Happy Fourth of July! – A tour of Old Salem, NC

On this historic day in America, I want to take you to a small town in North Carolina that still looks much like it did over 200 year ago!

 Original 13 colonies flag outside Single Brothers House.

Old Salem, NC celebrated its first (documented) Independence day in 1783. 

Construction of the town first began in 1766 by members of the Moravian Church, an early Protestant denomination. 

Moravian Church
Several of the buildings still appear as they did at the time of their construction. 
G. Schrote Home 
House on Main St.
Historical Old Salem Homes on South Main St.

Miksch House

Adam Butner (best known as operator of Salem Tavern) began in Old Salem as a hatter.

 A. Butner Hat Shop 1825

The Winkler family ran the bakery in town for 30 years. The bakery is still open to purchase bread and other treats.

C. Winkler’s Bakery

The Boy’s School was erected in 1794 to house and operate as a school for boys in Salem. This Old Salem landmark continued to run into the 20th century.

 The Boy’s School (from rear)

If you’re ever near Winston-Salem, NC, Old Salem is a definite must see. A small bakery and ice cream shop serve scrumptious edibles. I highly recommend the cake batter flavored ice cream. Yummy!

There is also a garden shop, some gift shops and museums.

Happy Independence Day America!


  1. Katie @ On the Banks of Squaw Creek says:

    Very cool! Here in Iowa, towns are celebrating their 150 year anniversaries – we just haven't been around as long as you guys have!!!

  2. I love seeing old buildings. Thanks for sharing this. Our town is still very young, so it's nice to see some nostalgia now and then. :)

  3. Miranda says:

    What a beautiful town. These pics can help you actually see what life would have been like. Thank you!

    Happy Independence Day!!

  4. Hi Brittany!

    I hope you had a wonderful 4th of July! Love all the pics in this post!!

    I just received your comment about my bench and wanted to say that I would be flattered! :) Thanks so much! Can't wait to see what you've created!

    ~Karla @ It's The Little Things…

  5. Entertaining Women says:

    As an untrained painter, I truly appreciated your kind words for my mural. Rendering has always been my talent, i.e., if I can see it, I can draw/paint it. I look forward to keeping up with your blog as a new follower. See you in cyberspace! Cherry Kay

  6. This made me so happy to see! I live in Winston Salem. I read your blogs daily. You are my hero!!

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