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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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16 reviews 16 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

We stopped by one evening on our way to the beach. It was a very eclectic mix of historic heritage privately owned homes and working historical businesses. Many of the businesses were closed but we at dessert at the tavern and they were very accommodating to our young children. Tip - if visiting on a summer evening bring bug repellant.... More

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Southfield, Michigan
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18 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

We came late in the afternoon so were not able to go inside some of the shops and museum, but just driving around the area, we saw some beautiful old homes and shops. We loved seeing all the various old American flags. would love to come back and explore more!

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Bedford, Virginia
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20 reviews 20 reviews
13 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

We did not know about Old Salem and was very surprised at how quaint the town was. It reminded me of Williamsburg. The day was excellent and we enjoyed the walk down the old cobblestone sidewalks and seeing the gardens, and watching the making of shoes, pottery etc. I was so amazed at how they are training the young people... More

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Vero Beach, Florida
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154 reviews 154 reviews
42 attraction reviews
108 helpful votes 108 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Our family group of seven (ages 6 to 72) visited Old Salem and everyone had an absolutely wonderful time. Overall, we highly recommend a visit to this wonderful, old Moravian village in the midst of Winston-Salem! There is no charge to visit the shops. However, if you would like to enjoy the museum, any of the tours or the demonstrations,... More

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Houston, Texas
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49 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

We took a day to explore this quaint little town while visiting from Houston. We visited on a Sunday, so it seemed like alot of the shops were closed for whatever reason. It kept of occupied for a day exploring the old Moravian settlement. The kids enjoyed it too.

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Winston Salem, North Carolina
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12 reviews 12 reviews
10 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Old Salem is a breath of fresh air. It is small so don't plan on the place taking that long. But the history is amazing and you will learn a lot!

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Lexington, North Carolina
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24 reviews 24 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Great place to visit for a walk around the historic area or take the whole tour. MESDA is wonderful.

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New York
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140 reviews 140 reviews
24 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

We spent a great day here visiting the museum and the historic town. The docents are very well informed and make your visit worthwhile. Very picturesque too! Visit the bakery. The bread is delicious.

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Reading, Pennsylvania
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21 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

It is definitely not Williamsburg, but worthwhile a visit. The docents were dressed in period costumes and quite knowledgeable. The buildings were authentic, the shops nicely done and nice vegetable and herb gardens. The bakery has awesome pound cake and cookies...worth straying from my diet. The Tavern is definitely the place to dine!

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Houston, Texas
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40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

The Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts at the Old Salem Museum offers guided tours (45 minutes) of amazing antiques appealing to those who love beautiful furniture pieces, embroidery, maps and ceramics. Extended tours of 1-3 hours are available to see many other antiques not on the 45 minute tours by calling in advance to reserve. Purchase tickets online for... More

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