AAA Editor Notes
Reynolda House Museum of American Art is at 2250 Reynolda Rd. near Wake Forest University. This 64-room country house, built over a 5-year period beginning in 1912, is the former home of Katharine Smith and R.J. Reynolds and stands on what originally was a 1,067-acre estate. Restored in period style, it contains a fine collection of furnishings and American paintings, prints and sculpture from 1755 to the present. The works of Mary Cassatt, Frederic Church, John Singleton Copley, Thomas Eakins, Jacob Lawrence, Gilbert Stuart and Andrew Wyeth are represented.
Also of interest are a ladies' costume collection that focuses on the first half of the 20th century, an Aeolian organ, family clothing and memorabilia dating from 1905, and vintage children's toys. Original model farm buildings have been converted into a village with shopping and dining. Japanese cherry trees bloom in late March or early April, and the gardens offer lush seasonal vistas.
A 30,000-square-foot exhibition wing includes a visitor's center, museum shop, changing exhibits, oral history stations and a video.
Time: Allow 1 hour minimum.