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Old Salem Museums & Gardens

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Address: 900 Old Salem Road, Winston Salem, NC 27101
Phone Number: 888-653-7253
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Description: One of America’s most comprehensive history attractions. The museums, the...
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.
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A Treasure in the Heart of Winston-Salem

A true treasure in Winston-Salem. You will feel like you've stepped back in time. It's possible to visit the streets and shop of Old Salem for free, but I would definitely... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 28, 2015
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Durham, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

A true treasure in Winston-Salem. You will feel like you've stepped back in time. It's possible to visit the streets and shop of Old Salem for free, but I would definitely recommend paying admission which allows you access to the inside of many historic buildings, where you may have the chance to see staff in period costume performing chores or... More 

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

Excellent educational experience for the whole family. Walk back in time and see a living city bake bread, make candles, etc. This is the authentic beginning of Winston-Salem, NC.

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

Old Salem is a lovely place to spend the day. We were there on July 4, and there were special events and activities. Highly recommend! Make sure to visit the bakery!

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Truro,cornwall
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

We stayed here in the heart of Old Salem. The Tavern inn had a calm, warm atmosphere and we enjoyed having a drink here while playing dominoes. It reminded me of a pub in my youth in England. Very clean wood floors. You can buy a ticket to go into all the houses and the decorative arts museum at the... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

Ok so I expected a touristy town which is what I got, but I never could imagine one that was this low in quality. We figured we would go visit and spend a day here, but this place turned to be a quick drive thru. I've spent more time at a McDonald's drive thru window than I did this place.... More 

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Asheville
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

I love Old Salem. If you are visiting Winston-Salem for the first time, I would definitely recommend the guided tour. There is so much to learn. If you come during October there are nightly ghost tours where you are guaranteed to see something supernatural! If you are stopping through during Christmas there are plenty of fun activities for the whole... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

We took our 11 yr old Grand-daughters after we found a groupon coupon online. They had been there before on a school trip but we had never been there. They didn't mind going again, they acted as our little tour guides!

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Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

I was born and raised in Winston-Salem, and haven't been there in about 7 years. But I have always loved Old Salem and I was raised at Home church. "George Washington slept here" in one of the buildings and a close friend owns one of those beautiful old homes. The town square park is so refreshing. The cemetery is interesting.... More 

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Wilmington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Revisited Old Salem.. Had visited there 30 years ago ..Love old historic places. My traveling companion had never been there but knew a lot about the history of the Moravians in North Carolina. It is a well maintained historic treasure...Every Tarheel should visit there at least once in their life.

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Saint Petersburg, Florida, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Ok, I'm all for history and learning cool, new things. But this was a snooze-fest. The activities and demonstrations were nothing like the brochure I picked up somewhere. The houses were cool to see, but for the most part, it was pretty dull.

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