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Moravian antiques set for auction in Rural Hall

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Patricia Flynt’s love of her Moravian heritage was evident in her home, its furnishings and, ultimately, her will. On Saturday, Flynt’s possessions, many of them Moravian in origin, will be auctioned, with the proceeds going to Salem College.

Flynt, who died in January 2011 at the age of 75, had no heirs and willed her home and its contents to the college, where she graduated in 1957 with degrees in English and piano.

Flynt’s Rural Hall home had been in her family since the late 1780s, when William Flynt added a two-story section onto a log section built by a trapper in 1745. The house has been added on to several times over the past 150 years by her ancestors.

“Throughout all of that time, they were adding antiques,” said Vicki Sheppard, the vice president of institutional advancement at Salem College.

Flynt was believed to be a direct descendant of George Washington through her great-great-great-grandmother. Her great-great-great-grandfather, Paul Christian Stauber, was a Pennsylvania Moravian who, in 1752, helped negotiate the purchase of the Wachovia Tract, a 100,000-acre piece of land that encompasses most of Winston-Salem.

This article was written by Lisa O’donnell and originally published by The Winston-Salem Journal. Click here to read more.