The Walk of Salem’s Founding Builders

“Pledging heart and hand”


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The Walk of Salem’s Founding BuildersFriday, February 19, 20162:00 pm - 5:30 pm

As part of the 250th Anniversary of the town of Salem, Old Salem Museums & Gardens is recreating the walk made by ten Moravian brethren from Bethabara to Salem on February 19, 1766, who became the first residents of Salem. These men took up residence in the Builders’ House upon their arrival, which was the first building in Salem and was located at the corner of what is now Brookstown Avenue and Old Salem Road.

Ten staff members of Old Salem will leave Bethabara at 2 p.m. on February 19, 2016 and follow as closely as possible the original path of the early Moravians. Builders’ House at the Salem town site made by the first permanent group of builders to live in Salem in celebration of our 250th Anniversary. A variety of community leaders will join the Old Salem costumed interpretive staff in the walk starting on Fourth Street at Merschel Plaza continuing down the strollway to the Builders’ House site.

At the Builders’ House, we invite everyone to join us for remarks from Old Salem representatives, leaders in the Moravian community and Mayor Allen Joines about this important day in the history of Salem and Winston-Salem. The program will conclude with the lighting of an exciting public art display, created by Norman Coates and Jack Miller of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts School of Design and Production, at the site of the Builders’ House.

The art installation will occupy the same original space as the Builders’ House, delineating the perimeter and highlighting the hearth. Painted bright white, the installation will be visible during the day and illuminated at night throughout the year.

Thank you to Duke Energy and the Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County for providing funding support for this project. If you have any questions regarding this special event, please contact Tyler Cox at (336)721-7364 or at