Relocating to a new city means having to learn about all the necessities of life. You spend the first few weeks in your new hometown figuring out which grocery stores fit your preferences best, learning the ins and outs of the local school system, finding the best places to walk your dog or ride your bike, and checking out references for a new family doctor. But relocating isn’t all about work, it’s also about having some fun. It’s important to get out and explore your new city to see just what it has to offer.
One of our favorite “fun spots” that’s especially meaningful to those of us at Realty One is Old Salem. It’s like an experience in time travel right in the heart of Winston-Salem. In a matter of seconds, you go from the skyscrapers and traffic of 21st century city life to immersing yourself in a world of cobblestone streets and a mix of clapboard and brick homes and shops.
The city of Salem was established in 1766 as part of the Wachovia settlement of Moravians who came to the New World seeking religious freedom. Salem served as the center of the community, which also included nearby settlements of Bethabara and Bethania. In Salem, the Moravians built a church, a school, and various businesses which contributed to the success of this trades town. Eventually, the neighboring city of Winston grew and the two towns merged to become what we now know as Winston-Salem. In order to preserve the historically significant buildings of Salem, the area of Old Salem was incorporated as a nonprofit in 1950, making it one of the rare living history experiences still surviving today.
Travel Back in Time
Whether you’re a newcomer or a long-time resident of Winston-Salem, it’s always fun to explore Old Salem and take advantage of all the historic experience has to offer. Stop in for a meal at The Tavern in Old Salem, where Moravian pot pie and gingerbread are the highlights of the menu. Walk along the cobblestone streets and through the gardens to soak up the beauty and get a glimpse of costumed tour guides as they show visitors what it’s like to live and work in the 18th and 19th centuries.
To get the most out of your Old Salem experience, purchase an all-in-one ticket, which gives you access to the many different historic buildings and shops. There are 25 interpreted buildings within Old Salem, including the bakery, the gunsmith, the potter and the joiner, where docents work and educate visitors on the way of life for 18th and 19-th century Salem.
Many of the workshops and historic buildings have hands-on experiences which make a trip to Old Salem great for families. Kids can get a chance to try their hand with a lathe at the joiner’s workshop or sew a few stitches at the quilting party.
A Cultural Extravaganza
In addition to the everyday activities of Old Salem, there are also workshops, classes and concerts held throughout the year. The summer months offer Salem Saturdays, where the purchase of an all-in-one ticket gets you two days of exploring Old Salem, including Saturdays bustling with activity including interpreters in the historic shops, hands-on experiences, fresh treats for sale at the Winkler Bakery, organ concerts and the Cobblestone Farmers Market. Here at Realty One, we’re proud to call Winston-Salem our home. The hard-working Moravians set a great foundation for our city, which continues to grow and prosper today. Take time to visit Old Salem, and you’ll fall in love with Winston-Salem’s heritage as well.