Friday, December 24, 2010

Old Salem Will Never Get Old

My brother-in-law is an avid history buff and when we get together at their home, one of our favorite occupations, aside from debating politics, is to visit sites of historical significance in the Charlotte area. On our last visit we had an opportunity to visit Old Salem which is located just south of downtown Winston Salem, NC. 
You start your visit from the modern visitors center and then enter the preserved village over an mpressive covered bridge.  Almost immediately you are back in the America of the 18th and 19th centuries.

Lunch can be taken at the historic Old Salem Tavern where down home Moravian cooking is the speciality.

This is the reconstruction of the Single Brother's Workshop
 Many of the buildings feature costumed docents who tell you about the history of their location.

One of the most interesting areas is the Moravian cemetery where burials are by gender rather than by families.

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