Spend a Saturday in Salem this summer

On Saturdays at Old Salem, visitors can stroll, shop, and experience what daily life looked like for people centuries ago.


The Moravians used agricultural tools and machinery that you can see at Old Salem Museum and Gardens.

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Weekends looked different 250 years ago, especially this time of year. Summer was a busy time for Moravians in the town of Salem, who used the extra daylight to harvest and store food for winter.

Did you know? Visitors can stroll the streets of Old Salem Museum and Gardens from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. during Salem Saturdays in Summer. Here are a few of the must-see spots during your visit:

  • Watch talented potters continue the tradition of making goods at the Potter’s Workshop at T. Bagge.
  • See working gardens and how they fed the Salem community at the Seed Saving Lab.
  • Learn about the free and enslaved people who worshiped at St. Philips African Moravian Church.
  • Grab a sugar cake at Winkler Bakery and see what it took to make baked goods in the summer heat.

Salem Saturdays in Summer runs through Saturday, Sept. 16. Pro tip: Buy a ticket before you go so you can start exploring as soon as you park.