Getting our ‘ Eastern Pioneer’ fix…

…which is much different than a Western Pioneer fix! ¬†ūüėČ ¬† ¬†¬†While we were family camping at Tanglewood RV park, we were located nice and close to Winston-Salem; this gave us a great chance to explore the area! ¬†We drove in one day to see their downtown area. ¬†Our first stop before heading to Old Salem was at their unique Visitor’s Center; we picked up brochures on popular attractions, and asked the friendly staff questions to help us identify where we wanted to go in the city.

DSC_0369_001wWhile we were in the downtown area, we went to Old Salem Museums & Gardens, which is just a few blocks from the visitor’s center. ¬†Old Salem reminds me of Williamsburg (but MUCH less expensive ūüėČ )…there was a lovely visitor’s center…


complete with 2 different gift shops, a few informational exhibits, and a cute treat shop.  The staff was very helpful, and gave us hints on what to be sure to see, and pointed out stops on the walking route that might be easy to miss.
DSC_0379_011w We were given a couple of paper maps that had tips on what each building was, and made it easier to choose our route to make sure that we didn’t miss anything…DSC_0386_018w After leaving the visitor’s center, we crossed the nearby main road by walking across an old-fashioned, wooden, covered, pedestrian bridge to get to the Frank L. Horton Museum Center. ¬†The center offers a gift shop, and guided tours through the musuem (check for restrictions at main visitor center, or call for details as tours sometimes fill up; tours last about 45 min, no photography). ¬†DSC_0387_019wYou can walk the streets of Old Salem without a ticket, but you cannot enter the museum buildings (includes all buildings that are part of OS with the exception of the visitor’s center) without one. ¬†Tickets admit you to the 14 museum buildings that are open to the public, and staffed with costumed reenactors who will tell you about their ‘job’ at that location.
DSC_0389_021w One of our favorites was the Timothy Vogler Gunsmith Shop, where we spoke with 2 gunsmiths, including Timothy Vogler himself. ¬†ūüėČ ¬†The gunshop is run circa 1831, and is one of the earliest gunsmith shops remaining in the US!


We got a informative talk from ‘Timothy’ (who is a gunsmith irl), and he told the kids all sorts of interesting info about running a gunsmith/blacksmith shop in 1831; he also asked the kids if they had any questions, and told my pro-gun patriots some interesting facts about the firearms of the time! ¬†We learned that he made mostly guns, and coffee and meat grinders. ¬†A gunsmith could make 12 to 20 guns per year, and a plain gun would cost about 1/3 of a year’s wages for an average laborer!DSC_0400_032w Then it was up the street to the Salem Tavern,¬†including the 1835 tavern barn,
DSC_0409_041wDSC_0411_043w (back view of the tavern…) ¬†I love big old brick buildings like this!…DSC_0416_048w Inside the tavern were 3 reenactors, who told us the reason for the tavern. ¬†This area was settled by Moravians (in fact, the Moravians founded Winston in 1766!), and this tavern was for housing travelers/visitors that were not of the Moravian faith (believers were hosted by Moravian families). ¬†The tavern is shown as it would have been in 1791 – the year that George Washington visited the area and stayed at the inn!!!DSC_0425_057w This is most likely the room he slept in as it is the only private room in the tavern…DSC_0429_061wWe got a tour of the main floor, the second floor where the dining and sleeping rooms were (you would rent HALF a bed, so you would probably end up snoozing next to someone you didn’t even know! very common for the timeframe), and the cellar. ¬†We then went outside and entered the kitchen. ¬†Such an interesting place, and we were told all about the many activities that would have happened in the kitchen area…
DSC_0448_080wNext we walked by the quaint restaurant that is located next door. ¬†It seemed to be a popular place to eat, and the staff were very friendly…¬†DSC_0452_084wIntermixed between museum buildings are private residences/businesses, which are maintained to fit in with the historic theme of Old Salem.
DSC_0454_086w This location was my favorite; the Single Brother’s House, circa 1769-1786DSC_0464_096w Inside were 4 re-enactors (at busier times in the season, there are even more) who showed us various areas in the house. ¬†This woman was so informative! ¬†She gave us the inside scoop on the Movarian culture, and it was incredibly intriguing!!! ¬†I won’t go into all the details, but I sure had fun asking her questions about it and found their history, beliefs, and convictions fascinating. ¬†We learned the signification of the different colors of ribbon that are used to tie a Moravian woman’s bonnet, and found ourselves checking out each reenactor’s bonnet, and remarking on it! LOL!¬†DSC_0468_100wInside the house are many shops that were once run by the single Moravian men, including (among others) a joiners shop (woodworking), tailor, blue dyers shop (dying wool), and a pottery workshop.

