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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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A must for anyone interested in historic settings

The buildings are meticulously maintained in period-appropriate conditions. An absolute joy to see. Stroll down the uneven brick and stone streets and soak in a bit of history... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 26, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

The buildings are meticulously maintained in period-appropriate conditions. An absolute joy to see. Stroll down the uneven brick and stone streets and soak in a bit of history. Don't miss the bakery.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

Excellent visit all the staff were very friendly and knowledgeable. The Harpsichord is a good place to eat - they are expanding to include outside seating.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

loved the old houses and original shops. The graveyard was fascinating. Liked how the guides dressed in authentic clothing.

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Lexington, NC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

In elementary school, Old Salem was one of our field trips. Now, as an adult, you can appreciate the tour thru time. First of all, wear comfortable shoes-there is quite a bit of walking.Yes, they do charge a fee for touring inside the homes and buildings.which will take more time, not to mention the beautiful gardens. They do have a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW via mobile

Old Salem is a very beautiful place to visit if you happen to make your way here or driving through.You won't be disappointed.

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Winston-Salem, North Carolina, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

I love going to Old Salem. Yes there is a fee if you want to do the complete tour and go into all of the buildings and gardens. But if you just want to walk along the beautiful streets and go into the shops and take pictures from the outside of the buildings and over the fences of the gardens... More 

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Gulf Breeze, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

We visited on a Sunday afternoon (too late to go into the Museum), but we did wander the gardens and talk a hike through the woods. Definitely worth a visit!

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

Had 2 hours to kill so decided to walk the old Salem town. Every second building needed a ticket to enter or then was empty. Old town did not feel that lively, actually fairly empty except for some schools on tour. It felt very commercial. Maybe with more time and more interest in museums it would be a different experience,... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

Old Salem is a great place to visit. I'd suggest following the directions they provide on the website as GPS tends to take you there less directly. The Visitors Center is your first stop with a gift shop, restrooms, fudge shop and where you buy your tickets. They give you a ticket to wear around with you for the day... More 

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Huron, OH
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

The history, the stories, imagining what life must have been like for people in that time period. Walking the same streets they did and in some cases eating the same type of food they did was great.

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