Monday, August 30, 2010

Old Salem

(Sonu solved an earlier quiz ‘Who is the photographer?’ and now quickly figured out this one too.)

Old Salem is around 100 miles from our home in Cary, North Carolina. North Carolina, around 250 miles south of the US capital Washington DC; is a picturesque state with the Smoky Mountains on the west, beautiful beaches on the east, scenic walking trails, numerous lakes and parks in all three geographic regions.

Old Salem is a little town in Piedmont region. Old Salem Historic District is a National Historic Landmark.

Originally built in 1700s by Moravians who emigrated from Moravia province of Czech Republic, the town has been restored by recreating shops, houses and church showcasing the culture of Moravians settlement in 1800s. Besides the buildings, it is working town with costumed people making furniture or baking bread using earlier period techniques. In the Old Salem Museum, the visitors can interact with the living history skilled blacksmiths, tinsmiths, bakers and carpenters practicing their skills.

Old Salem provides a unique, creative and an effective method to learn history by watching (or living) it firsthand.




27 comments:

Kiran Bajaj Sawhney said...

O you changed your blog template? I like it. Its nice.
I have been to North Carolina. Not Old Salem. Nice post.

SG said...

Salem? I know only one Salem. That is Salem in Tamilnadu. It is one of the largest cities in Tamilnadu.

Insignia said...

Interesting.

Bikramjit said...

Thats amazing, we have the same here in UK at a few tourist places where they are living as they did THen.. you can interact
Nice one This is what i mean everywhere in world govts or private concerns are doing there utmost to keep there heritage intact but we seem to be loosing ours back home .. sad

rohini said...

oh thnx...that was quite interesting...:)

R. Ramesh said...

wow very interesting...makes us feel like visiting the place..cheers buddy and thanks 4 all yr encouragement.:)

chitra said...

Interesting post. Can't travel every where. so reading and enjoying posts also takes one to diff.places.

Usha said...

I visited mountain area few times but didn't know about this place..Nice place to visit. Beautiful pictures...I loved the pottery...Great puzzle post.

Do they keep that fire stove burning all the time for visitors?

rama said...

Is this Salem not the Salem of witchcraft?

Emily, Ruby Slipper Traveller said...

Very interesting. We used to have something similar in the city in Ontario where I was a child. It left me with a life long addiction to native-style bread!

sm said...

from coffee and sugar cake gave me Idea that it is USA.
like this template

NRIGirl said...

Wow A! Love the new look and feel of the site!
Good job!

What is wrong with the Salem pictures? They only appear in 1/8th of the screen vertically for me... Is it just me?!

NRIGirl said...

Wow! Love the look and feel of the site!

Good job!

raji said...

hi 'A" THIS ONE WAS INTERESTING..WAS IT THAT EASY FOR THE QUIZ WINNER TO CRACK IT? IS IT A FAMOUS TOURIST MUSEUM? DO PEOPLE REALLY PRACTISE THOSE SKILLS IN THE MUSEUM EVEN TODAY?

Samvedna said...

and i thought that Salem was in TN:)...see now rural ambiance is created at many places for tourists..I saw heritage houses in Cincinnati and their style and living resembled ours so much.

A said...

Thanks everyone.

I agree similar places exist everywhere. I did not know there is a place called Salem in TN. Also reading comment about Sweden (in the other post) was interesting.

European resemblance because of origin of people who made this town in 1700s.

Raji, it was an easy quiz winner. Moravian history is part of history course here in NC schools. Our daughter asked us to take here there because she was learning about it in school.

BK Chowla, said...

Thanks,I could not have guessed it

The Panorama said...

Nice and informative:-) By the way; I like your blog!

Babli said...

Thanks for this wonderful post. Got good knowledge. Very nice and informative post.

shuchita said...

nice post,and thanks for the nice comments, following you now

Babli said...

Thanks a lot for your lovely comment.

shuchita said...

Dear A: ya I got a bit lazy yesterday and decided to make a post out of it :)

sujata said...

I knew of salem being a city that makes steel in tamil Nadu. Thanks for this piece of info!

R. Ramesh said...

Thanks buddy:)

Choco said...

Is this the same Salem that was famous for burning witches at the stake during medieval times? Or was that just folklore?

ps Lovely pics :)

wise donkey said...

oh i got it wrong:(

but interesting info, didn't even imagine it:)

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