Moravian Village Tour Winston-Salem

Winston-Salem, North Carolina

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In 1874, Richard Joshua Reynolds arrived here on horseback from Virginia to start a tobacco factory, which later became the R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company. But more than a century before the tobacco baron set up shop here, the region was home to German-speaking Moravians. The persecuted members of a Protestant sect came from Germany by way of Pennsylvania to settle in an area they called Die Wachau, later called Wachovia, and they established the villages of Bethabara and Bethania. You still can see how these thrifty people lived at Historic Bethabara Park, site of the area’s first Moravian settlement, and at Old Salem, founded as a town and backcountry trading center in 1766. With good reason, Winston-Salem’s dominant tourism attraction today is Old Salem, a straight shot from Raleigh-Durham on I–40 west. The historic district near downtown is one of the most authentic restorations in the United States. No visit to Winston- Salem would be complete without a stroll along Old Salem’s cobblestone streets, but there is much to see beyond Old Salem as well.

Moravian Village Tour: Winston-Salem Professional Review and Guide

"In 1874, Richard Joshua Reynolds arrived here on horseback from Virginia to start a tobacco factory, which later became the R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company. But more than a century before the tobacco baron set up shop here, the region was home to German-speaking Moravians. The persecuted members of a Protestant sect came from Germany by way of Pennsylvania to settle in an area they called Die Wachau, later called Wachovia, and they established the villages of Bethabara and Bethania.

You still can see how these thrifty people lived at Historic Bethabara Park, site of the area’s first Moravian settlement, and at Old Salem, founded as a town and backcountry trading center in 1766. With good reason, Winston-Salem’s dominant tourism attraction today is Old Salem, a straight shot from Raleigh-Durham on I–40 west. The historic district near downtown is one of the most authentic restorations in the United States. No visit to Winston- Salem would be complete without a stroll along Old Salem’s cobblestone streets, but there is much to see beyond Old Salem as well."

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Winston-Salem
Duration: One day to several days
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: All contact information for attractions, dining, and lodging are provided in the eTrail.
Driving Directions: Directions to Moravian Village Tour: Winston-Salem

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