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“Beautiful Restorations - Interesting Exhibits - Friendly Staff & Guides”

Old Salem Museums & Gardens
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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.
Reviewed February 9, 2012

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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Reviewed February 6, 2012

Also, they have wonderful Moravian tea and hotcross buns at Eastertime, and I recommend it for scout troops, families with children. etc.

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Reviewed February 5, 2012

Surprised my husband for our anniversary with dinner at the Tavern and a Haunted Tour of the town for Halloween and we stayed overnight at the Salem Inn. Old Salem homemade baked goodies for breakfast... very nice!!

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Reviewed February 5, 2012

Great atmosphere, pleasant staff, delicious food. Check the website for times and specials.

Thank marge1970
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Reviewed February 2, 2012

A piece of history to see how the living conditions were back then. The ladies do a great job telling you the history and letting you share the experience, however, most trades are not able to be seen at work-maybe only one or two on most days.

Thank mongooseadvancenc
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