Old Salem is an outstanding educational and historical attraction. Each business/home has a docent or docents that tell you about the building and act as the person that would have worked or lived at the building. We saw a gunsmith, shoemaker, doctor/pharmacist, baker, candlemaker, roof tile potter, etc. We saw an old printing press (close up), very old pump organ was played for us, bread baked, tiles being fired, shoes being repaired, etc. Extremely engaging and educational. Be advised that much of the tour is uphill or downhill and the brick sidewalks are very uneven in places. There are also steps and stairs into and throughout many of the buildings. It would be hard for someone in a wheelchair or with mobility issues to fully enjoy many of these attractions. Another warning is about food. There is very little food/drinks available. This is truly a historic area and is not very commercialized like you are used to seeing. There is a tavern that serves lunch and dinner but there was over an hour wait for lunch so we were not able to eat there. There is a sandwich/ice cream shop upstairs above Winkler's Bakery. Our food was good and reasonably priced at the sandwich shop. I had a very good hot dog "all the way". They also had good soup (the day we visited they had ham/bean and broccoli/cheese. Winkler's Bakery is outstanding albeit busy. They have sugar cakes, pound cakes, thin Moravian cookies in various flavors, breads, fruit cakes, and more. Very tasty and high quality baked goods for sure. They also had some soft drinks and bottled water available. In the visitor's center they have drinks/snacks available too (like popcorn, fudge, and the like).
I have visited many historical areas such as Williamsburg and Mystic. Old Salem is just as beautiful and educational as those areas, but on a much smaller scale.
PS. They have nice bathroom facilities located strategically throughout the village.
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