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Old Salem Museums & Gardens

Address: 900 Old Salem Road, Winston Salem, NC 27101
Phone Number: 888-653-7253
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Museums
Owner description: One of America’s most comprehensive history attractions. The museums, the Historic Town of Salem...
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Type: Historic Sites, Museums
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.

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99 reviews 99 reviews
20 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 NEW

My wife asked me what I liked best about Old Salem. After reflection, I said everything but especially the people who were playing the roles of 18th century craftsman and guides. The historical buildings and setting is wonderful, especially if you are interested in early American cultures and communities that have been founded on some religious tenets. Salem was founded... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014 via mobile

Christmas Candle Tea is a wonderful look at the Moravian history and culture and a nice Christmas tradition by the volunteers at Home Moravian Church. Only complaint is long lines (2 hours or more). Surely there is a way to sell tickets on site for a time certain and let people wander about Old Salem and spend some money at... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

My family recently visited Old Salem. I had expected an experience similar to Colonial Williamsburg on a smaller scale but I am afraid that Old Salem fell quite short of expectations. Although I was informed that you could enter the town for free, I was also told that there was a variety of shops and exhibits that required a ticket.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014 via mobile

Old Salem is a public place. You can enter and look around the visitors center and around the town for nary a dime. Some of the shops, such as the silversmith or gunsmith, are only open to those who bought a ticket at the visitors center, but the bakery and other shops are open to anyone who might walk by.... More 

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Fayetteville, North Carolina
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57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014 via mobile

Spent an afternoon strolling the streets of Old Salem. Lunch at The Tavern..stopped in every museum that was open. My favorite ? The Bakery. Saw the cobbler, a potter, seamstress, etc..Their period dress & knowledge of the Moravian history was charming. I am grateful that this settlement has been preserved so well.

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Winston Salem, North Carolina, USA
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15 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

If you have any interest in history, Old Salem is a mandatory destination. Beautiful, historical architecture and tours highlighting the life of the settlers of the Community are high points. The trees, landscaping and gardens are beautiful. And the tavern is an excellent restaurant.

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Ormond Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

The Christmas tour is very enjoyable. The reenactments are so very real, you can just feel what it was like living in those. They do a super job showing how candles are made, and the traditional Christmas hymns were so nice. This is a must see when you are in Winston Salem, NC.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

If you are in Winston-Salem, Old Salem is definitely a visit to make. The visitors center has a lot of great information and is the perfect starting point. From the cobblestone streets to Salem College to the quaint, charming buildings and people, Old Salem is rich in history and sites to see.

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Georgia
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10 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Once you turn the corner, your world becomes a place where time appears to stand still as you walk the cobbled streets along this community and visit the gardens, dine at the local tavern and worship at the community church. And if you have a chance to soak in the "culture" through classes offered by the Friends of the Garden... More 

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Raleigh
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

If you're in the area, Old Salem is an afternoon well spent. We also took the holiday Candlelight Tour and we found that very interesting. Not a lot of walking, but a lot of history learned during the hour long tour. Treats too!

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