History Exhibit Commissioned on September 24th, 2013
The History Exhibit is an extensive interpreted photo and archival item display in the lobby about the history of what is now the Historic Brookstown Inn. It fills a gap in the public interpretation of our town’s story as well as makes sense of the complicated story of the hotel, which really is that of two different cotton factories built nearly fifty years apart by succeeding generations of the Fries family. One building became a flour mill for 50 years before joining the other, and the family’s first money was made in a factory across the street no longer there, and what’s left of the iron bones of the boiler of the second factory are still sitting in Visit Winston-Salem offices. The same family helped build six other mills, three railroads and what would become the country’s fourth largest bank.