Whether you’re looking at population, housing stock or business and commercial activity, the Southeast ward can claim to be the city’s most diverse ward. Here can be found neighborhoods founded in the early years of the 19th century, and new manufacturing plants serving the needs of the 21st …. a historic African American neighborhood, and the city’s largest Hispanic population.
Council Member James Taylor Jr. represents the Southeast Ward on the City Council.
The Waughtown area, in the heart of the ward, dates back to 1806, when Charles Bagge left Salem to build a store on this site, which is now occupied by Waughtown Baptist Church. In 1815, Bagge sold his store to James Waugh, who gave his name to the neighborhood.
The village grew, and in 1834, John Phllip Nissen established a wagon factory across from Waugh’s store. The wagon factory soon spurred more development, which attracted more people.
Today, the employment centers of the ward can be found farther east, at the edges of the ward. Hundreds of people earn their paychecks working in the Center 311, the Union Cross business park, and the Old Stroh Brewery off US 52, which has been redeveloped into a regional industrial park. Hundreds more will soon be working in this plant for Caterpillar.
To get to their jobs they use the network of highways that intersect in the ward, including U.S. 52, Interstate 40, and U.S. 311.
The Waughtown-Sprague Street Corridor is the busiest part of the ward and is lined with older neighborhoods and Hispanic businesses. It is much more suburban the further south and east one goes. The southern edges of the ward have a distinctively rural flavor, but rapid growth of the south Peter’s Creek Parkway Corridor is having an impact here.
The Bellview neighborhood, developed in the early years of the 20th century, was distinctive for its time for its mix of black and white residents.
Today, the Bellview Recreation Center and park offers community rooms and arts and crafts classes for all ages.
Other Recreation facilities in Southeast Ward include the Sprague Street Recreation Center ..offering a wide variety of programs year round, a gym for both organized team play and pickup games, and in the summer Sprague Street Pool is a fine place to cool off.
Easton Park has tennis courts and recreation facilities.
More recreation opportunities lie along Reynolds Park Road, including Reynolds park golf course, the William H. Anderson Recreation Center, Reynolds Park pool, and the Boys and Girls Club.
Along Martin Luther King Jr. Drive is the new Thomas Water Plant, capable of producing 18 million gallons of fresh water a day.
For many years, the area around Parkview Shopping Center was the entrance to Winston-Salem from High Point, and businesses grew up around the "five points" intersection. A monument here tells of the early significance of this access to Winston-Salem.
Just down Sprague Street from here is the old Shell station, built by Quality Oil in 1931. It’s now on listed on the national register of historic places.
The education needs in the ward are met by Easton and Forest Park Elementary School and Hill Middle School.
Businesses, industries, schools, recreation, churches to suit many religious preferences; and a wide variety of housing...This is Southeast Ward.
A look at City Government - Southeast Ward [video]