Spring Festival

Celebrating Freedom



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26th North Carolina Band

26th North Carolina Band (played by the Federal City Brass Band)


Begin your visit at the Old Salem Visitor Center (900 Old Salem Road) where you can enjoy a free orientation video and free parking.

All activities are included with the purchase of an All-In-One ticket. Purchase a ticket online or at the Visitors Center (900 Old Salem Road). Friends of Old Salem enjoy free admission.

For more information, please contact info@oldsalem.org or 336-721-7300.

Spring FestivalSaturday, May 16, 20159:30 am - 4:30 pmOld Salem Historic District

Join us to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the announcement of Freedom to the African American congregation in Salem. On May 21, 1865 Rev. S.G. Clark, the Chaplain of the 10th Ohio Cavalry read General Orders 32 to the congregation which announced that they were free from slavery.

For our Spring Festival we will have activities and demonstrations for everyone to learn from and enjoy:

  • Civil War Reenactors (First United States Volunteers) on hand to interpret soldier life at the end of the War.
  • Reading of General Orders 32 at the St. Philips Heritage Center at 2 p.m. (an Old Salem ticket is not required for this portion of the day’s events)
  • A look at Salem’s role in the Civil War
  • Hands-on activity: Make & Taste Hard Tack
  • Concerts by a re-created 26th North Carolina Band (the famed Confederate band from Salem)


Also taking place on May 16

Pottery Fair on the Square