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Old Salem Museums & Gardens

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Address: 900 Old Salem Road, Winston Salem, NC 27101
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+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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Old Salem - nice historical tour sight

nice destination for those interested in American history. While not as large a restored area as, say Colonial Williamsburg, nevertheless it offers a unique view of life as lived... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Winston Salem, North Carolina
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Winston Salem, North Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

nice destination for those interested in American history. While not as large a restored area as, say Colonial Williamsburg, nevertheless it offers a unique view of life as lived by the Moravians of the 1700's. Very nice Visitor Center and gift shops, scenic streets, interesting gardens and architectural highlights abound.

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Clemmons, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Plan on spending at least half a day! If not for the cars that are present, you feel like you have traveled back in time. I love it so much here that I am a volunteer. Yes, I'm prejudiced and that's why I volunteer; its a fantastic place! Make sure you visit the bakery! The website is chock full of... More 

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Apex, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I am a native North Carolinian and never even heard of Old Salem until my son's 4th grade class went on a field trip there. I was a chaperone and I enjoyed the trip so much that we had to go back, stay at the historic Brookstown Inn and revisit Old Salem. It's a really great trip to make in... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The tickets are sold at the museum for visiting the Old Salem village. We parked our car at the museum parking lot and walked to the village, but street parking are available in the village. All staffs were welcoming and provided great performances. The breads sold in the bakery were not so great, but their cookies were sooo delicious!

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North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A true colonial Christmas experience. Docents were friendly and incredibly knowledgeable. Well worth the price to celebrate the holiday..

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We wanted to experience Old Salem at Christmas, so we bought a 2 day pass for the third weekend in December. Saturday was packed with young families (Santa was at the visitors' center), but Sunday was relatively empty due to passing showers. The interpreters, therefore, were happy to chat with us for extended periods of time, so we learned much... More 

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Roanoke, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We toured the area for the first time and learned so much about American History that we didn't know or at least not what we were taught in school. The staff does a wonderful job answering all guests questions and demonstrating how things were done at the time of the settlement.

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Greensboro, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There are three streets with houses along either side, about 30-40% are attractions with reenactors/sales clerks. Learn quite a bit about Moravians, life in a small town in NC over 150 years ago.

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

Required viewing when visiting Winston Salem. Lots of great history and dining opportunities. It was great to see the old historical buildings and speak with the different craftsmen practicing their trade. Love the riffle shop that were still turning out the old long musket riffles by hand as they were originally made. Truly a lot of labor went into each... More 

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Aiken, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Two days before Christmas I learned of Old Salem. I'd never heard of it. We decided on a quick trip after Boxing Day. Old Salem did not disappoint. I really enjoyed the format to visit houses and gardens. One simply walks in and needn't wait for a tour to begin at a certain time.

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