I had the good fortune of living just a few miles from Old Salem. Fascinating
history and beautifully preserved community. Many of the original homes are
still lived in and well-cared for. The Tavern was our favorite eatery with 300
year old recipes and local produce. Remarkably picturesque opportunity for an
escape to serenity in the middle of a city.
My husbands people are Moravians and we go to Old Salem every time we go down
there. His dad and most of his ancestors are buried in "God's
Acre", the cemetery there. We love going to Winklers bakery for cookies and
sugar bread. Vogler's have been the family Funeral Home for decades.
We've spent the last two Easter's there for the Friday night Love
Feast (not what it sounds like lol, it's a lovely ceremony that is part of
the Easter week services), the ritual Saturday cemetery cleaning and the sunrise
service on Sunday morning. Although my husband and I are now LDS, I find the
Mormons and Moravians have a great deal in common and they have a special place
in my heart. We love going to church with his uncle and family and worshiping
with them all. They are a wonderful people, full of love, community and a
beautiful appreciation for their roots and history. These are a very special
people, I love them dearly! AND they have nothing whatever to do with the Salem
Massachusetts witch hunt.
George, to follow up on your sentiment, the church/town leaders of Salem, MA.
determined that certain individuals were evil because of some physical or
emotional characteristic. Apparently certain people in our time don't
George--you're thinking of a different Salem. The witch trials were in
Salem, Massachusetts. This Salem sounds fascinating. I'd like to visit
someday if I'm ever in North Carolina.
George--not the same Salem. The "witch trials" were in Massachusetts.
George: You're thinking of Salem, Massachusetts. This article is about
Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
All I could think of is the witch trials. That city will always have a stigma
attached to it. I guess if we cant remember the past were we'll keep
repeating it. So many people was burned because of the Spirit of things, no one
mattered and free-agency was lost.