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