The origins of the Reynolda Campus can be found a few steps away in the Reynolda Historic District, with Reynolda House Museum of American Art at its center. Opened in 1967, Reynolda House displays and interprets a premier collection of American art within the 1917 country house created by Katharine Smith Reynolds, wife of tobacco magnate Richard Joshua (R.J.) Reynolds. A visit to Reynolda in your first-year is essential to understand why the ground you walk on is called the “Reynolda” Campus.
Reynolda gets its name from the feminine of Reynolds, a nod to the estate’s visionary Katharine Reynolds. As a 1,067-acre working estate, Reynolda originally incorporated the main house, also known as The Bungalow, set within a carefully designed landscape and a working model farm; recreational facilities, including a man-made lake and a nine-hole golf course; formal gardens (now Reynolda Gardens); and a picturesque estate-support village (now Reynolda Village) echoing the style of the main house. Wake Forest’s Reynolda Campus now occupies the land that was the farm. As both a historic house and art museum, Reynolda interprets the past and present through historic Reynolda house furnishings, decorative arts and works of art from the likes of Georgia O’Keeffe, Frederic Edwin Church, Mary Cassatt and Nam June Paik. Reynolda has just debuted a new tour, accessible via cellphone, which integrates all aspects of the estate, from the gardens and the grounds to the historic house and buildings of the Village.
General admission to Reynolda House is free for students, and the Museum offers several events at no cost to students throughout the year. For example, Object of the Month talks occur the first Wednesday of every month and o.er insight into Reynolda’s collections. Students can also get involved at Reynolda House through internships, volunteer opportunities and academic research. Reynolda House Student Advocacy Council is a student organization that works to connect Reynolda with the Wake Forest student body. Reynolda is an easy quarter-mile walk from campus along the wooded, paved trail that connects South Campus to Reynolda Village. Reynolda House is open Tuesday through Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sunday from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.