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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