Old Salem

This neighborhood was originally the town of Salem, founded in 1766, which joined with the nearby city of Winston in 1913 to create our modern Winston-Salem.

Welcome to Old Salem

Talk about charm: Old Salem was originally settled by the Moravians in 1766, and most of the buildings date to the early days. While much of Old Salem is now preserved as a living museum, there are still many residences sprinkled throughout that are still occupied. With the beautiful, cobblestoned streets and slow-feeling pace of life, Old Salem is an idyllic place to live.

Living in Old Salem is like waking up in a Moravian, historic wonderland every morning. Neighbors build community with regular gatherings such as “Wine & Weed” where gardening and connection are fostered. Community is a priority in Old Salem. – Katie

Our Favorite Old Salem Spots

Spend the day in Old Salem! Follow our itinerary for a full day in Old Salem (mostly for free!).

Meet the Browns

Amanda & Andrew Brown live in Old Salem with their 2 sons. Here are 5 of their can’t-miss activities in Old Salem.

  • Saturday Mornings at Cobblestone Farmers Market – a great way to support local farmers and get fresh produce every week
  • Family Walk – they love to walk around the neighborhood to enjoy the historic architecture and get inspiration for their garden
  • Winkler Bakery – stop and enjoy a treat at this historic bakery
  • Take Pictures – make sure you get pictures in front of the giant coffee pot and on the wooden bridge under the Moravian star
  • Tour Old Salem – they love going to the school and the first single family house to see how the Moravians lived and worked! Plus watching the pottery being created live is incredible.