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“Old Europe in North Carolina”

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 April 20, 2014

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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Reviewed April 17, 2014 via mobile

If you want to spend a totally worth morning, you just have to get here. Perfect for couples and family. You get that country and comfort feeling everywhere you go. There are both, free and ticket required "attractions" or places within the area. You don't have to pay to get a great time. The fresh apple bread is a MUST, hand made to perfection, just be quick before it's gone, because it will be.

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Reviewed April 16, 2014

Good for people of all ages and you will get as much exercise as you want. Indoor exhibits and plenty of nature. Go to God's Acre and see the beautiful trees as well as the choir orientation for the cemetery. Eat goodies at the bakery and lunch at Salem Tavern (Moravian Chicken Pie!)

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Reviewed April 16, 2014

I live just down the road from here, and love spending the day just walking around. Get away from the day of electronics and go back to when family was most important and hard work meant something. The shops are fun and the history is plentiful. Gosh I sound like a commercial. All in all it's a must see if you are in Winston Salem NC.

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Reviewed April 15, 2014

The homes and buildings that line the several blocks long cobblestone streets in this living "museum" are fascinating in their architecture. All staff at the various opened cottages are very knowledgeable and they are dressed in period costumes. Many of them are often working at the traditional trades of that era. The Winkler Bakery offers delicious treats for purchase and there is a Mayberry's Restaurant housed on the upper level of one of the buildings for a quick lunch. A nice meal is available on the grounds but reservations are recommended. Horse drawn carriage rides are available for a fee.

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