Old Salem has beautiful restorations of late 18th through mid 19th century buildings. The buildings are mixed in with private residences. It is interesting to see people living within a historic district. My most recent trip included tours of the Printers and Photographers exhibit in the John C. Blum House and the Single Brothers House.
The display captions in the Blum House are concise and well written. The exhibit with old cameras is well done. The tour guide was knowledgeable about the career of John Blum.
The Single Brothers House is the largest tour building. It starts with an informative description of the classes, or "choirs," that this Moravian community used to group people together by age and gender. The rest of the building has rooms that feature the various trades that were practiced in Salem.
I also visited the museum in the Single Sisters House, which is now the admissions building for Salem College. The Moravians were progressive in their pursuit of education for women.
The Visitors Center is impressive. The restored organs in the Visitors Center and the Single Brothers House are beautiful. The staff and tour guides were all helpful and friendly.
There is a fee to tour the buildings. There is no fee to walk around the village. Photography is permitted inside most exhibits.
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