Events

                  St. Nick will reside in the Butner Hat Shop (on Main Street next to Winkler Bakery) on “Salem Saturdays at Christmas.” When you  and your child (Guardian & Child) purchase your tickets to explore the historic district, you can visit St. Nick’s workshop, tell him what […]

                  Grab an apron and help us fire up the beehive oven and bake breads and cookies.  As part of our Activate Main Street initiative, in addition to our long-established mercantile sales of baked goods, we are moving forward to expand Winkler Bakery into a more dynamic, […]

      November 16, 17, 23, 24 and 30, 2018 and December 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, & 21, 2018 Tour times: 6:30 p.m., 7 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 8 p.m.  Please plan to arrive 15 minutes prior to your selected tour start time. Tours last approximately 90 minutes.   Tour Description:  Don’t just watch […]

                  Ludwig David von Schweinitz was born in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania in 1780. He was a great-grandson of Count Nikolaus Ludwig von Zinsendorf, founder of the Moravian Church. Early on he was a great student. In 1807 he worked as a preacher in the Moravian church abroad where […]

                        Weekly Friday Baking in a Wood-Fired Brick Beehive Oven Join Sister Hillary every Friday in the yard of the Miksch House to see the way Sister Henrietta Miksch historically baked her gingerbread to sell to customers over a period of about 30 years.  […]

      November 16, 17, 23, 24 and 30, 2018 and December 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, & 21, 2018 Tour times: 6:30 p.m., 7 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 8 p.m.  Please plan to arrive 15 minutes prior to your selected tour start time. Tours last approximately 90 minutes.   Tour Description:  Don’t just watch […]

                              Salem Night at Old Salem is the time to slow down, leave the busy holiday season behind and start to reflect on family & friends.  Join us for this once-a-season special candlelight evening of open, warm, and inviting Christmas experiences. […]

                    St. Nick will reside in the Butner Hat Shop (on Main Street next to Winkler Bakery) on “Salem Saturdays at Christmas.” When you  and your child (Guardian & Child) purchase your tickets to explore the historic district, you can visit St. Nick’s workshop, tell him […]

                              Spend some time during Winter Fair watching sculptor “Mountain Mike” as he crafts a large tree into a replica of the renown Moravian Squirrel Flask.  Over the span of the four-day Winter Fair Mike Ayers will create several versions of […]

                Workshop Description:  Experience history hands-on! Learn how the blue dyer made indigo dye as well as onion skin and other natural dyes.  You will also learn how to over-dye some skeins for different color variations.  Everyone will take home 5 small skeins of naturally dyed wool. Cost:  $50 per […]

                Hiding Behind the Palisade: The Evolution of Bethabara from “Old Town” to Historic Park Samantha Smith,  Director of Bethabara Park As Bethabara transitioned into a historic site in the 1960s, the first change on the landscape was to reconstruct the defensive fort or “palisade.” Like the fort, […]

        Thirsty for a drop of history?  Join us for an exploration of the Moravian’s famed waterworks system.  Started in 1778, the system was the first municipal water network in the Southeast and set Salem apart as a thriving and advanced community.  Visited by George Washington in 1791, the amenity provided the […]

              Black American Life Post Emancipation Cheryl Harry, Manager of Human Resources & Emerita Director of African American Programs Freedom has finally come to enslaved people in Forsyth County.  Hopes and dreams are reignited.  But how was life after slavery?  Amid the backdrop of the Jim Crow south, descendants of […]

  Workshop Description:  Experience history hands-on! Learn how the blue dyer made indigo dye as well as onion skin and other natural dyes.  You will also learn how to over-dye some skeins for different color variations.  Everyone will take home 5 small skeins of naturally dyed wool. Cost:  $50 per person for 1:00pm Natural Dye Class only […]

                        Workshop Description:  Experience history hands-on!  Put on the white gloves and explore all of the nooks and crannies of rare furniture artifacts of the MESDA collection. Furniture Puzzles: The antique furniture in the MESDA Collection is full of secret drawers and hidden compartments.  Get […]

                    Workshop Description:  Experience history hands-on, decorating a slip trail plate.  Learn how the Moravian potters in Salem used slip trail designs and create your own unique slip trail plate.  Plates will be fired and glazed and be ready for pickup about 2 months after the class. […]

Seed Saving in the Horticulture Lab Head Gardener Eric Jackson, and Gardener Ellen McCullough   Since the beginning of Old Salem Museum & Garden’s landscape and garden restoration efforts in the 1970s, the museum has utilized a research based collection of historic plant species, and varieties, to recreate as accurately as possible what the gardens […]

                  Walking Tour of the Streets of Old Salem (Architecture) Robbie King, Director of Restoration & Interpreted Environments, Old Salem Museums & Gardens. Ever wondered what’s behind that door or up those stairs? Well, this is the tour for you! Walk the streets and plunder the buildings […]

                    Workshop Description:  Experience history hands-on!  Join Scott Carpenter, Music Director and Lead Interpreter Old Salem Museums & Gardens, for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity as we invite you to hear AND play our historic organs and keyboard instruments. Learn more about the remarkable history and restoration of David […]

                            Workshop Description:  Experience history hands-on! Make a lovely hearth broom from the broom corn grown in the gardens of Old Salem.   Take home a broom and an egg whisk! Cost:  $50 per person for Broom Making Workshop only. Workshop Location:  Single Brothers […]

                    Workshop Description:  Experience history hands-on!  Redwork, hand embroidery using red cotton floss, became popular in the mid to late 1800s when E.A. Vogler built and operated the “The Ladies Furnishing Store,” now known as the Moravian Book & Gift Shop. It is fitting to offer […]

