Today we took a day trip to Old Salem in Winston-Salem to celebrate Memorial Day.
From Their Site:
Old Salem is a restoration of the Moravian community called Salem that was started in 1766. Renowned for its high level of authenticity, the non-profit organization named Old Salem began its work in earnest in 1950.
The Moravians are a Protestant faith that began in the 1400s in the province of Moravia, now part of the Czech Republic. From a later community established in Herrnhut, Germany, the Moravians went throughout the world as missionaries and to found settlements. From an earlier settlement in Bethlehem, Pa., they came to the colony of North Carolina in 1753.
The central town of a 98,000-acre tract named "Wachovia" was Salem, which began construction in 1766. The community merged with nearby Winston many years later, in 1913, and many of the buildings remained until the 1950s when Old Salem Inc. was formed to protect threatened buildings, restore the town, and operate portions of it as a museum. The historic district also houses an active college for women, Home Moravian Church, the administrative offices of the Southern Province of the Moravian Church of America, the Moravian Archives and a number of private residents.
We first stopped at The Enchanted Cottage which is near Old Salem. Helen and I picked up a few stamps and scrapbook papers while Bill and Hunter visited a guitar store. We then headed into Old Salem where we dined on old-fashioned foods and explored the gardens, old cemetary, buildings, etc. It was interesting to see the workers dressed in costumes and demonstrating their trades.
Pic #1 is of the famous coffee pot, #2 of the gun shop worker, #3 one of the gardens (I think I may paint this) #4 Helen, Hunter, + Bill on the new bridge which leads in + out of Old Salem.