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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

We really enjoyed our visit to Old Salem this weekend. Note that on Sundays they open later and close earlier and the hands-on activities are held on other days. (They also aren't open on Mondays) Because we had a family groupon, I didn't mind missing a few things, and intend to go back another time when it's cooler and there is more to see. Our children, ages, 9 and 13, enjoyed it, but were worn out after we finished, three hours later.

The historical interpreters were good about engaging you in conversation & answering questions, which I REALLY appreciated. My husband was interested in stopping for a snack in the tavern, but it was rather busy & closed early (they're just open for brunch). If you bring a water bottle, you can refill it near the fire house with a hand pump - fun for the kids! We stopped in the bakery & bought a sugar cake, which was a lot like a coffee bread with brown sugar on the top.

One last tip - some of the buildings are private & people actually live in them. Be careful about peeking in the windows!

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Reviewed May 28, 2014

Close to downtown Winston and I-40 Business, Old Salem is worth the time to visit if you are in the area. Old Salem,like Reynolda House is closed on Mondays and open only half the day on Sunday. The ticket price can be steep for all features inc the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts (Furniture for us peons) but includes tours inside the buildings and will take several hours to see it all.Check the Old Salem site for details and discounts. It makes a good option for a rainy day, but some less domesticated children may not fully appreciate the full tour, so plan accordingly. It's not Colonial Williamsburg, but you can just walk through early in the A.M. or after the sites close and visit the shops. Don't miss Winkler's Bakery. Try some sugar cake.
Fourth St. several blocks to the north is the main drag for the lunch and dinner option. It is close by and borders the artsy district. Enjoy the variety of road surfaces and parking options thanks to hindsight of our civic leaders. Money was spent on a new ballpark instead,honoring the long - held tradition of southern cronyism.

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Reviewed May 28, 2014 via mobile

I always describe Old Salem as a more accessible, less commercialized Williamsburg. Very interesting docents. Always learn something new.

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Reviewed May 28, 2014

Old Salem is a must for any history buffs and just another wonderful reason to visit Winston Salem; Old Salem isn't far from Winston Salem's arts district full of wonderful shops and restaurants. Christmas time is a favorite time to visit Old Salem with the Candle Tea and Christmas in Old Salem and learn about the Moravians. Walking around is free; however, some buildings and naturally guided tours there is a fee.

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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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