Bethania and Old Salem, North Carolina
Continuing with my family history quest, after leaving Virginia it was on to Winston-Salem, N.C. and Old Salem for the next leg of our trip. Just outside of Winston-Salem we made a quick detour to visit Bethania, the first Moravian village established in 1759. http://www.townofbethania.org/
I had Moravian records from Salem showing that my ggggggrandfather, Lawrence Clinard married Rosina Miller in Salem Tavern Feb. 24, 1789. I booked a few nights at the Augustus T. Zevely Inn in Old Salem so we could be in the midst of the history. The Salem Tavern is located just across the street from the inn. The inn was very nice and we enjoyed the historic ambiance. http://www.winston-salem-inn.com/
Dinner is still served at the Salem Tavern, where you dine by candlelight for dinner, just as Lawrence and Rosina must have 224 years ago on their wedding day. The restaurant today is in the yellow building and the Tavern is the brick building.
Feb 22, 1789, their banns were announced …
The dining Tavern today (below)
Some snapshots around Old Salem…
The Moravian Church in Old Salem. You can learn more about the church, religion and their archives resources at: http://homemoravian.org/
The Moravian Archives
My Lawrence Clinard and his wife, Rosina Miller had a little girl that drowned in their spring and was buried in God’s Acre in 1791. It was noted on March 5-7, 1791 in the Moravian Records… We think that Rosina Miller’s father, Friedrich Miller was probably Moravian.
T. Bagge’s store
You can learn more about Old Salem at: www.oldsalem.org/
Next stop is a visit out to Abbotts Creek where our Clinards homesteaded and still live. We’ll visit two early cemeteries where the Clinards are buried and meet a Clinard cousin!