Old Salem is place out of time. I am surprised it is not a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as I've traveled to others and find Old Salem just as worthy of the designation. Cobblestones, hand-hewn half-timbering, a rich, authentic paint scheme (available exclusively through Sherwin Williams, btw), and costumed interpreters set the scene. But for all its aesthetic charms, what makes Old Salem especially invaluable to the American Experience is the exceptional knowledge about the people who settled here — Moravians, who were obsessive-compulsive record keepers and archivists. Moravian sounds so exotic and remote, but these people were Germanic and for those of us who claim any Germanic ancestry, their story resonates. There is always something of interest for for visitors of all ages and interests: the oldest, continuously operating gun shop is at Old Salem. For gardeners, design and architecture enthusiasts, genealogists, history buffs, bakers, it's all there. The Old Salem Puppet Theatre is absolutely delightful for der kinder kleinen. As with most things, Old Salem is best, most richly experienced below the surface. Spend at least a day. Buy the ticket. Do the tour and experience the inner context of the place. It is well worth it.
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