Park Hours and Information

Guided Tour Admission

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$4 for adults

$1 for students and children over 3 years old

Park grounds are open free of charge, year-round, from dawn to dusk.

Visitor Center Hours

Monday: Closed

Tuesday-Saturday: 10:30AM – 4:30PM

Sunday: 1:30PM – 4:30PM

Closed Easter, Juneteenth, Thanksgiving Day and from mid-December till the end of the year. Open weekend hours January – March.

Park grounds always open dawn to dusk

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Our Location

2147 Bethabara Road

Winston-Salem, NC 27106

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Assistant Historic Sites Supervisor: Diana Overbey

Special Events Coordinator: Jennifer Bower

Senior Accounting Clerk: Debbie Leonard

Crew Coordinator: Tammy Moore

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One of the first European settlements in the North Carolina Piedmont, founded by Moravians in 1753.

Our History

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 Attraction

Educational and entertainment attraction for 137,366 local, national and international visitors.

School Programs

School tour programs educating 3,611 children from over 30 schools. 

Free Events

Host to free, community, family-focused, special events with attendance of more than 27,113.

Local, National, and International Visitors

International tourist destination with visitors from across the U.S. and 14 countries.


The mission of Historic Bethabara Park, Inc. is the documentation, preservation, interpretation, promotion, and public celebration of Winston-Salem’s 18th century birthplace. The mission directly strengthens the historical and cultural identity, social capital, and quality of life of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County. Since 1970, the Trustees and Executive Directors of Historic Bethabara Park, Inc. have served as stewards to the site.