Bethania is the first planned Moravian settlement in North Carolina, Historic Bethania exists as the only remaining independent, continuously active Moravian village in the southern United States. The 500-acre Bethania National Historic Landmark district is the largest National Landmark in Forsyth County. Bethania and its 18th and 19th century properties are listed on the National and North Carolina State Historic Registers of Places and is a National Historic Landmark.
Begin your visit at the Historic Bethania Visitor Center. A photographic exhibit of the history of Bethania and Wachovia is on display and public restrooms are available. The restored 18th century Wolff-Moser House is open for tours during Visitor Center hours.
A National Historic Landmark, the town of Bethania is the only know existing Germanic-type Linear Agriculture village in the South. A self-directed tour map is available in the Visitor Center. Take a leisurely walk down Main Street, and see the carefully preserved and restored homes and stores. Most of Bethania’s historic homes are private residences, so please be respectful on your journey.
Bethania’s conservancy-protected lands include four hiking trails through verdant forests and preserved farmlands. The Black Walnut Bottoms Trail is a 1.4 mile trail that begins beside Alpha Chapel and extends through Black Walnut Bottoms forest and farmlands areas. The 0.7 mile Graveyard Trail begins in the Mill Shoppes parking lot and loops behind God’s Acre. The 0.8 mile Orchard Trail begins at Bethania-Rural Hall Rd. and loops through the Old Orchards preserved lands. Reuter Trail, at 1.42 miles, includes a forest walk, and a loop that borders Muddy Creek.What people are saying about Historic Bethania:
"Very calming for it to be in a populated area...Peaceful... Trails maintained well..Hats off to the people who maintain.."
"Such a peaceful atmosphere, and I enjoy the festivals that take place here."
"Historic Bethania is a well,preserved historical area with gardens and structures that take you back in Time. Great area for a walk, and there are numerous activities with costumed participants through the year."
"A nice place to drive through with really old homes around the same period as Old Salem and Bethabara park. Has a nice gift shop and sandwich place in a made over mill."
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5480 Bethania Road
Bethania, NC 27010
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