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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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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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A walk through American history

The fact that there are costumed representatives to answer questions about the early life of Old Salem made the visit well worth while. They were very well versed on the history... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
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Asheville, NC
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Asheville, NC
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The fact that there are costumed representatives to answer questions about the early life of Old Salem made the visit well worth while. They were very well versed on the history and details of early life. This is well worth the time. The Museum of Early Southern Design should not be missed, if you have time take one of the... More 

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Greensboro, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Maybe because I'm intrigued by history, I found this little town very interesting. Much of the buildings are original and very old. You've gotta be careful on the staircases and uneven brick though. Some of the different types of shops have guides explaining how things worked in the late 18th century. There is a bakery where you can buy freshly... More 

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Boone, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

I was reluctant to get out of the car as it reminded me of old Sturbridge Village in MA or Mystic Seaport in CT. Boring memories. However, we stopped by the bakery and bought some Morovian cookies and had a nice exchange with a woman. It was a good experience and I am glad it is there to offer insights... More 

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Emerald Isle, NC
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Well worth a walking tour of Old Salem. So much to see and learn. Residents in era costumes and don't be surprised if you are invited into a private home not on the tour map. Worth two hours for exercise and history.

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Thank GraGeo
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We just visited (April 7,17). I'm not a history buff but really enjoyed the visit. We paid the $27 which lets you in to all the buildings for 2 days. When you get to a building which is part of the touring exhibits you have people explaining its history or that of the owners. Note some of the homes are... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very nice and fun place to visit. Has a variety of historical sites to visit. Nice facilities. Very family friendly.

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Winston Salem, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nice place to go. A learning experience. Especially enjoyed the furniture tour. Learned a lot about the history of Winston Salem. Found it fascinating. Moved here in 2004 from Georgia and didn't know a lot about the area.

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Manaus, Brazil
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Interesting to spend a few hours and learn about the city (or the cities of Winston and Salem) its first inhabitants and history. The houses are nicely preserved and give you a good idea about the way people lived. Shopping is limited to a few souvenirs. You can chose to pay and have access to the whole complex of old... More 

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Flushing
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Nice place. If you want to see what is was like 200 years ago. They have tavern, gun shop, community square. It's really nice to visit. Be aware of parking restrictions. They have a walking pathetic. It is easily accessible by car from the highway.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We attend Old Salem every year for our 3rd grade field trip and it's so much fun. The guided tour is informational and great for school age kids. The town visit is great and the bakery is AMAZING!

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