Salem in Spring

10AM – 4PM on March 23th and 30th, April 6st, 13th, 20th, and 27th, and May 4th, 11th, 18th, and 25th, June 1st, 8th, and 15th, 2024.

The sun is out, the winter chill is lessening. Grab your family and friends and walk the sunny streets of Salem. Our Springtime themes include garden preparations, new life, and the planning and establishment of early Salem. 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 Springtime, we invite you to experience:

The Visitors Center Enjoy the new exhibits and shop for a souvenir at Stockberger Supply. Free without a ticket.

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. Requires ticket for entry.

Doctor’s House Dr. Samuel Benjamin Vierling constructed his house for his family and flourishing medical practice. Explore his Apothecary Shop and the exhibit “The Moravian Way of Health and Healing.” Requires ticket for entry.

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. Requires ticket for entry.

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. Requires ticket for entry.

Salem Tavern Museum Learn the history of Salem’s Tavern, exploring the cultural intersection of Colonial Americans, Central European Moravians, and the enslaved people of African descent. Come see how this building contributed to connecting Salem to the outside world! Note: this is NOT the Tavern Restaurant! Requires ticket for entry.

Vogler House The iconic Vogler House provides insight into the upscale lifestyle of the Vogler family and the enslaved residents of the house. Be sure to examine the intricate metalwork during your visit! Requires ticket for entry.

Timothy Vogler Gun Shop Salem’s gunsmiths provided hunting rifles for the local community and those around. Come see the craftspeople at work in the same original space where rifles were being made historically. Requires ticket for entry.

Potter’s Workshop at the Single Brothers’ House Learn about Salem’s pottery history while seeing our talented potters at work. Requires ticket for entry.

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. Requires ticket for entry. 

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.” Requires ticket for entry.

Horticulture Education Building 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. Now located at the Single Brothers’ Workshop! Requires ticket for entry.

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). Free without a ticket.  

Muddy Creek Café Soups, salads, and sandwiches make for a great lunch. Free without a ticket.