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Heritage Festival

Black History Month Celebration

Learn the craft of  broom making

Play African instruments

Storytelling in the Tavern

Showcase of Song Concert

Funnel cakes, fish fry and other treats!

African Americans books, crafts and stationery


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



Click to learn more about African American Heritage in Old Salem

Heritage Festival

Saturday, February 22, 2014

10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Throughout the Historic District


In celebration of  Black History month, St. Philips Heritage Center will host a special day in Salem to highlight the history, art and culture of African Americans. Come and enjoy a day of storytelling, historic tours, crafts, music, puppetry, food and shopping. Fun for all ages!


Festival Events/Programs (activities subject to change):

Old Salem Visitor Center

James A. Gray Auditorium

- Enjoy a concert, Showcase of Song, sponsored by the City of Winston-Salem Human Relations Commission (noon).  Concert does not require a ticket.


Visitor Center Lobby

-  Learn about the George Black House and Brickyard, Inc.

- African Instruments Exhibit by the Wake Forest University Museum of Anthropology

- Buffalo Soldiers Exhibit: Meet the Greater North Carolina Chapter of the Buffalo Soldiers

US Colored Troops Exhibit - Sgt. Maurice Johnson

- Book signing by Dr. Anthony Parent, Foul Means: The Formation of a Slave Society in Virginia, 1660-1740 (11 a.m.)

- Book signing by Cheryl Harry: Winston-Salem’s African American Legacy (2 p.m.)


St. Philips Heritage Center

Brothers’ and Sisters’ Amazing Quest: Find out about the enslaved and free African Americans that worked and lived in Salem. Complete your quest and get a prize!


African Moravian Log Church

- African broom-making demonstration by Nana Vee Terry, Lydia’s Place

- African paper and loom weaving: Make a paper Kente cloth design!

- Brandy Cornmeal Pound Cake Tasting


African Moravian Brick Church

- Stitch and Take: Quilting Exhibit and Demonstration by the African American Quilt Circle of Durham.  Take home your own quilt square!

- Storytelling: Hear the story of Phoebe, one of the most respected women of the African Moravian church, portrayed by Renee Andrews (11 a.m. & 1 p.m.)


Salem Tavern Museum

- Storytelling: Meet Nancy, an enslaved cook who worked at the Tavern, portrayed by Pat “Mardia” Stepney


T. Bagge Merchant & Garden Shop

- Homowo Harvest Seed Collection: Purchase African and African American Heirloom Seeds (Information Sessions at 11 a.m. & 11:30 a.m.)


Singles Brothers’ House

- Hear organ music in the Saal where Peter Oliver, an African Moravian Brother and a skilled craftsman in pottery, pumped this 1798 Pipe Organ. Chris Paul, NBA athlete, is a direct descendant of Peter Oliver. 

- Joiner’s Shop: Learn about Thomas Day, a free Black 19th-century cabinetmaker, and other Black craftsman of that time period.


Vierling House

-    Learn about African herbs and medicines in the Apothecary.

-    View the foundation of Christian David’s home located behind the Vierling House..


Frank L. Horton Museum Center

- Puppet Show: “The Night the Portraits Spoke” (11 a.m., 1 p.m., & 2 p.m.)

- Special Display: 1690 Chowan County wainscot blanket chest.

- Hidden Legacy Guided Tours: Enjoy a 35-minute tour focusing on the African American stories behind some of MESDA’s most iconic objects. (11 a.m. & 3 p.m.)


Frank L. Horton Museum Center Loggia

- Food Vendors: Hot Fried Fish by Forsyth Seafood, funnel cakes, and more! (11 a.m. – 3 p.m.)


- Visit the retail shops for related crafts, books, and gifts!


Advanced Tickets: $12 Adults / $8 Children ages 6-16 (available until February 15). To purchase advanced tickets, please call 1-800-441-5305.


After February 15, regular All-In-One ticket prices apply ($23/Adults & $11/Children ages 6-16). Friends of Old Salem and children under 6 enjoy FREE admission. Group Rates are available for groups of 14 or more.


For more information, please call (336) 721-7300 or email info@oldsalem.org.

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900 Old Salem Road

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Winston-Salem, NC 27101

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