The first European settlement in the North Carolina Piedmont, founded by Moravians in 1753.
Founded in 1753 by German-speaking Moravians, Bethabara was the first European settlement in the North Carolina piedmont. Today, Historic Bethabara Park preserves the history and heritage of the “Old Town.” A National Historic Landmark and Local Historic District, the Park encompasses 183 acres of preserved wildlife, historic buildings and grounds, walking and birding trails, and protected wetlands.
The Park is managed by the City of Winston-Salem Recreation and Parks Department and supported by Historic Bethabara Park Inc, a 501c(3) nonprofit organization.
At a Glance
National Historic Landmark
Historic Bethabara Park is a National Historic Landmark, pre-dating Old Salem as the birthplace of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County, founded in 1753.
Poindexter Wildlife Preserve
183 acres of wetlands, 126 species of birds, walking and birding trails including the Poindexter Wildlife Preserve
Educational and entertainment attraction for 137,366 local, national and international visitors.
School tour programs educating 3,611 children from over 30 schools.
Host to free, community, family-focused, special events with attendance of more than 27,113.
Local, National, and International Visitors