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“Go back in time to 1766”

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 May 28, 2014

Lovely restored village with blacksmith, bakery, ice cream shop, ceramic shop, furniture maker, schoolhouse, etc. Guides dressed in costumes appropriate for 1766 Moravian settlers (originally from Pennsylvania) are busy in these old and restored buildings doing what they would have done back in those times. Across the street is the wonderful campus of Salem College and Academy. This is the oldest continually operating institution for women's education in the United States.
It is a top women's college graduating extraordinary scholars and citizens.

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Reviewed May 15, 2014

We spent about an hour in the museum finding out about the settlement of Salem by the Moravians in the mid 1700's. A fascinating story. The village is also worth a walk-thru. There are lots of preserved old buildings and shops and demonstrations. Interpreters demonstrate early woodworking, gun smithing, baking, etc. Most of these require a ticket that covers all. Some are open to anyone.

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Reviewed May 13, 2014 via mobile

I and my wife walked here from the Brookstown Hotel (about 1/2 mile) late in the day and everything but the tavern was closed. It's a really nice area, full of original and rebuilt structures and gardens and we would've liked to have spent more time there (with everything open) to explore it.

Thank Michael F
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Reviewed May 11, 2014

Ive been waiting all year to attend the sunrise Easter service! Meanwhile, I choose to enjoy a mild walk around the Salem Museums and Gardens, enjoying the NC sun as we noticed many workers hard at work to prepare the Salem gardens. Was looking for wind chimes, and found exactly what I wanted in the adorable garden shop! it's sooo worth your free time to go back in time!

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Reviewed May 10, 2014

This "step back in time" is well worth a visit to learn how early settlers to American lived and worked. Especially recommend a visit to the doctor's home and office. Fascinating to learn how the treated illnesses, etc. Almost every shop or house was fascinating. Our favorite was the bakery (could not resist buying some products), but the gun maker, cobbler, tailor and potter were close runners up. The on-site, costumed historians & volunteers were knowledgeable and fun with whom to talk. The tavern serves a nice lunch, but make reservations in advance or expect to wait, especially if large tour groups arrive. The village is located on a hill, so suggest going immediately to the top of the hill and visit the doctor's home and see the cemetery (men buried in one section, women in another) and then work your way down the hill. Allow plenty of time, suggest an entire day, as we only had about three hours, we did not have time to see the museum.

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