Old Salem Presents Salem Creek Tour


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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (MAY 4, 2016) –Join Old Salem Museums & Gardens for a tour of Salem Creek as part of the 250th anniversary of the founding of Salem, North Carolina. The “Salem Creek Tour: History and Nature” will take place on Thursday, May 19 from 12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. The tour will be led by M. O. Hartley, PhD, Director of Archaeology at Old Salem and Martha Hartley, Director of Research and Planning, Restoration Division, Old Salem. This event is free and open to the public.

The Moravians who settled Salem were very much attuned to the natural environment, and when Salem was being planned, water was a foremost consideration—it’s always a significant location factor—and the town was sited for full advantage of the springs, tributaries, and die Wach or Salem Creek.

Salem Creek is a major natural feature and has been an important resource over the years for many reasons. It provided water to power mills and other industrial uses (tannery, fulling, rifle boring). Residents fished its waters and hunted ducks along its banks. Its springs provided fresh drinking water for the municipal water works by 1778 and for the African American school in 1867. In addition, this natural setting was a destination for walks and outings.

There is much history along its banks, bottoms, and hill slopes. On the Salem Creek Tour attendees will learn about the history of the creek and consider the natural environment, including a stop at the Brothers’ Spring. A tour booklet is included. Shoes for soggy ground and uneven terrain are suggested.

Although this event is free, registration is required and space is limited.  Please call 336-721-7307 to reserve your spot. Check-in on the day of the tour will be at Central Park Tennis Courts at 803 E. Salem Avenue in Winston-Salem.

For more information, visit 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.