2 July 2019 – “Five uses of flowers in 18th century Wachovia” – Eric Elliott
Flowers were more than just ornamental to early settlers. Settlers to this area needed to learn and make use of their environment, including flowering plants, and were able to do so due to botanists being active in the area. Engaging all five senses, flowers were used for study, utility, celebration, communication, and beauty in Wachovia. A five-panel exhibit on this topic is currently viewable at Alpha Chapel, Bethania. The exhibit was created by Eric Elliott, and sponsored by the Garden Club Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County and the Old Salem Garden Club. At the talk Eric will also discuss the next Garden Club and Council-sponsored exhibit on 4 Moravian botanists, opening at the Archives later in July.


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The Forsyth County Genealogical Society is a non-profit organization that was formally organized in 1982. Its mission is to promote the preservation of local history and to help genealogists in their pursuit of accurate ancestral information. We assist genealogists, both new and seasoned, through educational programs, workshops, projects and publications. We believe that only by encouraging the efforts of those who are interested in preserving the knowledge of historical events, and developing a deeper understanding of those who came before, can we discover how we became the people and communities we are today.

Regular meetings of the Society are held on the first Tuesday of every month at 6:00 pm in the auditorium of the Reynolda Manor Branch of the Forsyth County Public Library at 2839 Fairlawn Drive in Winston-Salem, NC. We provide programs of genealogical and historical interest. Visitors are always welcome!

The Society publishes a quarterly Journal that was the recipient of an Award for Excellence in Periodical Publishing from the North Carolina Genealogical Society. Material published includes transcriptions of primary source material, “how-to” articles, complied family histories, and much more relating to Forsyth and its parent and neighboring counties. The Society also publishes abstracted and transcribed records.

This website was provided by a generous gift from Paul Jerry Sumner, charter member of FCGS in 1982, and holder of many officer positions over the intervening years.