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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

#PagesFromthePast: The Moravians in Bethabara got to add a little variety to their diet!

Bethabara Diary, March 1, 1756: “Today we ate the first fish we have had in Wachovia; they were caught in the mill-race, and there were enough that each of us might have a little.” Records of the Moravians in North Carolina, Vol. 1 pg. 163. #bethabara #wsnc #moravianhistory #nchistoricsites #thisdayinhistory

Drawing of Bethabara's mill

The Visitor Center opens at noon today! Please wear your mask. We look forward to seeing you soon! #cityofwinstonsalem #cityofws #piedmonttriad #moravianhistory #moravians #nationalhistoriclandmark #nchistoricsites #nchistory #americancolonialhistory #visitnc ...

Good news...the Gift Shop at the Visitor Center will reopen tomorrow. Guided tours of the Gemeinhaus will resume also but must be prescheduled by telephone at least five days in advance. Please call 336-397-7587 to schedule your tour. #cityofwinstonsalem #cityofws #piedmonttriad #moravianhistory #moravians #nationalhistoriclandmark #nchistoricsites #nchistory #americancolonialhistory ...

Historic Bethabara Park will welcome visitors back to our Visitor Center beginning Wednesday, September 16. Our hours of operation will be:

Wednesday-Friday: 12:00-4:00 PM

Saturday-Sunday: 10:30-4:30 PM

Monday-Tuesday: Closed.

Guided tours of the 1788 Gemeinhaus will be offered to groups of 6 or fewer. All tours must be reserved in advance at least five days before you'd like to visit. Please call 336-397-7587 to schedule your tour.

To help ensure the safety of our staff and visitors, we will have some new procedures in place:

- Limiting visitors to allow a comfortable visit to the Visitor Center and Gemeinhaus.

- Requiring cloth masks to enter the Visitor Center and historic structures, as outlined in Executive Order 163.

- Interactive exhibit features will be closed.

Visitors are expected to follow the “Three W’s” as outlined by the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services – WEAR a cloth mask over your nose and mouth, WAIT in line at least six feet away from others, and WASH your hands frequently or use hand sanitizer. If you are experiencing symptoms of illness, we ask that you postpone your visit.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Stay tuned for more details about our ONLINE, interactive Hands on History Day on Saturday, September 26! #cityofwinstonsalem #cityofws #piedmonttriad #moravianhistory #moravians #americancolonialhistory #nationalhistoriclandmark #visitnc #colonialreenactors #nchistoricsites #nchistory ...

Another new episode of @moravian_mornings is here! Join Maizie and Casey for part 2 of their interview with Jacob Crews about Moravian clothing in the 18th century. Missed part 1? You can listen to both here: ...

#PagesFromThePast: 264 years ago today, the master potter in Bethabara finished firing his second batch of pottery, which was used to meet the needs of the community.

Bethabara Diary, Sept. 10, 1756: “Br. Aust burned pottery today for the second time,--the glazing did well,--and so the great need is at last relieved. Each living room now has the ware it needs, and the kitchen is furnished. There is also a set of mugs of uniform size for Lovefeast.” Records of the Moravians in North Carolina, Vol. 1 pg. 172 #bethabara #wsnc #moravianhistory #nchistoricsites #thisdayinhistory

A late summer view of the muscadine grape arbor in the Community Garden. Using archaeological research and historic maps and illustrations, the garden today is an exact reconstruction of the historic garden that was planted in 1758. #cityofws #cityofwinstonsalem #piedmonttriad #moravianhistory #moravians #americancolonialhistory #ncgardening #nchistoricsites #nchistory #visitnc #nationalhistoriclandmark ...

“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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