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Old Salem Museums & Gardens

900 Old Salem Road, Winston Salem, NC 27101
888-653-7253
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites
Owner description: One of America’s most comprehensive history attractions. The museums, the Historic Town of Salem, and the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts... more » Owner description: One of America’s most comprehensive history attractions. The museums, the Historic Town of Salem, and the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts (MESDA), along with award-winning heirloom gardens, engage visitors in an educational and memorable historical experience about those who lived and worked in the early South. « less
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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19 reviews 19 reviews
8 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

What a great place to visit and understand the Moravian community that began over 800 years ago! The price of the museum ticket helps pay for the maintenance and upkeep of the facilities. The docents do a great job in creating a picture of how life used to be. We visited the bakery where sugar cakes were freshly made that... More

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STATESVILLE
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38 reviews 38 reviews
4 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

We always love visiting Old Salem. It is lots of walking but is mostly in the shade. It is a nice history lesson. A visit to the bakery is a must.

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DALLAS, TEXAS
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

Entry price seemed a little high but by the end of the tour worth the price. The knowledge of the guides at the MESDA as well as its mission was impressive. Would have liked to have seen street vendors of food / drink / snacks along the road outside; beautiful day yet not much to do "outside" - everything was... More

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Jacksonville, Florida
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

We may have learned more at this "museum" than any other historical site. Our key to getting most out of Old Salem was to engage the interpretive guides in one on one conversation. Some not only have a wealth of knowledge on their job/role, but they also can expand - in fascinating detail - on life in the Salem community... More

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Louisville, Ohio
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28 reviews 28 reviews
9 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Plan to spend the day here, there are so many things to see here. Lots of history and something for everyone. We paid for passes (did find a good prince on Groupon) but found out that you can park locally and walk through for free-however you do not get the passes to the historical places though. There are many historical... More

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San Antonio
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59 reviews 59 reviews
13 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

You must visit this place! Step back in time! to Colonial days of Old Salem - a Moravian settlement. Several old buildings are museums with guides who are dressed in colonial attire. Stop by the Tavern for lunch or dinner and stay at the inn across from the Tavern! Your experience will be complete as ours was! Staying in Old... More

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Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
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49 reviews 49 reviews
41 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Unaware of the old village, and having little knowledge of the Moravian culture, we found this area to be interesting and informative. The brick sidewalks and large stone easements, large shade trees, and original old buildings and lovely college campus, make for a pleasant stroll in addition to learning the history. A couple of the buildings were closed, unfortunately, and... More

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Indianapolis, IN
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

We had heard about Old Salem, and so decided to stop in on our return home from a vacation on the Atlantic Coast--we are very glad we did. My wife and I are very interested in Colonial Americana, and this place met that interest to a "T". While not quite on the scale of a Williamsburg (VA), it was quite... More

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Marquette, Michigan
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24 reviews 24 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Old Salem was one of the things I was most excited about on our 14 state vacation and I wasn't disappointed. I had a great time here! It rained while we were there but it didn't matter. We walked those beautiful cobble stone streets while thinking about what it must've been like back then. The dates of when the buildings... More

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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7 reviews 7 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

It is awesome the history. I love walking the cemetery. Once a year they do a George Washington reinactment that was awesome and all true a must see!! The Christmas with the Moravians is next on my list.

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