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“Spend a Day in 18th Century Salem, NC”

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.
Winston Salem, North Carolina
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“Spend a Day in 18th Century Salem, NC”
Reviewed October 19, 2012

Old Salem is a living history museum community in Winston-Salem, NC. It highlights the Moravian settlement of Salem, NC in the 1700s and how their way of life contributed to the Twin City combination of Winston-Salem. Although, entrance into the museum houses require paid admission, visitors can stroll the main street of Old Salem to absorb the atmosphere of 18th century North Carolina without charge. The Winkle Bakery (no admission required) is a MUST stop to observe town baking as well as snapping up some of the Bakery's specialities - Moravian Sugarcake, Moravian cookies, home-made breads - Onion, Rosemary Garlic, and Honeywheat among others. If you do go, plan to spend the entire day to give yourself enough time to visit the buildings and chat with costumed interpreters, sample the bakery, and relax over a Moravian meal at The Salem Tavern. There is much history relative to our nation, not just local history, to appeal to visitors of all ages. Although this is the perfect family day-out, the buildings are NOT stroller friendly. Stroller are parked outside each building on the tour, so plan accordingly and bring along the baby carrier. If you have only a couple of hours, you can stop by to stroll the peaceful streets, browse the gift shops, and Bakery, and have a bite to eat.

Visited September 2012
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Winter Garden, Florida
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“Stroll along time”
Reviewed October 7, 2012

We were there early on a Sunday before anyone else and just strolled up and down the streets ending up in the tavern for tea. Great way to spend the morning.

Visited October 2012
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“Definitely THE reason to go to Winston Salem”
Reviewed October 2, 2012

This is an historic gem, a few blocks that are so well preserved, so well cared for, so beautiful to walk through that everyone should make sure to see it. Walking around Old Salem is even better in the early morning or after dusk when all is quiet, and the costumed workers are all at home.

Visited September 2012
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“Great history!”
Reviewed September 27, 2012

Walked all around Old Salem. Felt like I was back in time. Very peaceful. I read about the Moravian's before I had went. So I could understand better while I walked through their town. Had a couple shops for food and gift shops. Also convenient to God's Ache and Salem Cemetery. Worth the visit. Great for all ages. Also, you can walk back into town easily on a path that they have that leads you right downtown. About a mile's walk and it was beautiful.

Visited September 2012
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“Old Salem”
Reviewed September 27, 2012

Everything. We came two days so we wouldn't miss anything. Maggie and I enjoyed the film as well as the museum. Rest rooms were clean I might mention.

Visited September 2012
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