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Old Salem Museums & Gardens, Winston Salem

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4.5/5 based on 850+ reviews on the web
Old Salem is also the site of the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts (MESDA) which contains the finest collection of its kind in the nation, featuring architecture, furniture, ceramics, metalwork, needlework, paintings, prints and other decorative arts made & used by the early settlers of the American South.

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  • While visiting Wake Forest took a side trip to Old Salem. Definitely go to Old Salem. Original homes and architecture from colonial days in remarkably good condition include a mix of off limits privat...  read more »
  • Very interesting historic village and unique cultural area. The Frank Horton Museum has an excellent collection of southern decorative arts. Enjoyed seeing the preserved homes and buildings dating fro...  read more »
  • We did not make it into the buildings for lack of an obvious handicap entrance, but the streets and quad are great - like Williamsburg but with original buildings. Saw a tour and that seems like a gre...  read more »
  • A must see for visitors and locals of Winston Salem. Great spot to learn the local history and see historic houses, churches, bakeries and more. Stop at Winkler bakery for breads and treats. Take a tour and take photos. The museum is new and updated and has gifts. The bridge crossing the road is majestic!
  • This a great historic 17th century Moravian town of Salem well worth visiting. A very interesting place with shops of all kinds.
  • If you have children, go there and plan on taking tours so they can learn about the way the world used to be. For couples, go for a nice walk. That is where I am. Much more pleasant than I thought. There are several shops in the surrounding area. Buildings are old, so don't plan on staying in the B&B unless you can be very quiet. Good chance there will be noise.
  • It is a very beautiful place, also it makes you feel like you have gone back in time. Lots of things to do/see.
  • Plenty to eat and shop and wander through without a ticket. I need to come back and see the graveyards and take a picture of the Reynolds house! Perfect for a half day or longer!
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