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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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One of America’s most comprehensive history attractions. The museums...

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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Enjoyable Visit to 18th Century Moravian Settlement

This is both an educational and entertaining historical site. It is an actual area of homes and shops, not a recreation. Staff is dressed in Moravian dress and describing the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Tallahassee, Fl
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Tallahassee, Fl
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is both an educational and entertaining historical site. It is an actual area of homes and shops, not a recreation. Staff is dressed in Moravian dress and describing the life and times of the inhabitants of Old Salem. For a $20 entry fee you have unlimited access to the shops, restaurants, museums, and the historic buildings in which there... More 

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Littleton, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Interesting experience as people were dressed in period costume and told about the settlement in the 1800's up.

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Franklin, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Our trip was a wonderful experience walking in and out of the towns and seeing the gardens. Costumed tradesmen and women recreate the life of that period of time. We went into Single Brothers House 1769/1786, Winker Bakery 1800, and Miksch Gardens and House 1771, Most exhibit buildings in the historic area require a ticket. Their Visitor Center is interesting... More 

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Aberdeen, NC
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

I had not been to Old Salem since I was a teenager so it was nice to go back and enjoy it as a adult. It is a wonderful place for young and old. It's easy to see in half a day, or you can spend longer if you take the time to do all the reading of plaques, etc.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is an excellent walking tour through old buildings with people dressed in period costumes. We especially found the gunsmith shop fascinating. It's not real handicap accessible, but we did see one guy getting around in a wheelchair and another with a electric scooter.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Old Salem is very charming. There were lots of nice shops with reasonably priced souvenirs and local crafts. The only disappointment was the fact that The Tavern was the only place for lunch and the crowds were lined up in the streets with wait times more than an hour. The atmosphere of the town is very quaint. We ended up... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was so worth the 1 1/2 hr. trip to get there. We were lucky enough to see it decorated for Christmas. They have night tours during this time. The food in the tavern was exceptional. The tours in the homes was interesting. The staff was very knowledgable when asked questions. We became members so we can go over &... More 

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Baltimore, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

On a beautiful fall Saturday, we were pleasantly surprised by this early nineteenth century village tucked in the city of Winston Salem right off Route 40. Walking the hills and cobblestone streets, we enjoyed the old architecture and home gardens bursting with Swiss Chard, herbs, and onions. The buildings were very interesting. Some of the buildings dated before 1800. Our... More 

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Matthews, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited Old Salem today for the first time and wish we'd visited years ago. It is a well-preserved Moravian community from the late 1770's. Houses and museums are well-staffed with knowledgeable people; many in period dress. We ate lunch in the tea room and only had a short wait for a table. Menu is mostly cold sandwiches but the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were in Greensboro for an auction. Had the day to explore. Went to Historic Salem. Amazing!! Husband and so. Really enjoyed the gun smith house. Watching them make those old gun replicas from Pure wood with all of it hand made. AMAZING!!!

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