History for Forsyth County

The act establishing the county ordered the first court to be held at the town hall of Salem, at which time the justices were to select a place for future courts until a courthouse could be erected. Commissioners were named to select a place for the public buildings, acquire the land, and lay out a town. In 1851 an act was passed naming the county seat Winston. In 1879 an act was passed authorizing that Winston and Salem be combined, provided the people voted for the same.

In 1913 Winston and Salem were incorporated as one town and Winston-Salem became the county seat.

Forsyth County was named in honor of Colonel Benjamin Forsyth, a native of Stokes County who fell on the northern frontier in the War of 1812.2

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1 Facts gathered from State Library of North Carolina.





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North Carolinians are nicknamed the "Tar Heels".

It not exactly evident where this nickname originated, but it seems to have given birth during the Civil War. North Carolina's troops were said to have tar on their heels, because they would not run in battle even as other states retreated.

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