Old Salem Historic District

Friday Hours: 09:30am-04:30pm

Old Salem Historic District

Old Salem is a historic district of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. It features a living history museum (operated by the non-profit Old Salem Museums & Gardens, organized as Old Salem Inc.) that interprets the restored Moravian community. The non-profit organization began its work in 1950, although some private residents had restored buildings earlier. As the Old Salem Historic District, it was declared a National Historic Landmark (NHL) in 1966. The district showcases the culture of the Moravian settlement in North Carolina during the 18th and 19th centuries, communal buildings, churches, houses, and shops.

Two buildings are individually designated as NHL: the Salem Tavern and the Single Brothers' House. Additional buildings and properties have been added to the National Register that expand the historic area (see St. Philips Moravian Church below, Single Brothers Industrial Complex Site, and West Salem Historic District). Ownership of the buildings and land is divided among Old Salem, Inc., Wachovia Historical Society, private owners, Salem Academy and College, Home Moravian Church, and the Moravian Church Southern Province.

What people are saying about Old Salem Historic District:

"If you have never been or if you have kids you haven't ever taken you need to get to it asap! All of the knowledge and history in this place is powerful. Not to mention the amazing architecture and scenery."

"Old Salem is and can be even more a cultural and historical gem for NC and the nation. It embodies the immigrant story, religious rights and perseverance."

"We had the best time walking through the streets of Old Salem. We were looking to just spend the day walking outside and visiting the bakery and shops. If we had the extra time, we would have done the whole tour. "

"Excellent historic town in Winston-Salem, NC! I'm confessing I'm a history fan and I have been here 10 times with my school job, however, this tenth visit was the best! "

"I can't believe how much I learned. The history of the area and the Moravians was wonderful. Seeing the actual gardens, buildings and functional hand made items blew my mind. The re-enactors played their parts well."

"My girls went here on a field trip and had a good time learning about the way the people lived and worked at Old Salem. Their favorite part was the Old Salem Bakery of course with all the cookies and Moravian sugar cake."


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Old Salem Historic District

Contact Information

Old Salem Historic District
600 S Main Street
Winston-Salem, NC 27101

Sunday01:00pm-04:30pm
MondayTours Closed
Tuesday09:30am-04:30pm
Wednesday09:30am-04:30pm
Thursday09:30am-04:30pm
Friday09:30am-04:30pm
Saturday09:30am-04:30pm
Hours may vary. Please call ahead to confirm.

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