DescriptionSalem was established by Moravian settlers in 1766 after 13 years living in Bethabara and seven years in Bethania. Those communities were farming communities and then continued as such. Salem was to become a community of artisans and craftsmen and merchants. Salem was frequented during the Revolution by Loyalists and Patriots alike. The Moravains were German-speaking Christians, who kept daily accounts of events in their community.
Old Salem offers visitors the opportunity to delve into life of the late 18th century in the Carolina piedmont. The living history interpreted spans from 1766 to 1840.