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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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Carrboro, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

The museum is such a great place to become steeped into those olden days! I am so happy we took the time to make this trip - well worth it!

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North Carolina
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

We had no idea what to expect and had put off taking the time to stop. Big mistake - should have taken the time to see this lovely locations years ago and will definitely be doing it in the future. A lovely walk - I see people complaining but about what really - you're given the opportunity to step back... More

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Rutherfordton, North Carolina
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30 reviews 30 reviews
7 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

My wife and I have been planning on seeing Old Salem for over two years now and we finally made it!.... and were very disappointed. Although the original homes were well restored and taken care of, they are still private residences and with this comes personal cars parked on the roads which I thought took away from the nostalgia of... More

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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96 reviews 96 reviews
30 attraction reviews
168 helpful votes 168 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

I expected more, a lot more. It's a pretty area with a lot of old houses, a bakery, and a garden. It's not really for young people.

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Mooresville, North Carolina, United States
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30 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

Old Salem is a unique place to visit in NC which harkens back to Winston-Salem's Moravian heritage. In Old Salem you can stroll freely around several blocks that will take you back in time. In the summer you'll see folks in costume tending the gardens and on Saturday mornings you'll find a bustling farmer's market there.

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Winston Salem, North Carolina
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

Step back in time and learn about the Moravian Settlers who migrated here from Moravia (in the east of the Czech Republic) originally, and from the local colonies at local Bethabara and Bethania, in the late 1700's. From educating their women, to candle making, to dying clothes, to how they watered their horses, this is a living history museum and... More

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San Cristobal de las Casas, Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

As an expatriate from the U.S., I found on my return that so much needs to be taken in by car. I so enjoyed the stroll along the Old Salem treed Greenway and through the old town among the well-kept traditional clapboard and red brick homes.

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Clemmons, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

I went to Old Salem with a group of fellow employees. We seemed to be walking in the footsteps of the early Moravian settlers of Salem (prior to the Winston Salem days). You can close your eyes and breathe in history. During the holidays, Old Salem is a wonderful place to explore and enjoy the season. If you visit, check... More

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Beckley, West Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

It's very interesting to walk through Old Salem and go into the different structures and see the recreation of life in the Moravian community. There is a park in the center where you can enjoy the treats you can get from Winkler's Bakery. Don't miss the sugar cakes or the sugar cookies! Just don't think about the calories.

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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30 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

This is a good all day experience for adults and young people. It shows the lifestyle and foods of the Moravians. It is very well kept up and has good food especially the bakery. The genuine place to get fresh ginger cookies and sugar cakes. Easier to navigate than Williamsburg,VA but I recommend both places.

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