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Old Salem Museums & Gardens

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Address: 900 Old Salem Road, Winston Salem, NC 27101
Phone Number: +1 888-653-7253
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One of America’s most comprehensive history attractions. The museums, the...

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.

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This is a great location to just slow down and relax. Get out of your car and walk the streets first built in the 1700s. Usually is fairly quiet here with the occasional school... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a great location to just slow down and relax. Get out of your car and walk the streets first built in the 1700s. Usually is fairly quiet here with the occasional school group. There is a small women's college here, but it's a fairly quiet campus. There are business to visit including a bakery (great cookies and bread),... More 

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a delightful original/restored Moravian town from the 18th/19th century with southern charm and hospitality. We went on a fall Sunday before everything really opened (1 pm) and it was quiet and beautiful with autumn foliage. No tour buses yet. Had an earlyish brunch at the Tavern (recommended) and then toured the exhibits. Several of the old buildings (gunsmith,... More 

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Alton, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was very enjoyable to walk in historic Old Salem. The architecture is beautiful, especially the college buildings. The Moravian cemetery proved very interesting. Charming.

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New Castle, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My wife and I love to visit charming old places, and Old Salem is such a place. We spent much of the day learning about the Moravians, going into the the restored houses, which had docents to entertain and inform us about the old ways. The old tavern was crowded, but did take reservations, so we were able to enjoy... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I've been coming to Old Salem ever since I was a kid. I enjoyed it then and I enjoy it even more now. There's a restaurant, bakery, and tea/dessert place in Old Salem as well. You can also look at Salem College while you're there. A great day trip and its great at any part of the year. Christmas it's... More 

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Greenville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I had been to Old Salem as a kid on school trips but this was a first for my husband. We really enjoyed walking around, seeing the houses and the museum. We really enjoyed learning about the St Paul's church. It was not open years ago when I came as a kid. It's definitely worth a half a day if... More 

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Riverside, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is basically a residential/college neighborhood with a few older buildings. Nice to look at, but. . . The Visitor's Center was closed most of Sunday.

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OldSalemInc, Manager at Old Salem Museums & Gardens, responded to this review

On Sundays our Visitor Center is open from 12:30 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. Our historic buildings are open from 1:00 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. We hope you can visit again when you have more time. Sincerely, Terry G. Taylor Manager of Visitor Center Operations Old Salem Museums and Gardens More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Old Salem is one of the best preserved 18th century areas we have visited in the U.S. There are demonstrations of the lives of the Moravians who first arrived in the mid-18th century as religious refugees from Eastern Europe. My sons especially enjoyed the tinsmith and my husband was completely taken with the bakery, which still sells breads and cakes... More 

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Murphy, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Took my daughter and granddaughter here for a visit. We had a wonderful and informative visit. They had civil war re-enactors and they taught my granddaughter to handle a long rifle (wooden of course). She watched potters, clothes makers, and cooks work. The folks are friendly and very informative. It will take an entire day or more to see all... More 

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Kernersville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visit Old Salem about once a month, and love the architecture, beauty, well-stocked gift shops, and knowledgeable presentations. It is a charming place to walk anytime of year. The Cobblestone farmer's market is fabulous on Saturday mornings, and their planned programs always teach me something interesting about either history or gardening. Check their website for dates and times of... More 

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