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“Friendly, helpful, and filled with interesting details” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Old Salem Museums & Gardens

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.
New Jersey
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187 reviews
48 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
“Friendly, helpful, and filled with interesting details”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 1, 2012

The people at the visitors center had lots of information. We discovered that they discounted a Sunday afternoon visit, as there were few hours left, yet we managed to see a lot of Old Salem. The Center had many informative exhibits...I need to return to see some more of them. Because the Moravians documented every detail of their lives, the Center has interesting, accurate, and diverse exhibits with lots of human interest...they even know the inhabitants' personalities!

Visited August 2011
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Winston Salem, North Carolina
2 reviews
“Awesome gift shop!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 1, 2012

Awesome gift shop, clean bathrooms, friendly and knowlegeable staff.

Visited December 2011
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Canton OH
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52 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Interesting Moravian town”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 28, 2012

As my husband would say, we've seen our share of historic villages. Visiting our son in his new city for the first time, we wanted to see this popular site but only had part of an afternoon, so we chose to walk around on our own rather than purchase passes. So admittedly, we missed a lot of the insides of the buildings...but my husband says he's not paying to watch any more yarn spinning! In general, I was impressed by the variety of buildings and that they were originals, not reproduction structures. The Visitors Center was very educational, and free. The shops and bakery were free also. Worth a stop.

Visited April 2012
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Springfield, IL
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246 reviews
131 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 136 helpful votes
“Nice Historic Area”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 24, 2012

We got to Old Salem just after lunch and soon realized that we didn't have enough time in our schedule to see it all. We took a tour of the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts. Then we wandered around the village. In the Single Brothers house we saw a demonstration of tailoring. Having been to dozens of historic sites and seen more blacksmiths than I can count it was very interesting to have something very different interpreted. There was also a gunsmith. We were able to go into the Moravian Church and learn more about the Moravians than we wanted to know. We also toured several other housed until they closed for the day. We went back for a couple hours the next morning but since we didn't want to pay again we were just able to go to the cemetary, see the outside of some more buildings, and do some shopping. I highly recommend Old Salem and suggest devoting most of a day if you are a history buff.

Visited April 2012
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Greensboro, North Carolina
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82 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Interesting... Educational... Fun”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 24, 2012

A great family venue for families with children 8 and older. Start at the center for a pre-visit show and then decide whether to see the free or paid attractions. We went on a weekday and chose the free ones but that was because a number of the locations requiring payment to enter were closed that day. Once orientated, we proceeded over a covered bridge into the original village of Salem, NC, (no witch burning here), that eventually merged with the city of Winston, NC. Founded as a Moravian colony, the history is everywhere. Don't miss the two churches on site.

Visited May 2012
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