In just a few weeks, the “Salem” of Winston-Salem will begin celebrations in honor of its two hundred and fiftieth year. Salem was founded in 1766 by Moravian settlers who followed the Great Wagon Road south from Pennsylvania. Salem was the center of commerce between the outlying settlements of Bethabara and Bethania, as well as others. Today, all three of these settlements operate very similar to how they once did. Since 1950, Old Salem, Inc. has been on a mission to preserve this little town. Over the years, the organization has blossomed into Old Salem Museums and Gardens. The Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts or MESDA, has called Old Salem home since 2006 and the town can boast eleven gardens that use gardening practices that date from no later than 1847. Part of the celebration will include history lessons which reveal what life was like in the 18th century as well as a light show that shows Salem’s journey. Here’s a link to the website for more information regarding the goings-on.