October 26

Leg 29: Bethabara to Salem Square

Number of people walking today: more than 300!

*Given the size of the group and out of concern for the health and safety of all participants, Salem is requiring that all registered participants must show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative test within the last 72 hours at the check-in table. Please arrive with appropriate verification ready to present to event hosts – a picture on your cell phone of your vaccine card or negative test result will suffice.

If you haven’t already submitted your signed waiver, please bring it with you to Bethabara to expedite the check-in process. Adult waiver / Minor waiver

Questions: salemjourney250@gmail.com.

Send off

10:45 – Meet at Elberson Fine Arts Center for bus loading and/or self-organizing carpool arrangements. You may also go directly to Bethabara, but you will be responsible for getting back to your car. We will be able to accommodate only 180 people on the buses, so plan accordingly. Limited parking will be available at Bethabara Moravian Church, 2100 Bethabara Road.
11:15 – Buses and carpools depart FAC for Bethabara
11:30 – REQUIRED: Walker check-in Bethabara
12:15 – Send-off program begins
12:30 – Send-off to Salem! Historic Bethabara Park, 2163 Bethabara Road, W-S

Triumphant Entry

3:30 – Gather at Corpening Plaza, 231 1st St W, Winston-Salem
3:45 – Walk the last 1/2 mile to Salem Square together, led by the Fabulous Five through-walkers: Lucy Rose C’76, Debbie Faires A’82, Marcia Shawler A’75, Elizabeth Wade C’88, Frances Cronlund C’98

4:00 p.m. Triumphant Entry at the Salem Square and brief presentation in front of Single Sisters House

4:15 to 6:30 p.m. – Homecoming Celebration with food trucks, music, beer, and activities. The event will take place on Salem Square and the streets around it. For COVID-19 safety we are asking guests not to go in campus buildings except for Single Sisters where we will have a storytelling booth and to visit the Single Sisters Museum. Masks will be required indoors. Alumnae who have parked in the FAC are welcome to walk through campus after the event to get to their cars.

Route SummaryThe route begins on the Bethabara Trail, behind the 1788 Gemeinhaus, located in Historic Bethabara Park. Highlights include: Reynolda Village, Reynolda House & Gardens, Graylyn Estate, Buena Vista and West End neighborhoods, and downtown W-S. We will gather at Corpening Plaza by 3:40 to walk the last 1/2 mile together for the Triumpant Entry Celebration in Salem Square!
Please obey all traffic laws and use crosswalks and sidewalks wherever possible.
Starting PointHistoric Bethabara Park
2163 Bethabara Rd
Winston-Salem, NC 27106
Walking Mileage6.8 miles
MealsBreakfast: hotel has restaurant opens at 7 am; Camino Bakery opens at 7 am
Lunch: On your own
RestroomsMile 1.4 Shell Station and Wendy’s
Mile 2.7 Reynolda Garden restrooms behind the shop “All Through the House” in Reynolda Village
Mile 5.7 St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
Mile 6.5 235 Marshall St. – First Presbyterian Office
Mile 7.3 Salem Square – port-a-johns Shober House Parking Lot
Contact InfoVan Driver: 470-653-7880.
Route Manager: 336-782-1704
Route MapBethabara to Corpening Plaza
Special Navigation InstructionsOur walking route has been created in the Google Maps app. Please review the navigation training document in advance. Printed copies will also be available.
Laundry AvailabilityNo
Special EventTRIUMPHANT ENTRY into Salem Square, 4 pm to 6:30 pm. Brief presentation at 4 pm, then food trucks, beer garden and music!
Instructions for DriverNOTES: 1) Walkers will start on a pedestrian only trail. 2) Just after WFU entrance, they will take stairs to Reynolda Village. Van to meet them at Graylyn. Walkers to take Cherry St (one way) to Corpening Plaza, van to take Liberty.
MORNING: transport Leg 28 walkers who are also walking Leg 29 to Bethabara??? Or take them to FAC for bus transport???
Map #1: 1788 Gemeinhaus to Corpening Plaza in Driving Mode.
Once walkers are close to Corpening Plaza, van can proceed to Salem Square.
LATE AFTERNOON: Does anyone need a ride back to Hotel Indigo?
Driver Map(s)Leg 29 driving route
History Blog PostIn Memoriam
Miscellaneous InformationNavigation:
Each Google Map route will have a starting point and multiple stops.
iPhone users: when you arrive at a stop, you must remove the PREVIOUS starting point, making your current stop the NEW starting point.
Android users: As long as you “arrive” at each stop, it will automatically advance to the next one. Otherwise, you will have to remove a stop.
EXCEPTION: Do NOT remove any stops when you are in a dead zone! This will cancel the map and you will not be able to relaunch it.
Dead zone: in poor or no cell phone coverage, you will still be able to see the route since GPS continues to work. Just don’t exit the map or try to remove a stop or you will lose the route.
Obey all traffic laws. Use crosswalks and sidewalks wherever possible. When sidewalks are not available, generally it is recommended to walk against traffic but there may be times where the shoulder is wider walking WITH traffic. Be careful approaching curves and hills as visibility will be limited! Walk with a buddy.