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    April 26, 1838

    Complaints were reported about the hogs nightly rambling through the community, about the nightly noise of too many dogs, the bulls and the cows in the streets and the great number of  doves causing damage in the gardens. We wish that all this which harms the love and harmony in the community be removed. 

    Source: Records of the Moravians in North Carolina, Volume IX: 1838-1847.


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    “Of this month it may be noted that our doctor trepanned the skull of a German man, named Swing, about fifty years old, of Guilford County, who for a number of years had suffered extra-ordinary pain and has had a constant hammering and humming in his ears. This was probably the result of a blow with an axe and great fright, and sometimes he could get no rest day or night, and feared that he would lose his mind. He felt some relief from the operation, and we wish earnestly that it may serve for his entire recovery.” - Salem Diary, 1806

    This image is from the new Moravian Way of Health and Healing exhibit in the Doctor’s House. 


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    “It is well known that white lead and varnish is not a durable paint, and we wish we had something better for our new church. It was proposed to paint the well-house in the Square this year with a paint proposed in last year’s Almanac, which is not expensive and may last longer. The receipt calls for three parts of unslaked lime, two parts of ashes, one part of fine sand, mixed with linseed oil as for other paints.”

    - Salem Board Minutes, April 17, 1798


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    On this day in 1815:

    “This day was noteworthy because of the solemn celebration which the President of the United State (James Madison) recommended as a festival of thanks and joy for the priceless mercy of the much desired restoration of peace in our beloved fatherland.” - Salem Diary, April 13, 1815

    Source:  Records of the Moravians in North Carolina, Volume VII: 1809-1822.

    🎨:  Salem in Nord Carolina von der Süd West-Seite, circa 1819, Published by W.T. Neuhäuser, Niesky, Germany


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    “Men were in the potter’s shop like a swarm of bees, coming, buying, and leaving. Many could get nothing, as the first to come bought it all.”
    - Salem Diary, April 11, 1777


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    Did you know?

    Salem was the first town in North Carolina to have trained midwives. In the late 18th/early 19th centuries, midwives delivered babies, with doctors only stepping in if there were serious problems. Dr. Jacob Bonn, Salem’s first doctor, came to America from Germany where midwives were licensed. He knew the value of proper training for midwives and made sure it was part of the tradition of the town of Salem. The first trained midwife in Salem was Dr. Bonn’s wife, Anna Maria Bonn. Dr. Vierling carried on the tradition and trained several midwives during his tenure as Salem’s doctor.

    Tomorrow (Saturday, April 8) join us for the Doctor’s House Grand Opening featuring the brand-new exhibition “The Moravian Way of Health and Healing.”


  • A Moravian Easter

    A 2010 segment from NPR touches on one of Salem’s many long-standing Easter traditions. 


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    Main Street in Salem, NC cir 1890-1900.


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    On this day: March 21, 1791

    “Our little school girls had a lovefeast with their two teachers, whose birthdays follow each other closely.” - Salem Diary, March 21, 1791.

    Source: Records of the Moravians in North Carolina, Volume V: 1784-1792


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    March 16, 1817:

    The house-fathers met in the little Saal, and a number of points were discussed relative to better precautions against fire.

    - Salem Board Minutes, Records of the Moravians in North Carolina

    (Pictured: fire buckets in the Single Brothers’ House)


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Come and sit a spell (enjoy the flowers) at #OldSalemFrank's house (The President of Old Salem). The Fourth House - the oldest house in the historic district. ...

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