Salem Tavern

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Salem Tavern
Salem Tavern Old Salem NC Jan 2015.jpg
1784 Salem Tavern, January 2015
Salem Tavern is located in North Carolina
Salem Tavern
Location 800 S. Main St., Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Coordinates 36°5′7″N 80°14′31″W / 36.08528°N 80.24194°W / 36.08528; -80.24194Coordinates: 36°5′7″N 80°14′31″W / 36.08528°N 80.24194°W / 36.08528; -80.24194
Built 1784
Architect Unknown
Architectural style No Style Listed
Governing body Private
Part of Old Salem Historic District (#66000591)
NRHP Reference # 66000592
Significant dates
Added to NRHP October 15, 1966[1]
Designated NHL January 29, 1964[2]

Salem Tavern was a tavern in the 18th-century town of Salem, North Carolina, now within the city of Winston-Salem, Forsyth County, North Carolina. It is part of Old Salem Museums & Gardens and open as an Old Salem tour building to visitors.

Constructed on the foundations of an earlier 1771 Tavern which burnt to the ground in 1784, it was quickly rebuilt since it formed an important function in the Moravian Church community which was a trade town. Constructed by mason Johann Gottlob Krause using bricks already on hand for another building, the Tavern reopened quickly. The Tavern complex was later expanded by the construction of a wooden building to the north in 1815, then a building connected the two was constructed in 1832. The two story porch was run across the three buildings in 1838. The Tavern was the lodgings for George Washington for two nights during his Southern Tour in 1791.

The Tavern and adjacent 1815 building have been restored to their original appearances.

It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1964.[2][3]



  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2007-01-23. 
  2. ^ a b "Salem Tavern". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. Retrieved 2008-02-26. 
  3. ^ Polly M. Rettig and Horace J. Sheehy, Jr. (June 5, 1975). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination: Salem Tavern" (pdf). National Park Service.  and Accompanying two photos, exterior, from 1969 PDF (32 KB)


  • Old Salem: The Official Guidebook. Penelope Niven and Cornelia Wright. Old Salem Inc.: Winston-Salem, NC. 2000.

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