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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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"Loved Old Salem"

Loved the living history walk, lunch at The Tavern, and we never leave without a visit to the Winkler Bakery.

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 27, 2015
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Goldsboro, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

Loved the living history walk, lunch at The Tavern, and we never leave without a visit to the Winkler Bakery.

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Winston Salem, North Carolina
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3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015 via mobile

For the historically curious traveler, old Salem is an excellent choice. Not overwhelming or exhausting to visit-- one is treated to the fascinating facts of the industrious, pious, and faithful Moravians who settled in the NC colony in 1753.

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Davidson, North Carolina
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

Be sure to visit the bakery for their onion loaf and sugar cake! Otherwise, this place is incredible! The only thing that was so so about this unique family experience was the food at The Tavern. It was OK, as was the service, but still worth trying. Great walking tour through history; we really enjoyed ourselves!!!

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4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

A lovely walking and historic visit . The staff were very friendly and very knowledgeable about the area and its history. We ate at the old Tavern restaurant and ate outside. You do need reservations. This is the only restaurant on site except for the bakery which had yummy breads and sweets. It would have been nice to eat outside... More 

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Spartanburg, South Carolina
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21 reviews 21 reviews
12 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

This is a truly entertaining and education place for the whole family. There are several well preserved and reconstructed colonial and post-colonial buildings. The staff were all very friendly and knowledgeable. Well worth a visit.

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Lewisville, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

Love spending the afternoon visiting Old Salem. Such a pleasure traveling back in time. The staff in all locations are such a pleasure to work with. They have farmers market there on Saturdays during the year also. If you have a few hours take a trip there.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014 via mobile

My suggestion; eat before you arrive. The old Tavern restaurant had a 2 hour wait! Really? And that's it. A new restaurant just opened but they were out of certain food items at 4 PM. Very apologetic but out of certain foods didn't change? Property not really geared for the wee ones. Beautiful location but many historic buildings are privately... More 

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Huntersville, North Carolina
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

I have been to Colonial Williamsburg many times and discovered Old Salem this year when I moved to the area. I have been three times since October. It is so interesting! Each time I learn more about Moravians. The staff is knowledgeable about the history and I have seen many of the same employees, which speaks for how they hire... More 

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orlando
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

This was our first visit to this historical town and we absolutely thought it was first class. It rates up there with historic Williamsburg, although we'd never heard of it before. There are so many preserved homes and buildings; and each is marked as to its year. There are reenactors in the homes, ready and willing to share the history... More 

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014

Our fourth visit to Old Salem was our best. We went farther from the beaten path and saw a couple of houses for the first time. The docents are really well informed and were eager to talk to us. The artisans were particularly good at their arts and crafts and at explaining what they were doing. From sources for raw... More 

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