Locations and Additional Resources

Due to the fact that Wake Forest University has cancelled all in-person classes and gatherings of 50 people or more for an indefinite period of time, we have decided to reschedule the entire conference for this coming fall semester. We are aiming for September 2020, and will be in regular communication as we restructure our schedule.


Moravian Archives
457 S. Church Street
Winston-Salem, NC 27101

Salem College
Hanes Auditorium 

Elberson Fine Arts Center
500 E. Salem Avenue
Winston-Salem, NC 27101

Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts (MESDA)
924 South Main Street
Winston-Salem, NC 27101

Reynolda House Museum of American Art
2250 Reynolda Road
Winston-Salem, NC 27106

Hanesbrands Theatre
Milton Rhodes Art Center
209 Spruce Street North
Winston-Salem, NC 27101

Old Salem Museum and Gardens
600 South Main Street
Winston-Salem, NC 27101

Winston-Salem State University
Dillard Hall
Albert H. Anderson Jr. Conference Center
601 South Martin Luther King Jr. Drive
Winston-Salem, NC 27107

Additional Resources

Click here to read about the explanation of the connection between the Reynolda House Museum, Old Salem, and the Conference.

Click here to read Professor Grant McAllister’s article about Easter in the Winston-Salem Journal as an example of the conference theme.

Click here for a Call for Papers to next year’s Moravian Archive Conference in Bethlehem.

Click here to visit the Blog for the Moravian Studies Collaborative and its work. Contact J. Eric Elliott (moravianarchives@nullmcsp.org) for more information.

Local Moravian Settlements

While in town you are invited to visit these two early Moravian settlements:

Historic Bethabara Park

2147 Bethabara Road
Winston-Salem, NC 27106
(336) 924-8191
Hours: Tuesday-Friday: 10:30AM – 4:30PM
Saturday & Sunday: 1:30PM – 4:30PM
Executive Director: Samantha Smith

Bethabara is the site of the first European settlement in the Piedmont Triad of North Carolina. In 1753, fifteen Moravians set out on a long journey down the Great Wagon Road from Pennsylvania to North Carolina and settled a small village, naming it Bethabara or “house of passage.” By the 1760s, Bethabara had developed into a bustling town of commerce and trade, with a profitable brewery and distillery (the first commercial operation in North Carolina), a pottery shop, and a tavern. After the completion of Salem, the population of Bethabara decreased, but remained an active agricultural community through the early 20th century. Today, the park offers free special events for the community, 183 acres of wildlife preserve, historic gardens, over 10 miles of trails, centuries-old buildings, a reconstructed French and Indian War palisade and colonial village, and the 1788 Gemeinhaus Church, the oldest standing church with attached residence in the United States. Recently the park installed a new lobby exhibit including interactions of Moravians with native peoples and the introduction of enslaved labor into the village. We also offer affordable tours of the Gemeinhaus and Log House to walk-in visitors during Visitor Center open hours ($4 for adults and $1 for children.)

Historic Bethania

5393 Ham Horton Lane
Bethania, NC 27010
(336) 922-0434
Hours: Tues-Sat 10am-4pm
Director: Dr. Michele Williams

Bethania, founded in 1759, was the first planned Moravian settlement in North Carolina. Historic Bethania exists as the only remaining independent, continuously active Moravian village in the southern United States, and is the only known existing Germanic-type Linear Agricultural village in the South. The 500-acre Bethania National Historic Landmark district is the largest National Landmark in Forsyth County. Historic Bethania Visitors Center interprets the history of generations who settled in the town starting in mid-18th century. With restored Wolff-Moser House and former Alpha Chapel on site. Free admission. Experience their historic landscapes walking the Black Walnut Trail.

Old Salem Museums and Gardens

600 South Main Street
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
Museum Hours
Tuesday – Saturday: 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Sunday: 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Closed Mondays
President & CEO: Franklin Vagnone

Our Mission:  Old Salem Museums & Gardens presents an authentic view of the rich cultural history of early Southern life to diverse audiences—with special emphasis on the Moravians in North Carolina—through the preservation and interpretation of historic objects, buildings, and landscapes.

About Old Salem Museums & Gardens

In 1950, a group of dedicated volunteers established Old Salem, Inc. as a way to begin preserving and restoring the town of Salem for future generations. As Old Salem grew, more buildings were restored and new facilities were added – including the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts (MESDA).

In addition to having two National Historic Landmark buildings, the Salem Tavern and the Single Brother’s House, Old Salem was designated as a National Historic Landmark (NHL) District in 1966, and it’s boundaries were redefined in the 1970s. Old Salem has worked since the 1990s to expand the historic district in order to more comprehensively encompass the broader Moravian experience and influence. In 2016 the National Park Service approved an expansion of the NHL district, including changes to the boundaries, additional time periods of significance, and more types of resources.

Click here for ticket and membership information.