Frederic William Marshall Society

Frederic William Marshall left Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, in October of 1762, bound for Wachovia, where he began searching for a suitable location for the central town.  Through his wisdom, hard work, and persistence, the town of Salem became a thriving community and Brother Marshall was considered the father of the neighborhood.

The Frederic William Marshall Society, created in 1985 to recognize and honor donors of exceptional annual gifts, also honors a man who worked diligently to plan the Town of Salem.  Membership provides funds that help us deliver compelling new programs, preserve and restore the architectural history of the town, and exhibit our internationally-known collections.



Members at all levels receive the Main Benefits Package:

  • Unlimited complimentary general admission to MESDA’s self-guided galleries, the Town of Salem, and the Gardens at Old Salem
  • 10% off all purchases in Old Salem’s retail stores including Winkler Bakery
  • E-newsletters featuring exciting new scholarship and museum updates



Society Level • $1,000

  • Admission for 8
  • 1 Dual-Level membership to use as a gift
  • Recognition in select Old Salem Museums & Gardens print materials
  • Behind-the-Scenes tours at MESDA for members only
  • Invitations to distinctive programs and unique opportunities

Curators Level • $2,500

  • All Society Level membership benefits

 Collectors Level • $5,000

  • All Curators Level membership benefits
  • Signed copy of one first run OSMG publication

Benefactors Level • $10,000

  • All Collectors Level membership benefits
  • Participation in the Winkler Bakery Bread of the Month Club
  • Limited edition reproduction Salem Garden bench designed by Uwharrie Chair Company

President’s Level • $15,000

  • All Benefactors Level membership benefits
  • A customized museum class or hearthside meal for 8 (including members)

Chairman’s Level • $25,000

  • All President’s Level membership benefits

For more information about the Frederic William Marshall Society or to schedule an installment plan,
please contact Michelle Cook, Senior Director of Development, at or 336-721-7331.