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“Winston-Salem's Best Tourist Attraction” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Old Salem Museums & Gardens

Old Salem Museums & Gardens
900 Old Salem Road, Winston Salem, NC 27101
888-653-7253
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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.
Winston Salem, North Carolina
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“Winston-Salem's Best Tourist Attraction”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

History buff or not, everyone loves stepping back in time to the 1700's in the Moravian settlement of Salem. A family can easily spend the entire day in Old Salem, and although some demonstrations charge a viewing fee, most of the attractions are free. The horse-drawn carriage rides, the staff dressed in period costumes, the buidings restored and preserved all bring the era back to life. And do NOT pass up the Winkler Bakery for freshly baked Moravian sugar cake, cookies and breads, baked in the original hearth. The bakery smell alone can make your mouth water.

Visited May 2013
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“Very good historical place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013 via mobile

Have been there several times and enjoyed each time. The history behind Moravian settlement is very interesting. In December they held a lovefest that was very entertaining

Visited December 2012
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“Just the Streets, Not the Museum”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

When visitors come to town, one of the places we recommend they visit is Old Salem. Please note that I left off the words Museum and Gardens. Just a walk through the streets is enough to instruct visitors about what it was like when the Moravians settled this town in 1766. Strolling through Salem is healthy, informative, and, best of all, free.

If you visit, be sure to visit the bakery, where they still bake breads in an open, wood-fired oven. Also take a moment to walk to the top of the hill (a very gentle slope) to see God's Acre, where Moravians, including my wife's parents, have been buried since Colonial days.

Salem College, the nation's oldest exclusively female undergraduate institution abuts Old Salem. A walk through their grounds is very relaxing as well. And free.

Don't get me wrong, the museum is almost certainly as good as other reviewers have characterized it. It's just that when people come visiting, it's nice to send (or take) them to an attraction with this much history and authenticity and not ask them to pay.

Visited May 2013
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“Going back in time”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

If you love history and beautiful old buildings, you will surely enjoy Old Salem. Be sure to check out the bakery, the museum, and take a paid tour. Go when the weather is not too hot, so you can stroll down the streets and take a carriage ride. Be sure to check out the shops for interesting items to bring home with you. Take a camera and capture the beauty of the old architecture. Enjoy!

Visited August 2012
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“The Real Deal”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

Old Salem is a living piece of history. When you visit the museums, public buildings, college campus, town square, you are experiencing an unembellished view of life in Colonial North Carolina. Unlike other historical replica communities, Old Salem is as real today as it was 200 years ago. If you visit, be sure to walk through "God's Acre," the Moravian cemetery. If you are lucky enough to be in Winston-Salem on Easter weekend, you can experience a traditional Moravian Easter Sunrise Service at God's Acre.

There is a fee to enter certain buildings but Old Salem is a public neighborhood.

Visited May 2013
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