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The two RV Gypsies in Old Salem, NC
May 21, 2022 & May 10, 2023 & November 9, 2023

The two RV Gypsies stopped at Reynolds Park for a picnic lunch May 21, 2022.

Reynolds Park sign

Below: Then the two RV Gypsies visited the Old Salem Visitor Center and of course bought something for their annual "Christmas Memory tree". They try to buy something to hang on the tree each year that is a memory of wherever they have visited. (To see a photo of the decorated travel tree, click here,) but be sure to return to this page.

Then the two RV Gypsies exited the back door of the Old Salem Visitor Center and crossed over the Heritage Bridge to walk around Old Salem.

Old Salem Visitor Center

Below: Karen Duquette took a photo of the back doorway and there was a ghost in the photo (NO, the image of Karen taking the photo is NOT the ghost. So look on the other side of the photo to see the "white hair ghost with the see-through body".)

a ghost in the windowlaughing clipart dude

Below: A beautiful organ inside The Visitor Center. These photos had to be taken through a window because visitors could not get closer (thus the reflections in the photos). In the hallway, a video was playing that told all about the organ. But visitors have to stand up to watch the video.

the Pipe organ the Pipe organ

Below: Signs on the wall in the hallway about the Organ.

Organ restorations sign
sign about Moravian Music

Below: Leaving the Visitor’s Center via the back door, the two RV Gypsies came to the Old Salem Heritage Bridge, also known as Old Salem Pedestrian Bridge in some articles. The bridge was erected in 1998 and was designed in a style that would have been similar to those that had been erected by the Moravian community in the past. Although it is a modern covered bridge, it has the appearance of an older bridge, erected to fit into the design of the historic area. The bridge provides a safe way to access Old Salem from the Visitor’s Center.This covered bridge was erected with a Burr arch truss and spans one hundred and twenty feet over Old Salem Road. It features a single span supported by concrete abutments at each end.

Below: 2022 photos of the bridge and sign. One Moravian star hung in the middle of the bridge.

Old Salem Heritage Bridge
Old Salem Heritage Bridge sign

Below (2022 photos): A closer look at the one Moravian Star in the center of the Heritage Bridge. The star’s origin starts with the Moravian Church. According to the church's website, these stars came about from geometry lessons. Moravian boarding school students in Germany made these intricate stars during class, and religious leaders and church workers brought these stars along with them while doing missionary work during the nineteenth century.

In the Moravian religion, the star is symbolic of God, and is often correlated with the star of Bethlehem, which has led to an association of these stars with advent during the Christmas season. While this symbolic form is still used in the church, many people have adopted it into their homes as secular statement decor with no religious affiliation.

Moravian star Moravian star

Below: The two RV Gypsies were here once again on May 11, 2023. A friendly group of young girls took a photo of The two RV Gypsies at the bridge. Additional stars were hanging above inside the bridge. And this time, some of the Moravian Stars were in colors. The sign in front of the bridge was turned around backwards for some reason.

Old Salem Heritage Bridge
the two RV Gypsies

Below: November 9, 2023 - The two RV Gypsies were at the Heritage Bridge once again, and this time all of the Moravian Stars were white.

the Heritage Bridge and Moravian Stars the Heritage Bridge and Moravian Star
the Heritage Bridge and Moravian Star

Below: Old Salem is a historic district of Winston-Salem, North Carolina that was originally settled by the Moravian community in 1766. This small city features a living history museum that interprets the restored Moravian community. The non-profit organization began its work in 1950, although some private residents had restored buildings earlier. As the Old Salem Historic District, it was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1966. and expanded in 2016. The district showcases the culture of the Moravian settlement in North Carolina during the 18th and 19th centuries, communal buildings, churches, houses, and shops.

Welcome to historic Old Salem sign

Below: An antique gun hung on the front of a building in the historic Moravian community of Old Salem.

antique gun
flowers flower

Below: Lee Duquette just had to play with the old-style water pump and make water spill out.

Lee Duquete and a water pump

Below: Leaving the Old Salem area, and going into downtown Salem.

art reflecting building

look below

go to the next adventureThe two RV Gypsies took Segway tours in Winston-Salem both in 2022 and also on two different dates in 2023 (same Segway company, but different areas, different photos, different experiences.)