Old Salem

The covered Heritage footbridge leading from the visitor center to Old Salem Main Street

The covered Heritage footbridge leading from the visitor center to Old Salem Main Street

On February 9, 2020, I drove to Winston-Salem, about one hour and twenty minutes from Chapel Hill, to visit Old Salem, a historic district that was originally settled by the Moravian community in 1753. I had been there before, on October 25, 2005, and for some reason, that visit had not yielded many photos. Reason enough, I thought, to go back. Superficially, nothing much appeared to have changed, but upon closer inspection, it seemed that many more places were in disrepair or closed to the public.

To be fair, this is mostly because attractions are being restored, but it was disappointing nevertheless. For example. I remember having had a delicious lunch at the Old Salem Tavern (closed at the moment), and I was anxious to go to the second floor of the John Vogler House to redo one of my favorite shots from the 2005 visit, a room with a crib. Sadly, the stairs were cordoned off so the room I wanted to photograph wasn't accessible. But Old Salem is still more than worth a visit! It's a fascinating glimpse into history, and the people are wonderful. Without exception, they presented their respective exhibits with enthusiasm and seemed delighted to answer questions.


On the Heritage Bridge Timothy Vogler Gun Shop

On the Heritage Bridge

Timothy Vogler Gun Shop


Timothy Vogler Gun Shop At the corner of South Main and Race Street

Timothy Vogler Gun Shop

At the corner of South Main and Race Street


Small house at 924 S Main Street Off South Main Street

Small house at 924 S Main Street

Off South Main Street


At the corner of South Main and Walnut Street The Old Salem Tavern  Museum

At the corner of South Main and Walnut Street

The Old Salem Tavern Museum


Tavern Meadow By the Tavern Barn

Tavern Meadow

By the Tavern Barn


The view toward the Tavern Museum Salem Academy Inspector's House The Doctor's House

The view toward the Tavern Museum

Salem Academy Inspector's House

The Doctor's House


Street light in front of Salem College Home Moravian Church

Street light in front of Salem College

Home Moravian Church


The view from a backyard In front of the Home Moravian Church

The view from a backyard

In front of the Home Moravian Church


Walking around God's Acre Walking around God's Acre

Walking around God's Acre

Walking around God's Acre


Exiting God's Acre onto Church Street Edward Belo House

Exiting God's Acre onto Church Street

Edward Belo House


Moravian Church Southern Province Headquarters Towards the fruit orchard

Moravian Church Southern Province Headquarters

Towards the fruit orchard


The Boys' School Rear entrance to the Boys' School

The Boys' School

Rear entrance to the Boys' School


Moravian Book and Gift Shop Backyard off Main Street

Moravian Book and Gift Shop

Backyard off Main Street


Single Brothers' Workshop Main room in Single Brothers' House

Single Brothers' Workshop

Main room in Single Brothers' House


The keyboard of the 200-year-old pipe organ Loom in the Single Brothers' House

The keyboard of the 200-year-old pipe organ

Loom in the Single Brothers' House


Study room in Single Brothers' House Window to Single Brothers' Garden In the Potter's Workshop

Study room in Single Brothers' House

Window to Single Brothers' Garden

In the Potter's Workshop


The Muddy Creek Cafe The dining room in the John Vogler House

The Muddy Creek Cafe

The dining room in the John Vogler House


In the John Vogler House In the John Vogler House Shoemaker's Workshop

In the John Vogler House

In the John Vogler House

Shoemaker's Workshop


Residence at the corner of South Main and Blum Street Augustus T. Zevely Inn

Residence at the corner of South Main and Blum Street

Augustus T. Zevely Inn


Residence at the corner of South Main and Walnut Street Residence at 909 Church Street

Residence at the corner of South Main and Walnut Street

Residence at 909 Church Street


Looking north on Church Street The African Moravian Log Church (Oct. 2005)

Looking north on Church Street

The African Moravian Log Church (Oct. 2005)


The African Moravian Log Church The African Moravian Log Church

The African Moravian Log Church

The African Moravian Log Church


Saint Philips Brick Church Inside Saint Philips Brick Church

Saint Philips Brick Church

Inside Saint Philips Brick Church


Except were indicated otherwise, the photos on this page were taken on Sunday, February 9, 2020.




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