May 24, 2010
With each new story or snippet of history we receive about grand old WinMock, it’s as if we’re reading a new chapter in the barn’s storied life. I have to admit that has become one of my favorite parts of our renovation project and with over eighty years to pull from, I’m looking forward to more stories that are sure to come.
That being said, you can only imagine how excited we were to receive a call a few months ago from Margaret Williams, granddaughter of original WinMock owner S. Clay Williams Sr.
During her last visit to the area, her family had driven by their grandfather’s old barn and by chance they read an article in The Winston Salem Journal the following day about Sterling Event’s plan to turn the barn into a special events center for weddings, corporate meetings and social events.
Her father, Dr. S. Clay Williams, who currently resides in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, is the son of S. Clay Williams, former president of RJ Reynolds Tobacco Company. Dr. Williams remembers playing in the barn as a young boy in the 1930s and was intrigued to see the barn in its current state.
Along with his daughters Margaret (far left below) and Jackie (far right below), he recently joined us on a beautiful Spring day at WinMock to tour the old barn, share a little history and much to our delight, reminisce a little about days gone by.
Here are a couple of photos from their visit, courtesy of our good friend and photographer Tom McCulloh.