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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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A little pricey but quite nice.

We went to the Tavern, the bakery, the gunsmith and the wood shop. We also went to the Horton... read more

Reviewed yesterday
macsterling
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Southern Pines, North Carolina
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a nightmare to find

Signage at Old Salem is not meant for tourists. The buildings are pleasant to visit. Some require... read more

Reviewed yesterday
aphrab
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hickory, nc
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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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900 Old Salem Rd, Winston Salem, NC 27101-5277
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We went to the Tavern, the bakery, the gunsmith and the wood shop. We also went to the Horton Museum. It is a charming historic area preserved by the hard work of the museum. Slightly reminiscent of Williamsburg. Uneven sidewalks make for a tough time...More

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Reviewed yesterday

Signage at Old Salem is not meant for tourists. The buildings are pleasant to visit. Some require tickets. Shops are reasonably priced. On-street parking is generous. Looks like the city would make it more accessible and better marked.

Thank aphrab
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

In town duri g the off season means you have the period dressed interpreters almost to yourself. We particularly liked the Joiner's shop where my husband was invited to use an antique hand tool. You definitely need the all in one pass for the experience...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

A really amazing experience. Visit historic buildings once occupied by the Monrovian community. The guides area very well versed in the history of each building and able to answer all our questions. We especially enjoyed the joiners house/workshop. The guide their was wonderful to talk...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

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

1  Thank Michele739
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Old Salem is a wonderful historic site, and you will have no trouble spending a whole day there. We have actually been back a few times, and we still haven't seen everything! (We don't live too far away, though, and we bought a membership, so...More

2  Thank katsusanna
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Everyone was well informed about the historical Old Salem and ready to answer any questions. Great for young to seniors. The service and food was superb at the Salem Tavern.

2  Thank Kent J
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A trip to Old Salem is a trip back in time. Modern skyscrapers in the distance notwithstanding, little effort is needed for visitors to the restored area to immerse themselves in a by-gone era. The historic town covers several blocks and, with a little imagination,...More

2  Thank D2958ZXgarym
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Old Salem is the site where the original settlement of Salem was founded. Many of the buildings are original or recreated. The cobblestone and brick street makes it easy to imagine what life was like in the 1700s for the settlers. The shops are working...More

2  Thank Jim B
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Looking for a place to learn history or just out for a mid day stroll, this is a great place to visit. The shops offer all kinds of interesting items to purchase and you can literally feel the history.

Thank Tony W
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brigadier192003
9 January 2018|
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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
13 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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Happy L
9 May 2017|
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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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