You can attempt to cross the busy streets that surround Old Salem, but crossing over the traffic on the covered bridge is to really be welcomed. Moravian Stars hover overhead and during this season, greenery is added to mark the beginning of the holiday season.
The village is the home for some very lucky families who lovingly care for their old dwellings......but also holds restored community buildings.
Guides dressed in the garb of the period tell stories of life so long ago.
two gents take a break to chat with the young lady in the long lavender dress
Still a living and breathing community, Salem College, Salem Academy
and a very large and active Moravian church thrive.
We stood outside the old church and listened to a saxophone ensemble practicing for upcoming holiday services. Hymns, carols, church bells...the atmosphere was extra special on this visit.
Old trees fill "God's Acre", an old cemetery filled with simple stones set upon rolling hills. The deceased are buried—not in family groups—but in well organized and beautifully maintained rows according to the date of their passing. On most of the older markers, the country/county of origin is listed along with the deceased's name.
The oldest stone there is dated 1771.
Gardens are seen throughout the village...
...as are traditional Moravian Stars.
Carriage mounting/dismounting stones and horse hitches are among the signs
of times gone by, hiding in plain sight.
If you look carefully at these peg and beam constructions, you can see Roman numerals etched into the wood, giving direction to the builders/restorers.
On this day, as the "golden hour" began, family groups, small children, and brides could be seen posing in especially quaint spots, with photographers snapping keepsake portraits.
We'll be visiting again...next autumn.