Points of Interest in Old Salem

  • Single Brothers House, 1769
    This half-timbered structure with its brick addition in 1786, is where the unmarried men lived and operated their businesses. Usually, at the age of 14, Moravian boys came here to live and learn a trade.

  • Miksch Tobacco Shop, 1771
    The Miksch Tobacco Shop is a weatherboard, log building and was the first privately-owned house in Salem and is the oldest tobacco shop in America. Matthew Miksch owned and operated the shop.

  • Winkler Bakery, 1800
    Christian Winkler owned and operated the Winkler Bakery and set the baking traditions that are continued even today. The wood-fired oven is heated daily (except Sunday) and baked goods are sold to the visiting public.

  • Boys School, 1794
    This building which is now the Wachovia Museum was originally used as a boys school from 1794 until 1896.

  • Market-Fire House
    This building originally housed a meat market in 1803 and in 1856 the Salem board of aldermen voted to remove the market from the square as well as the fire-house which had been added to it. Julius Mickey was given permission to move the old building to the sw corner of Main and Belews Sts. There Mr. Mickey opened his grocery-tinsmith shop and it is also the original location of the famous Salem Coffee Pot.

  • John Vogler House, 1819
    This building was the house and shop of John Vogler the silversmith and clockmaker. You can read more about John Vogler and other Voglers from Salem in "Descendants of Philipp Christoph Vogler, Books I & II." It is one of the best "single family" genealogy books that I've discovered.

  • Salem Tavern
    This tavern (now a museum) was built, owned, and operated by the Moravians to accommodate the many visitors. There were many managers or keepers of the tavern over the years, one of whom was John Holland.

  • Shultz Shoemaker Shop, 1827
    This small shop was operated by Samuel Schultz, the maker of shoes and bootwear. Mr. Schultz did not live in this shop, but instead lived in a seperate residence away from his shop. He was one of the first to do so.

  • Vierling House and Apothecary, 1802
    This was the last house built by John Gottlob Krause and was the home of Dr. Samuel Benjamin Vierling, a most renowned physician. He performed procedures that even today would be regarded as major operations.

  • Augustus T. Zevely Inn
    This newest restoration in Old Salem is a Bed and Breakfast establishment. Dr. Augustus T. Zevely purchased this home from David Blum and used it for his home, office, and as a rooming house for visitors to Salem. You can contact the Zevely Inn for reservations. (910) 748-9299

  • Home Moravian Church, 1771
    The congregation of this church was founded in 1771 and the church sanctuary was built in 1800 and is the place of worship for the members today. The Church has retained many traditions of the past while providing a broad program of activity for the 20th-century congregation.

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