Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Country Inns: Zevely

Join us on a visit to the Augustus T. Zevely Inn in Old Salem--the historic center of Winston-Salem, N.C.

In 1950, concerned citizens formed a nonprofit organization, Old Salem, Inc., to preserve historic structures in the 1766 Moravian town of Salem, N.C. One such structure was the 1844 home and office of physician A. T. Zevely. Now restored and converted into a bed-and-breakfast, the Augustus T. Zevely Inn offers Southern hospitality, mid-19th-century ambiance, and a glimpse of authentic Moravian style.

Southern Hospitality

Plaids and floral prints mingle in the parlor, where overstuffed chairs invite fireside lounging. Furnished with pieces from the Old Salem Collection by Lexington Furniture Industries, the parlor and rooms throughout the c. 1844 inn re-create the feeling of a mid-19th-century home.

Elegant Dining

The dining room's mural, painted in acrylics by a local artist, captures the view Dr. Zevely would have enjoyed while facing east from his upper porch. Today's guests may notice several references to the present in the landscape. "The artist depicted our local free-running guinea fowls," comments Ann Johnson, who helped re-create the inn's 19th-century interior. "And then there's Rosie, a much-loved Irish setter that lives nearby." The chairs are reproductions of late-18th-century Edgecombes on display in Old Salem's Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts.

Traditional Charm

Door pulls in the form of clasped hands, a characteristic Moravian design, distinguish a cherry armoire in this second-floor guest room, which Dr. Zevely long ago used as his master bedroom. A newly crafted North Carolina back-country bed and an upholstered Moravian-style chair pay further homage to regional design.

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