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“Neat historical area!” 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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Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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.
Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania
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“Neat historical area!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013 via mobile

We stopped at Old Salem on our way to western NC. This little colonia area is a must see! Very well kept and rich with history. We bought a snack at one of the bakeries and the food was amazing!

Visited July 2013
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Raleigh, Nc
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“Remarkable step back into history”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2013

We had been here once before but only to walk around and enjoy the architecture and Old Salem Tavern. But when I saw a groupon to enjoy all the museums, homes and churches; I jumped on it. It was way much more than we had expected and you need quite a bit of time to take it all in. I appreciate all the time the brothers and sisters spent with us creating a historical experience. The church is simply stunning and the food at Old Salem Tavern quite satisfying and would totally recommend.

Visited August 2013
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Durham, North Carolina
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“Outstanding Architecture”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013

My husband and I visited Old Salem in August, and it was clearly the off-season. We were able to find parking in the town, and walk around without paying the visitors fee. We just couldn't enter any of the buildings. This wasn't a major loss, since we were really there to enjoy the beautiful old buildings and grounds. I thought the buildings were more interesting than Williamsburg. Definitely worth a stop.

Visited August 2013
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“Nice, but I'm not sure it would be worth the $$”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2013

We went there this weekend (8/10/2013) and even though it was a Saturday there weren't a lot of buildings open like there was supposed to be. Maybe it was because it wasn't a special weekend, but I couldn't imagine paying the full price ($21 for adults) just to go into two or three buildings. My husband is active duty military, so we got in for free. I just thought there would be more open/going on that really was.

On a side note: you should know that this place is NOT stroller or wheel chair friendly. We didn't learn thin until AFTER we arrived at the visitor center and parked. Navigating through the streets was a nightmare with a stroller.

We'll probably go back in the future, but only when there's something special going on.

Visited August 2013
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OldSalemInc, Public Relations Manager at Old Salem Museums & Gardens, responded to this review, August 12, 2013
We're sorry you found only two or three buildings open when visiting Old Salem Museums & Gardens this past Saturday. Did you check in at the Visitor Center and receive a visitor map listing the 13 exhibit buildings and 9 additional retail shops and restaurants that were open that day? (http://www.oldsalem.org/hours-of-operation) Please share with us which buildings you found to be closed so that we can follow up with our facility and educational staff.
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“Old Salem: Colonial Life in the Midst of a Post Modern World”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2013

It is difficult for the visitor not to be transposed back to simpler at Winston-Salem's Old Salem. The official tour begins at the newly constructed center and leads the curious over a long bridge, depositing the inquisitive in the south part of the town. Here lies the black church and cemetery; like most southern communities Old Salem had slaves also.The Tavern offers lunch and dinner and the Winkler Bakery, even open on Sunday, revels on delicious sugar cakes, Moravian cookies, and specialty breads like the popular rosemary garlic loaf. This was - and still is, a Moravian town, clean and quaint. House are open for viewing as is the magnificent church. Gardens, including vegetable gardens, fill the open areas. Interpreters explain what life was like. If you travel through Winston Salem, it is a worthwhile stop.

Visited July 2013
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