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Beautiful & Historic

This is a must see if you visit the city of Winston-Salem. Plan for a half day or more to visit all... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
PLLMomof4
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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School field trip

I attended with a group about a week ago as a chaperone. I had never heard of Old Salem and the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
T25christ
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Cambridgeshire
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Reviewed October 22, 2018

We had limited time to visit here, and started out with lunch at the tavern restaurant, which I highly recommend.  After lunch, we walked through Old Salem to take in as much as time would allow.  Some historic buildings have free entry, the majority require a ticket to enter.  We purchased 3, 2 home visits tickets at the bookstore a few blocks away from the tavern restaurant.  I believe the tickets were $18 a piece.

Old Salem is a beautiful, historic area that has all the charm of historic Williamsburg, Va. without the over whelming time commitment required by Williamsburg.  Even though we visited 2 ticketed houses, visited as many free houses as possible, and spent a considerable amount of time in the Moravian cemetery, we did not feel drained and ready for a nap.

The Moravian history of the area is fascinating, and make sure you avail yourself to the pottery house and the bakery which show case the Moravian artistry.  Moravians were master potters, and we enjoyed learning about their techniques.  The sweet bread at the bakery was to die for as were any of the cookie selections.  If you have small children, they will be very much entertained by the staff at the bakery who provide a hands on demonstration of bread making complete with a working oven fired by wood.

We found the Moravian cemetery to be amazing and akin to seeing the American cemetery in Normandy France.  Perfectly square head stones lined up endlessly along manicured lawns.  Very dramatic effect.

We loved our visit.  Wish we could have explored more.  If you have no issues walking about, you can easily see the best of this area in 2 hours or so.  We would definitely go back.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank bluejay377
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Reviewed October 18, 2018 via mobile

We arrived late in the afternoon and, sadly, did not have a lot of time to spend so we bought a two museum pass - it was good for two days which is a great idea though we couldn't stay. Visited the gunsmith and the joiners workshop. Such welcoming people! Thanks to Ben at the joiners workshop for spending so much time with us! This was not our first trip - went with my late brother multiple times. This was the first time without him so it was bittersweet. I look forward to our next visit.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 15, 2018

Worth your time and money! Old Salem is not on the scale of Williamsburg but very enjoyable and a pleasure to visit

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank VLSepp
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Reviewed October 15, 2018

I have had the opportunity to visit Old Salem Museums & Gardens three times this year with teachers and students from The Academy at Middle Fork. Our fourth and fifth grade students loved having the opportunity to explore historic places and sites in small groups. The staff is friendly and very knowledgable about the area and its rich history. Each visit, I learn something new and enjoy how interactive it is. I highly recommend for school field trips, family outings and history lessons.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Darron D
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Reviewed October 13, 2018 via mobile

The town is fabulous but the museum parking is so small there was no spot. Other lot too far away for geezers. So didn't stay and see it. Maybe next time.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank 65_PB
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