Celebrate George Washington at Old Salem Museums & Gardens

Spring Festival and Pottery Fair on the Square


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Scott Carpenter
336.722.9660 or scott@capturevalue.com

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (MAY 10, 2016) – Old Salem Museums & Gardens will host its annual Spring Festival, this year titled “A Visit with George Washington,” on Saturday, May 21 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. throughout the Historic District. The day will be full of activities for all ages and promises to be an educational and fun event for the whole family. The Spring Festival is a ticketed event and all Spring Festival activities are included with All-in-One tickets, which are $27 for adults and $13 for students.

In conjunction with the Festival, Old Salem also is hosting its sixth annual Pottery Fair on the Square on the same day. The Pottery Fair is free and open to the public and will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. More than 30 potters from across North Carolina will display and sell their utilitarian and art pottery on Salem Square. With a variety of potters participating, it is the perfect place to shop for unique gifts for spring graduates, and summer brides and grooms. In the event of rain and/or strong wind, the Fair will be relocated to the concourse of the Old Salem Visitor Center at 900 Old Salem Road.

The ticketed Spring Festival, “A Visit with George Washington,” celebrates the 225th anniversary of Washington’s visit to Salem, North Carolina. In 1791, Washington toured the southern states to complete an inaugural promise of visiting every state that ratified the constitution. He arrived in Salem on May 31st and enjoyed a visit with the townspeople.

At Old Salem’s Spring Festival, there will be hands-on activities, historic demonstrations, and a visit with George Washington, himself, as re-enacted by Dean Malissa. Malissa is the official historical portrayer of George Washington at Mount Vernon. His scholarship and research about Washington, combined with his natural charisma, allow him to embody President Washington and bring the man and his history to life.

Additional Spring Festival activities and demonstrations will include a chance to:

  • Experience living historians interpreting colonial and early American surveying and map making methods using period equipment as surveyors who served Washington during the War for Independence.
  • Watch as President Washington’s dinner is prepared on the hearth.
  • Listen to President Washington read his letter to the Moravians and address the crowd.
  • Visit with President Washington as he enjoys his dinner with Salem town officials.
  • Hear the Moravian Brass Band play music from Washington’s time period.
  • Participate in a Fire Engine Drill.
  • Watch demonstrations of 18th-century historic trades.
  • Make and taste President Washington’s favorite hoe cakes.
  • Make your own bicorn hat.
  • And more!

Purchase tickets online for the Spring Festival at oldsalem.org or at the Visitor Center (900 Old Salem Road). For more information, please call 336-721-7300 or email info@oldsalem.org.

About Old Salem

 Old Salem Museums & Gardens is one of America’s most comprehensive history attractions. Its museums—the Historic Town of Salem, the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts (MESDA), and the Gardens at Old Salem—engage visitors in an educational and memorable historical experience about those who lived and worked in the early South. Old Salem Museums & Gardens is located at 600 South Main Street in Winston-Salem. For more information call 336-721-7300 or visit oldsalem.org.