The original town center of Salem, North Carolina was established in 1766 by Moravians, a group of German relious immigrants down from Pennsylvania. This small group were professional craftsmans, Salem became a haven for entrepreneurs. Now known as Old Salem, it is one of America's most authentic and well-documented colonial sites with more than 100 restored and reconstructed buildings. We watched and learned from costumed interpreters perform household activities of European and African Americans who resided here through 1840. The Moravians as a religous people have a huge following and churches throughout the countryside of this area. The original people called their village, Wachovia for "like their land of Wach" a region in Germany. Now you know what Wachovia means.
Enjoy the pics. We sure enjoyed our day in Old Salem.
Lexington, N.C. where we are staying also has some neat history. The next town to the west is Mocksville. While driving through the mid south you’ll find a plethora of places claiming to be a home or birthplace of Dan’l Boone. The town of Mocksville, NC right near here holds a Daniel Boone Family Festival each May. Daniel Boone called Davie County home. He was one of many settler families. Boone eventually set out for points west, but before he left a young woman caught his eye. Daniel married Rebecca Bryan near Mocksville on August 14, 1756. His parents are buried at a cemetery in another little town near Mocksville. Evidently the family lived near when Dan’l was a young man. Here’s a neat little story out of the local history books for ya. In the summer of 1776 while on a Sunday evening outing, Frances Callaway, Elizabeth Callaway and Jemima Boone, daughter of Daniel and Rebecca Boone were kidnapped by a marauding band of Cherokee and Shawnee Indians. For five fearful days the girls were drug through the Kentucky wilderness. Over time the girls began to despair and feared they would never be found. Two groups of men, one led by Daniel Boone on foot, the other on horseback led by Richard Callaway set out to find the girls. After several days, due to Daniel Boone’s brilliant tracking abilities, his party caught up with the elusive captors in a clearing over thirty miles away from where the girls were taken. Boone’s group quietly crept in upon the kidnappers. In a surprise attack they overcame the marauders and brought the girls safely back home.