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Address: South Church Street at Cemetery Street, Winston Salem, NC 27101
Phone Number: 336-722-6504
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Very interesting place to visit!

I really enjoyed the visit to God's Acre, a Moravian Cemetery in Old Salem. The history and tradition is very interesting: To this day, the Moravians bury their dead not in... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 12, 2015
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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18 reviews 18 reviews
10 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

I really enjoyed the visit to God's Acre, a Moravian Cemetery in Old Salem. The history and tradition is very interesting: To this day, the Moravians bury their dead not in families, but chronologically, segregated by gender, age and marital status--reflecting how they worship. All the graves are the same showing that in death all are equal -- with none... More 

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Tilghman, Maryland
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014

The simple grave markers arranged chronologically and separated by gender and marital status, as are the choirs in the church for the living, is unique to the Moravians and was very intriguing.

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Winston Salem, North Carolina, USA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

A cemetery probably isn't what most people think about as a tourist attraction, but this cemetery is worth a visit, particularly as part of a visit to Old Salem. It is a beautiful, peaceful spot, and it is very interesting to observe the progression of memorials through time. A great spot for a quiet, contemplative stroll.

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Winston Salem, North Carolina
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

This may be the oddest thing I've ever reviewed, but I frequently walk through this cemetary when I have free time at lunch. It's very peaceful. A sign tells you that Moravians worship in "circles". You join a circle, you pray with that circle, instead of with your family. Men are in different ones than women. When you die, you're... More 

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Newland, North Carolina
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

You seem to get a sense of peace when you visit this cemetary, and it is beautifully kept. We have friends who are resting here. All graves are marked, exactly the same way, and all people are considered the same.

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Stokesdale, North Carolina
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

A great place to stroll in peace and tranquility. The lives of all the past Moravians here in a final resting place seems the perfect conclusion to a trip to Old Salem. I am sure many people visiting Old Salem are unaware of this quiet corner tucked away on a side street.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

This place is worth walking or taking a run through. It is very calming. It was also interesting looking at the grave stones . It is so well kept and respectful to the deceased and their families.

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Winston Salem, North Carolina
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

This is an unusual and beautiful graveyard - uplifting, oddly enough. If you've walked through Old Salem, this seems like a fitting part of that.

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Guildford, United Kingdom
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

I like cemeteries. This one did not disappoint. Spread out was a neat philosophy of how to approach life, and death. All the neat and uniform headstones - we were looking for the people who had come from Europe and it was interesting to see where the original Moravians, and the converts along the way, had come from. Easy location... More 

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Jacksonville, Florida
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

God's Acre wasn't even on our Old Salem map, but the lady at the Visitor's Center suggested it, and we're glad she did. Not having families buried together was new to us, but it demonstrated the influence and practices of the Moravian church. The graveyard is beautiful, as photos show, but spend time reading the gravestones, most with Scriptural quotes,... More 

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