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“Nice, but I'm not sure it would be worth the $$”

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 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.

Thank KT0218
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OldSalemInc, Public Relations Manager at Old Salem Museums & Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 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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Reviewed August 7, 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.

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Reviewed August 4, 2013

It was all very nice and the staff is very kind and knowledgeable. There is a lot to see and learn. We went on a rainy day, but had a great time anyway.

Thank Mara D
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Reviewed August 4, 2013

Old Salem took a bit to find but it was well worth it. We were there on a day when a lot of the shops were closed but there were also very few visitors so it was peaceful with no lineups. Lots of walking and a ton to see, as Canadians we found it very interesting to read all about the area and see the buildings. It is a MUST SEE when in the area.

Thank Laura289
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Reviewed August 1, 2013

A place to visit while in Winston-Salem,NC would certainly be Old Salem. You get a chance to see the homes and business that existed many years ago. You get to see in many cases what life was like in this historic town. The people that live there and work there all dress in clothing of the times when this was a small village just getting started before it became Winston-Salem. You can also sample some of the food just as it was prepared hundreds of years ago. Definately a place to visit if you are staying in Winston-Salem for a few dAY'S.

Thank Adwyre
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