You can tour the main floor, and the basement (which is below street level in front). ¬†The left side of the house was built in 1769; you can tell it is older by the timber framing. ¬†The right side of the house was added on in 1786…
DSC_0509_141wWe visited the Miksch House, and it’s gardens and baker’s oven out back. ¬†The garden was just being planted, and we found it interesting that one of the rows had smallish dead branches stuck in the ground in a line. ¬†We asked about it, and learned that the branches were cuttings off of various garden fruit trees, and were placed there for the peas to climb as they grew. ¬†The interesting thing about it was that the gardener told us that the cuttings are not dead; they will bloom beautifully as the peas climb them, but they will not take root in the soil!!! ¬†…really makes me want to try that! LOL!
DSC_0513_145wThe next door private residence.  I love the timber framing Рso much character!

DSC_0521_153wAnother part of Old Salem is the still-used God’s Acre. ¬†God’s Acre is a unique cemetery, and is still used by the nearby (and tour-able if open during your visit) Moravian Church.


The headstones are laid in neat lines, each one identical to all the others in recognition of the equality of the dead in God’s eyes. ¬†There is no distinction between rich or poor, black or white. ¬†Men and women are buried in separate sections of the cemetery, as are children, and they are buried in order of death.

DSC_0527_159wWe got so into our tours of Old Salem, that we didn’t watch the time, and missed out on visiting the home Moravian Church before it closed, and a few other of the museum locations (like the Dr’s house, fire engine house…).
Touring Old Salem takes a MINIMUM of 3 hours ¬†:) ¬†(much longer if you ‘get into’ stops like this, or take the museum tour!)

While we were walking Old Salem, we found the original site of Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, which was founded here in Salem. ¬†Nothing exists of the shop anymore, but there is a plaque (located in the lot next to the Miksch house)…

DSC_0534_166We had such a fun visit, going back in time at Old Salem! ¬†We love educational, engrossing, enjoyable destinations like this!!! ¬†Tickets are just $23/adult, $11/child, and children aged FIVE and under are FREE (most places it’s 2!). ¬†You can even turn your tickets into 2 day admissions for just $3 more.

And since we were in Winston-Salem, the home of Krispy Kreme doughnuts, guess where we HAD to go before we left the area…
Yeah, because the light was on, and the smell was pulling us in. ¬†ūüėČDSC_0347_249You can’t say you’ve discovered Winston-Salem until you have stopped at Krispy Kreme for fresh hot doughnuts picked off the bakery line!

DSC_0342_244wLoved, loved, loved our time in Winston-Salem, from our fantastic stay at Tanglewood Park to learning about the Moravian founders at Old Salem Museums & Gardens, to tempting hot doughnuts!  <3
Can’t wait to return!!!

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  1. Hello Ticknor Tribe!
    We’ve enjoyed reading your blog for quite awhile now. We are friends with the Golden’s and Lendes, if you know them. (??)

    We are actually just about to launch out FT here ourselves in a few weeks! We are still waiting for the Lord to provide our RV and sell the house we are in. (My parents own it, we care and live in it…so we “get to” list it too! ūüėČ ) We are praying it sells quickly! We have several options for an RV, but we are trying to determine what the Lord’s plan is. We are trying to go this with very little debt.

    I’ve attached our blog for you so you can “get to know us” a little bit, but I’ve not had time to update it for over a year now. We have 8 children (6 at home still) and 2 grandchildren, 1 on the way! (short story of missing blog year: job change, daughter #3 got married to a wonderful young man from IA! They are now expecting our grandchild #3! Parents moved out and went to NW AR to be nearby my sister, the Lord called us to FT rv-ing! Phew!)

    We do hope that we get to meet you all somewhere on the road! My dh is a Master Electrician. We will be finding work along the way and serving with Hard Hats for Christ once in awhile. Let us know if you hear of anyone needing his help! :)

    Thank you for all of your wonderful posts! I just added Winston Salem to our list! We may never stop RV-ing with so many places we “need” to go! LOL! We were just discussing this AM what route/plan we had and we were already “booked out” into year 2!!

    Cathy, TX

  2. Dana Ticknor says:

    Hi Cathy!
    I’m glad that you are enjoying all the fabulous, family-friendly stops were are discovering! We love to share them! :)
    Getting on the road is exciting! Maybe we will see you out here!!!
    :) Dana

  3. I’ve been reading your blog for awhile, but I’m terrible at commenting! My maiden name is Vogler so I’ll have to see if I am related to this guy–it’s not a very common last name! My family is all in Southern Illinois/Chicago area but they are of German descent. I’ll have to look at the family tree and see if this branch comes up. Thanks for the history lesson!

    • Dana Ticknor says:

      I’m glad that you enjoyed it Emily!
      Now you have me all curious too – please let me know if you find out that you are related to Timothy! :) (and nearly all my family is in IL too!)
      :) Dana

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