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Historic Bethabara Park

Dedicated to preserving the history and heritage of Bethabara, founded by Moravians in 1753.

Virtual Field Trips

We miss sharing Bethabara’s history with you, so we decided to launch the Virtual Field Trip video series to bring the Bethabara experience directly to your devices. 

The Visitor Center has been closed until further notice. Park grounds and trails are open, however some trails are closed for construction.

Discover Historic Bethabara Park

Plan Your Visit

Learn about Bethabara’s past, present, and future

Historic Buildings and Grounds

Learn about our dedication to preservation and stewardship

Tools and Trades of Bethabara

Learn about the tools and trades of 18th century Bethabara.

Bethabara's Enslaved

Uncover the stories of Bethabara’s enslaved in our new exhibit

Our History

The legacy of Edwin Stockton, founder of Historic Bethabara

Our Collections

View our archive of artifacts and historic documents

#memorialdayweekend Thank you to Jo Beth Boyles for submitting this 1987 photo of these Revolutionary War re-enactors of the 6th North Carolina Regiment at Historic Bethabara Park. #cityofwinstonsalem #cityofws #piedmonttriad #visitnc #moravianhistory #moravians #americancolonialhistory #americanrevolution #nchistoricsites #nchistory #nationalhistoriclandmark ...

Bethabara's grounds and trails remain open if you are looking for a holiday weekend outing. Pictured here is the Palisade Fort, one of the only French and Indian War forts in the Southeast reconstructed on its original site, from 1760. A meticulous reconstruction project took place in 2012 and 2013, when 2,200 posts were replaced. #cityofwinstonsalem #cityofws #piedmonttriad #visitnc #nationalhistoriclandmark #moravianhistory #moravians #visitnc #americancolonialhistory #frenchandindianwar #nchistoricsites #nchistory ...

#flashbackfriday Some of our re-enactors at Founder's Day last November. The early Moravian settlers at Bethabara lived through both the French and Indian War as well as the American Revolution, providing supplies and aid as needed and demanded. #cityofwinstonsalem #cityofws #moravianhistory #moravians #visitnc #nchistoricsites #nchistory #americancolonialhistory #nationalhistoriclandmark #piedmonttriad ...

#PagesFromThePast Moravians in Wachovia faced shortages from the very start of the American Revolution. Here they discuss how those would impact their beloved Lovefeast tradition.  May 13, 1776: “At present tea, coffee, and sugar are very expensive for use in Lovefeasts. We discussed the possibility of using wine made from wild grapes, mixed with Marticelum, and decided to try it. We might use cider or currant wine or blackberry wine, but they could not be ready before next year.” (Records of the Moravians in NC, Volume 3, pg. 1085) #bethabara #wsnc #moravianhistory #nchistoricsites #thisdayinhistory

Photo of teapot from Bethabara Collection, courtesy of Stephen Compton, author of North Carolina’s Moravian Potters: The Art and Mystery of Pottery-Making in Wachovia.

#waybackwednesday Thank you to Jo Beth Boyles for sharing this 1978 photo of a train derailment at Bethabara. Can anyone fill in any details about the event? #cityofwinstonsalem #cityofws #piedmonttriad #nchistoricsites #nchistory #moravianhistory #moravians #nationalhistoriclandmark #visitnc @cityofwinstonsalem ...

Thank you to Jo Beth Boyles for submitting this 1972 family photo of the Gemeinhaus at Historic Bethabara Park. If you have an archival photo to share of Bethabara, please send it to us at #cityofwinstonsalem #piedmonttriad #nchistoricsites #nchistory #visitnc #nationalhistoriclandmark #moravian #moravianhistory #americancolonialhistory ...

Thrilled to share that Bethabara has BEES again, just like the early Moravians! These guys are tucked away in a nice spot off the beaten path. Big thanks to our beekeeper, Paul, for caring for these new hives. ...

“This was my first time at the park, but I would return again when visiting Winston-Salem. Bethabara is smaller and less crowded than nearby Old Salem. It is also much more affordable. The archeological sites were well preserved…it was clear that Historic Bethabara Park is lovingly and thoughtfully maintained.”


Trip Advisor

“I live within a ten-minute walk of the park, have trod its paths for years, worked in its community garden, brought out-of-town guests for the tour, attended many Apple Festivals and Celtic Festivals, sung in the Gemeinhaus at Christmas. I bought my house here because it was close to this wonderful park! It’s not just beautiful and historic, but it is full of life and music with so many events throughout the year.”


Facebook Reviewer

“My daughter and I went here on a field trip for our homeschool…I loved this place, my daughter loved this place, it is so well preserved and it makes you feel like you have stepped back in time. We went back the next day to the Apple Festival and had a great time. It is beautiful here, peaceful and will always make for a great place to go again and again.”


Google Reviewer

Our Mission

Historic Bethabara Park, Inc. supports the Park in on-going efforts to enhance the cultural heritage of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County by maintaining and restoring it historical structures. Significantly, the 1756 Palisade Fort was restored through the help of many individuals, companies and foundations throughout our community and the state. Most recently, the 1843 Log House roof was restored after in-depth research to confirm the year of its construction and with materials and construction techniques consistent with that period. With the rich array of historic buildings and foundations, Historic Bethabara Park and HBP, Inc. has a consistent focus on ensuring the integrity and accessibility of these community treasures. 

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