                  Preserving Seeds With Stories Eric Jackson, Head Gardener, Old Salem Museums & gardens Old Salem’s gardens are solely planted with historic varieties of flowers, herbs, fruits, vegetables, and grains. Learn the practical knowledge used by Old Salem’s gardeners to successfully steward heirloom plants in your own […]

              The  acoustic trio Wake the Parson is toe-tapping, heart twisting, and downright delightful. These musicians draw on traditional dance music and ‘listening tunes’ from around the world, particularly Great Britain, Scandinavia and, of course, America and Appalachia. Their unique instrumentation—hammered dulcimer, cello and guitar—puts a fresh folk spin on these time-tested […]

                    Workshop Description:  Experience history hands-on!  Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts “White Glove” curatorial class. Join Gary Albert, MESDA’s Silver Curator, for a hands-on workshop to learn everything you need to know about buying, collecting, and caring for silver, including the RIGHT way to polish! […]

                  Ludwig David von Schweinitz was born in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania in 1780. He was a great-grandson of Count Nikolaus Ludwig von Zinsendorf, founder of the Moravian Church. Early on he was a great student. In 1807 he worked as a preacher in the Moravian church abroad where […]

                        Weekly Friday Baking in a Wood-Fired Brick Beehive Oven Join Sister Hillary every Friday in the yard of the Miksch House to see the way Sister Henrietta Miksch historically baked her gingerbread to sell to customers over a period of about 30 years.  […]

                Fiddler and banjo player Sarah Bryan, will play old-time music at various locations throughout the Old Salem historic district during the day.  She will be particularly sharing traditional tunes played for generations in the communities around Winston-Salem. Sarah is the Director of the North Carolina Folklife Institute, […]

                        Workshop Description:  Experience history hands-on! Learn how pewter is melted and molded into spoons.  You will use files and other tools to refine and polish a 19th century pewter spoon to take home with you. Cost:  $50 per person for Pewter Spoon Workshop only. Workshop […]

                MESDA’s Piedmont North Carolina rooms June Lucas, Director of Research, Old Salem Museums and Gardens, MESDA Tour MESDA’s Piedmont North Carolina rooms with MESDA’s Director of Research June Lucas and learn about the exceptional furniture made by talented Germans, English, and Scotch Irish who settled in the […]

                      More than a Place to Stack Firewood: Excavating the Pottery Kilns on the East Side of Main Street. Geoffery Hughes,PhD Candidate, UNC-Chapel Hill and Lot 38 Project Archaeologist   In 1793, Salem’s second master potter, Rudolph Christ, embarked on a daring expansion of the […]

                    Workshop Description:  Experience history hands-on! Learn how to fire and bake in the Winkler beehive oven.   Make traditional Moravian sugar cake bubbling with brown sugar and butter and spicy ginger cakes too! Cost:  $50 per person for Winkler Bakery Cooking Class only. Workshop Location:  Winkler Bakery, […]

                Chief Curator Tour of the Moravian Galleries at MESDA. Robert Leath, Chief Curator, Old Salem Museums & Gardens. Chief Curator Tour of the Moravian Galleries at MESDA. Learn about the diverse craftsmen – cabinetmakers, potters, artists, and gunsmiths –  who built the historic town of Salem.  See how […]

  Join Chef Stephanie Tyson and Vivián Turner, co-owners of Sweet Potatoes Restaurant, as they discuss the “melting pot” of Southern foods.   Discover the different flavors and cuisines from regions such as Creole, Cajun, Gullah and more!  Chef Tyson’s creativity and Vivian’s strong background in guest relations has turned Sweet Potatoes into an award-winning restaurant.  […]

  Workshop Description:  Experience history hands-on! Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts curatorial class. Because their large size and light sensitivity, only a small number of MESDA’s quilts can be on display at once. This is your chance to go behind the scenes into our textile vault with MESDA textile expert Jenny Garwood to see […]

                  Grab an apron and help us fire up the beehive oven and bake breads and cookies.  As part of our Activate Main Street initiative, in addition to our long-established mercantile sales of baked goods, we are moving forward to expand Winkler Bakery into a more dynamic, […]

              Early Furniture from North Carolina’s Piedmont Region: “Some of the nicest furniture . . . ever [you] did see,” June Lucas, Director of Research MESDA/ Old Salem Museums & Gardens   Many people associate North Carolina with high quality furniture—but what they have in mind is contemporary pieces […]

                  Shape-note singing is a form of American choral music developed in the early nineteenth century and still sung in sections of the southeastern United States. Shape-note singing is also known as “fasola” singing, after the musical syllables, fa, sol, and la, or “sacred harp” singing, a […]

                Neat and Simple Elegance: Moravian Decorative Arts in North Carolina 1753-1850 Johanna Brown, Curator of Moravian Decorative Arts Eighteenth and nineteenth century visitors to the Moravian town of Salem, North Carolina, often remarked on the physical and cultural distinctiveness of this isolated backcountry community. The industry of […]

                              Workshop Description:  Experience history hands-on! Learn how to fire and bake in the Winkler beehive oven.   Make traditional Moravian sugar cake bubbling with brown sugar and butter and spicy ginger cakes too! Cost:  $50 per person for Winkler Bakery Cooking Class […]

                      Workshop Description:  Experience history hands-on!  Hexagon Quilt Shapes, known as “Hexies,” have been a favorite in Salem for over a century. Join Judi Lowe, a local quilt instructor for an afternoon and learn the relaxing art of making hexies. A kitchen towel bordered with […]

                              Workshop Description:  Experience history hands-on! Molded Leaf Plate: Learn how to use a mold to make a beautiful leaf plate. You will be using a reproduction mold made from our original artifact plate.  The plate will be glazed and fired by […]