Salem Saturdays in Winter

Saturday, February 4, 2023 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM Old Salem Museum & Gardens

Salem Saturdays in Winter

Escape the winter blues and experience interactive, hands-on fun on Salem Saturdays in Winter! See what the early Moravians did to keep themselves busy during the long dark months. Learn about how the people of Salem built community with one another and how they shared their culture with the people around them.

During the winter time, we invite you to experience:

The Visitors Center Enjoy the new exhibits and shop for a souvenir at Stockberger Supply.

The Frank L. Horton Museum Center (including The Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts) See objects made and used by the diverse craftspeople of the early American South, including the beautiful pieces made by the Moravians, and shop for books at F. L. Horton Bookseller that features a wide variety of books related to decorative arts of the American South.

St. Philips African Moravian Church (open starting February 15th) Learn about the history of North Carolina’s longest running Black church and explore our ongoing research into the lives of the free and enslaved people of African descent in the town of Salem.

The Blum House Joinery Workshop See how historical woodworking was done in the town of Salem and the craftsmanship that made the Moravian trades shops famous.

Potter’s Workshop at T. Bagge  Learn about Salem’s pottery history while seeing our talented potters at work.

The Single Brothers’ House This building was home to many of Salem’s boys and men. As a combination of a dormitory and a trades hall, it offers an intimate perspective on Moravian culture, faith, and daily life. Experience the lifestyle of a congregation community while learning about the trades, tasks, and shenanigans of many of Salem’s real historical people.

Miksch House & Garden Learn about early family life in Salem, with foodways demonstrations, homemaking activities, and discussing the carpentry and construction of Salem’s first buildings.

The Boys’ School Children in Salem went to school just like children today. Learn about education in Salem through hands on games and exploration. See for yourself the Moravian educational philosophy that “All play has purpose.”.

Seed Saving Lab The gardens in Salem are always at work. Learn how gardens support the community, what seasonal garden preparation looks like, and how the seeds tell stories.

The Doctor’s House Explore the history of Moravian medicine and examine the contributions of African and Cherokee people to the health of those in and around Salem. Learn about the doctor’s family and how he dealt with the epidemics and illnesses of his day.

Winkler Bakery Always a “must do,” enjoy a visit at Winkler where Sister Deb will share the bakery’s history, including the beehive oven. Our famous sugar cake, cookies, and lovefeast buns will be available for purchase (along with lot of other sweet things).

Moravian Book & Gift This store is a town favorite, with Moravian souvenirs, and cozy goods for the home and garden.

Muddy Creek Café Soups, salads, and sandwiches make for a great lunch.