A visit to Old Salem Museums & Gardens in Winston-Salem is a step back in time full of fun for the whole family. Old Salem is one of America's most authentic historical attractions. The Historic Town of Salem (founded in 1766 by Moravians) and the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts, along with award-winning heirloom gardens, engage families in a memorable experience about those who lived and worked in the early American South.
On any given day, you and your kids can experience what life was like for the early Moravian settlers firsthand. Tour original structures and interact with costumed interpreters who demonstrate how the early inhabitants lived — demonstrations include hearthside cooking and trades like tinsmithing, shoemaking, tailoring and making pottery. You also can participate in hands-on activities geared to kids of a variety of ages, such as Moravian crafts, games and puppet shows.
You also can stroll through the award-winning gardens and purchase plants from the garden shop. Gift items include the famed Moravian cookies and other Moravian treats, household decorations, quilts, books, North Carolina food items, ornaments and more.
While in Old Salem, you also can visit the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts (MESDA), home to the finest collection of Southern decorative arts in the country. Internationally renowned, MESDA tells the story of life in the early South through an unparalleled collection of early Southern furniture, ceramics, silver, paintings, textiles and other decorative arts. A variety of tours are offered.
A family must is a stop at Winkler Bakery, where you can watch the bakers at work and then partake in treats like classic Moravian sugar cake. There are other options for lunch and snacks as well, including Mayberry's Restaurant and the Tavern in Old Salem.
Address: 600 S. Main St., Winston-Salem, NC 27101
Phone: 888-653-7253 or 336-721-7300
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