Welcome to Winston-Salem
In its tobacco-processing heyday, a century ago, Winston-Salem was the largest city in North Carolina. Since then, the city that gave the world Camel cigarettes (and Krispy Kreme doughnuts!) has slipped back to fifth place, leaving its pocket-sized downtown looking a little faded but charming nonetheless. For visitors, though, the big attraction lies immediately south, in the verdant streets of Salem (‘peace’) itself, founded in 1766 by German Protestants from the Moravian sect. Their settlement remains remarkably intact, despite the encroachment of the nearby industrial city of Winston, which by 1913 had crept so close that there was only just room to squeeze a hyphen between the two, and create Winston-Salem.