Winston-Salem book signing of Images of Old Salem tomorrow

Images of Old Salem by David Bergstone

If you’re heading out to do some holiday shopping in Winston-Salem tomorrow, you’ll have to stop by Barnes & Noble, located at 1925 Hampton Inn Court, between 2 and 4 p.m. The perfect gift for anyone who’s lived in this city, Images of Old Salem: Then and Now shows just how Old Salem has become the historic gem it is today.

If you’re not from around here, you may not know that Old Salem is a self-contained preservation of a pre–Revolutionary War Moravian settlement that, like Colonial Williamsburg, has delighted and awed countless visitors with its warm clapboard homes and heirloom gardens. To walk among its cobbled roads and living history interpreters  is to walk in eras past. Yet few have stopped to consider the rich history of each building or the fascinating work that has allowed Old Salem to so faultlessly capture its heritage.

Images of Old Salem: Then & Now uses exclusive historical images alongside present-day color photographs to show the evolution of the village. The accompanying text provides insight into how each component was preserved.

Get your own copy (and one for someone you love this holiday season) tomorrow, December 4, between 2 and 4 p.m. at the Winston-Salem Barnes & Noble. If you already own the book and have some questions for the author, David Bergstone, please stop by to chat with him. As the director of architecture at Old Salem, he can answer any of your questions.

Enjoy your weekend!

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Author Chris Hartley kicks off his book tour in a big way

Last Thursday, we at Blair celebrated the launch of Stoneman’s Raid, 1865, with author Chris Hartley at Old Salem Museums & Gardens. This wasn’t just any old launch party–a Moravian brass band played Civil War-era music, guests enjoyed Moravian cookies and wine, and the team at Old Salem raffled off a 1860 cavalry sword replica.

Some of the Blair staff got some great photos of the big event. Enjoy!

Moravian brass band plays for the crowd that came out to meet Chris Hartley.

Moravian brass band plays for the crowd that came out to meet Chris Hartley.

Chris Hartley signs a copy of his book for a fan.

Chris Hartley signs a copy of his book for a fan.

It was standing room only at Chris Hartley's presentation.

It was standing room only at Chris Hartley's presentation.

A reader enters the raffle for a 1860 cavalry sword replica.

A reader enters the raffle for a 1860 cavalry sword replica.

Little Chloe wins the sword for her father. Congrats, Chloe!

Little Chloe wins the sword for her father. Congrats, Chloe!

Thank you to all the Civil War fans who came out to learn more about Stoneman’s Raid. And many thanks to Old Salem for throwing a great party–we certainly couldn’t have done this without you!