The Town of Salem

Salem was founded in 1766 by the Moravians–a Protestant religious group that began in what is now known as the Czech Republic. The Moravians were active missionaries who established an earlier settlement in Bethlehem, PA, before settling “Wachovia” in the North Carolina backcountry in 1753. In the Wachovia Tract of nearly 100,000 acres, Salem was developed as the central administrative, spiritual, craft, and professional town surrounded by five outlying congregations.

Please note that some buildings in the historic district are private residences and are NOT open for touring. Please respect private residents’ property, gardens, and pets.