"ICON OF BYGONE ERA...not ME!..the SHELL STATION." Winston-Salem by was_the_beav

Winston-Salem Travel Guide: 17 reviews and 20 photos

Collecting Shells In Winston-Salem

Winston-Salem is a small city about 40 miles west of Greensboro, about

1. 5 hours from my home. In this area you will find the Moravian

village, where tours are available to view the working bakery,

blacksmith shop and other attractions associated with the traditional

Moravian life, complete with cobblestone streets. That, and the NC

School of the Arts are the most interesting things in town, I suppose,

but there are some sights worth seeing if you just want to take the

time to drive around--beautiful architecture and old estates. But

don't drive too fast, or you'll miss all the local color and perhaps

even this little retro-station...but don't go with an empty

tank...this place is not open.

Though there are alot of great places in the Winston- Salem area,

there IS this one place that stands out in my memory more than any

other as the most unique place in town (other than the dorm-dwellers

at the NC School of the Arts --hey-- love ya!). It`s an OOOOOOOLD

funky Shell Gas Station kinda near the school. I never have seen

another like it, and I`m not even sure it`s still there (after all,

this photo is several years old, taken on a disc camera when they were

popular); if anyone knows more about this place, please leave me a

note. It would be a real shame if it has been torn down. One day,

driving around with my friend while vocalizing loudly out the window,

we came upon this quirky little building sitting vacant and unimposing

on a street corner, just like it belonged there, as if it were

indistinguishable from any other house in the neighborhood. It seemed

like such a Route 66 kind of place, we just had to stop and mark the

moment with a picture. Another good day. There are a lot of other

places in town for fine dining, dive-diggin, and absorbing a little

culture...look for events produced and offered by the various

departments at the School of the Arts, one of the nation`s leading

universities for instruction in Fine Arts. You won`t be


REALLY A PIN-HEAD...most of the time.

  • Last visit to Winston-Salem: Jan 1985
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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