Old Salem: A taste of Moravian culture in Colonial America

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  • Elliott Bay Seattle, WA
    June 11, 2014 6:29 p.m.

    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.

  • wehage65 BURKE, VA
    June 11, 2014 4:02 p.m.

    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.

  • Sneaky Jimmy Bay Area, CA
    June 11, 2014 9:21 a.m.

    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 remember history.

  • Well.... Phoenix, AZ
    June 8, 2014 5:21 p.m.

    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.

  • Well.... Phoenix, AZ
    June 8, 2014 2:54 p.m.

    George--not the same Salem. The "witch trials" were in Massachusetts.

  • mschuman Keene, NH
    June 8, 2014 2:38 p.m.

    George: You're thinking of Salem, Massachusetts. This article is about Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

  • george of the jungle goshen, UT
    June 8, 2014 8:50 a.m.

    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.