Winston-Salem

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Introduction

Located 95 mi/155 km west of Raleigh in the Piedmont Triad, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, is a medium-sized city known for its historic and cultural attractions, the arts, higher education, and as the birthplace of Krispy Kreme Doughnuts.

Winston-Salem is the site of the first North Carolina settlement founded by Moravians, a small religious community that came from Pennsylvania in 1753.

The Moravians started a small town called Bethabara (House of Passages), then, in 1776, started a larger town, Salem, a few miles/kilometers away. The restored houses of Old Salem are now among the top tourist attractions in North Carolina.

The city is also the birthplace and headquarters of the Krispy Kreme Doughnuts company. The original doughnut-making machine was sent to the Smithsonian in 1997 on the 60th anniversary of the company's 1937 founding. The tasty treats are now found throughout the world.

Known as a world-class research center, Winston-Salem also boasts a number of colleges and universities: Wake Forest University, the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Winston-Salem State University, Salem Academy and College, Piedmont Baptist College and Forsyth Technical Community College.

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