Old Salem Museums & Gardens is one of America’s most authentic historical attractions. The Historic Town of Salem (founded in 1766 by Moravians) and The Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts, along with award-winning heirloom Gardens, engage visitors in a memorable experience about those who lived and worked in the early American South.

This year, 2016, marks the 250th anniversary of the founding of the town of Salem—the birthplace of Winston-Salem. Today’s City of Arts and Innovation has strong roots in early Salem, which was home to one of the nation’s first public waterworks, was at the forefront of innovative medicine, and had robust commerce and trades, including pottery, furniture, silver, tinsmithing, and other artistry.

Old Salem is an important community asset that offers visitors the opportunity to experience early American history in the unique Moravian settlement of Salem through original structures, tours, hand-made crafts, hands-on experiences, fun family events, dining and shopping. Visitors can stroll through award-winning garden restorations that create a landscape reminiscent of early Salem where utility, practicality, and beauty united.

MESDA is home to the finest collection of Southern decorative arts in the country. Internationally renowned, MESDA is a remarkable experience that tells the story of life in the early South through an unparalleled collection of early furniture, ceramics, silver, paintings, textiles, and other decorative from the early American South, 1660-1860.

Visit Old Salem Museums & Gardens, a remarkable place in the heart of Winston-Salem where history comes alive.

Old Salem

Front Row (left to right):

Frances Beasley, Vice President of Development – Old Salem Museums & Gardens
Ragan Folan, President & CEO – Old Salem Museums & Gardens
Gayle Anderson, President & CEO – Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce
Robbie King, Director of Buildings & Landscapes – Old Salem Museums & Gardens

Second Row (left to right)

Terry Barber, Director of Catering & Event Planning – Twin City Quarter
Rodessa Mitchell, Vice President, Education & Workforce Development – Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce

Third Row (left to right)

Wanda Wallace, Sales Manager – Twin City Quarter
Jill Atherton, Vice President, Economic & Community Development – Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce