Salem's First Presidential Reception"

By Werner Willis


Artist Werner Willis shows his beautiful 3 foot by 5 foot
"Salem's Frist Presidential Visit" canvas print.



Large Canvas

Giclee Canvas
S/N Editio
n of 100
Size: 37 1/4" X 69 5/8"
Price $1400

Giclee Canvas
Framed as shown
S/N Edition of 100
Size: 37 1/4" X 69 5/8"
Price $1950

Can be picked up at the gallery or will deliver in NC, VA, and SC. Delivery rate is $1.00 per mile to and from the destination Call 704-838-6153 if delivery is needed

Comes unstretched to be framed at your local Gallery
or framed in a beautiful 6 inch wide frame ready to hang.



Small Canvas

Framed in the same moulding style but 3 inches wide.

Giclee Canvas
S/N Edition of 350
Size: 22 1/2" X 42"
Price $750

Giclee Canvas
S/N Edition of 350
Size: 22 1/2" X 42"
Price $995

Can be picked up at the gallery or shipped.


Open Edition Paper Lithograph

Paper Lithograph
Open Edition
Size:15 1/2" X 23"
Price $35

All images copyright © by Artist Werner Willis. All rights reserved

The Village and Tavern

The village of Old Salem is pleasantly placed on rising ground surrounded by beautiful meadows, well-cultivated fields, and shady woods. The houses are built in a German style with trees surrounding them forming a pastoral scene. The cleanliness and neatness which were two standing Moravian rules impressed the president about the Salem tavern. Windows were eliminated from the lower front of the building so that passing Moravian citizens would not be embarrassed or influenced by the activities inside the public tavern.

Washington, Major William Jackson and Cornwallas William Jackson, who had political connections in the south, was Washington's private secretary and traveling companion. The faces of Washington and Jackson are actual portraits. Washington declined private offers of food and lodging and always looked for public accommodations wherever possible to avoid giving out or owing political favors. An unofficial member of Washington's southern expedition was his pet greyhound, "Cornwallis"

The Coach

Although not his official state coach, Washington called this traveling coach U his white Chariot. The white coach was easily seen and recognizable from a great distance. The oval presidential seal designed by Washington and used today, was painted on each of the four quarter panels. The four seasons, painted by Italian artist Cypriani were painted on the doors and the front and back of the coach. The coachman, John Fagan, was a newly- hired and skillful Hessiam driver. There were two footmen, John Mauld and Fides Imhoff. A postilion, James Hurley, rode the leading left- hand horse to help guide the coach.

The Cavalry Escort

Charles Caldwell, one of the thirteen- rider escort formed in Salisbury, is the standard-bearer on the white horse. The 13 riders represent the 13 colonies. Caldwell and his company met Washington at the Waxaws to guide and inform him of the land, the people, and historic events of North Carolina. They traveled with him to the border of Virginia as Washington returned to Mount Vernon.

Moravian Ladies

While the men dressed as all 18th Century males, Moravian female attire was unique to other colonial dress. Work dresses were solid blue or brown, and a cap that covered all signs of hair was wom indoors and out. The caps and better dresses were always white. The ribbons that tied the cap and laced the jacket of the dress were colored according to the status of the woman. Little girls wore bright red and older girls wore darker red. Single women wore pink, married women medium blue and widows white.

The Team of Horses

Washington would have preferred six cream- colored horses with white manes, but was warned that they would be a great disadvantage because of the soil, grime and red dirt he would encounter on his Southern journey. Instead he chose four reddish-brown, black maned bays shown with his valet,.William Osborne.


Washington's parade horse, Prescott, showed no skittishness under musket and cannon fire. He was a present from Frederick the Great of Prussia along with a dress sword inscribed in gold, "From the oldest to the greatest general of the age." When Washington tried to play down this compliment, Frederick answered, "I conquered with means. You conquered without them" Washington, dressed in his continental uniform, rode Prescott into al/ the Southern towns except Old Salem. In respect of their deep religious convictions, he entered by coach, dressed in civilian clothes, and Prescott was lead by a groomsman.

The Moravian Band

As Washington approached he was greeted by music from the tavern steps. The Moravian band is an important tradition as is the practice of not calling attention to or exalting individuals. This is evident by the absence of bunting and festive decorations.
Washington rarely smiled because of ill -fitting false teeth, but the kindness and understanding that shone through his eyes made up for his grim face. He wrote in his journal how much he enjoyed his Salem visit.