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Old Salem Museums & Gardens

900 Old Salem Rd, Winston Salem, NC 27101-5277
+1 888-653-7253
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Great experience in historic village

It is like Williamsburg with historic homes and gardens. Really interesting history and you go... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Clifford K
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Lexington, Virginia
Day Trip

Old Salem is a beautiful little town to visit and have some of their brick oven baked sweet bread... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Sandra A
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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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LOCATION
900 Old Salem Rd, Winston Salem, NC 27101-5277
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+1 888-653-7253
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Reviewed 6 days ago

It is like Williamsburg with historic homes and gardens. Really interesting history and you go back in time. Great docents in period costume who are very friendly and helpful. Great buildings and interiors.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Old Salem is a beautiful little town to visit and have some of their brick oven baked sweet bread. There are other museums you can visit for a small entry fee. The toy shop is very interesting if you live to see how far toys...More

2  Thank Sandra A
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is such a beautiful place to visit. My favorite of the year is Christmas to Visit Old Salem. Lots of great history. Make sure to take a famous picture on the Bridge under the Moravian Stars. I even bought one to hang in my...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very nice tour, very pretty. I think the full effect can be appreciated in April or May. February is just too cold and still a little gloomy, but this was an overcast day and the area was still very nice. The Old Salem village was...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It started out great,The lady at counter was wonderful she and I talked a lot ,the were not very busy,A wonderful tour,My second visit it was great.Man in the gun shop was great.The ladies at the bakery wonderful.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Prepare to walk a lot, and the streets / sidewalks are not smooth, so be careful. Enjoyed the historical offerings and characters.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our family used to visit Old Salem when I was younger. We took a family trip back to Old Salem to walk down memory lane, The service we received from the staff members working at the visitors center was great. They treated us like we...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I spent an enjoyable day walking through history. Old Salem is a historical village settled by German people of the Moravian church during colonal days. The village is a self guided tour. You will see the gunsmith shop, the boys school, the...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

One of the reasons we went to Winston Salem is to visit Old Salem and it did not disappoint. From the historical buildings, to the people in period clothing, to the knowledge of the Movarian lifestyles. Three of our favorites were: 1) Doctor’s House -...More

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Reviewed 12 July 2018 via mobile

We stumbled upon Old Salem and discovered a gem! The area is relatively well-preserved: sort of a cross between Williamsburg, VA and Shaker Village in Kentucky. All the period-clad interpreters were enthusiastic about their trades and were very informative. Check out the Bakery; we got...More

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brigadier192003
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Response from Thomas W | Reviewed this property |
I asked the gunsmith "how much for a flintlock rifle" and while I don't remember the exact amounts it was a lot. Around $2-3 thousand for a partial hand made rifle, essentially most metal parts (barrel, trigger assembly... More
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Cathy W
12 December 2017|
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Response from iammorgansdad | Reviewed this property |
They do, just call for arrangements, dress for the cold weather.
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Response from OldSalemInc | Property representative |
Thank you for your inquiry. Old Salem Museums & Gardens is a living history museum with original buildings on their original sites. Old Salem’s restored area is about 7 blocks long and 3 blocks wide. Brick and stone... More
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