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The birthplace of Winston-Salem, Bethabara is the site of the first European settlement in the Piedmont Triad of North Carolina. In 1753, fifteen Moravians set out on a long journey down the Great Wagon Road from Pennsylvania to North Carolina and settled a small village, naming it Bethabara or “house of passage.” By the 1760s, Bethabara had developed into a bustling town of commerce and trade, with a profitible Brewery and Distillery (the first commercial operation in North Carolina), a Pottery Shop, and a Tavern. After the completion of Salem, the population of Bethabara decreased, but remained an active agricultural community through the early 20th century. To learn more about how Bethabara became a historic site, read about our founder, Edwin L. Stockton. 

Aerial view of the vendor market at Apple Festival 2018
Who We Are Today
Today, the park offers free special events for the community, 183 acres of wildlife preserve, historic gardens, over 10 miles of trails, centuries-old buildings, a reconstructed French and Indian War palisade and colonial village, and the 1788 Gemeinhaus Church, the oldest standing church with attached residence in the United States. We also offer affordable tours to walk-in visitors during Visitor Center open hours ($4 for adults and $1 for children.) Please call ahead to schedule a group tour of more than 10 people.

Our experienced tour guide, Julius, answering questions about the Gemeinhaus kitchen.
Explore the restored 1788 Gemeinhaus with an experienced tour guide. Bethabara’s 18th century Gemeinhaus, meaning “meeting house” in German, is the only German colonial church with attached minister’s living quarters remaining in the United States. The Gemeinhaus was not only a church, but also a town hall, school, and minister’s residence. Tour guides walk visitors through room-by-room, using the space and objects to tell Bethabara’s story. The tour includes a 15 minute video about the history of the Moravians at Bethabara.
Tour Length: Approximately 1 hour
Admission Fee: $4 for adults; $1 for students and children over 3 years of age

Our veteran tour guide, Gene, demonstrating hoop trundling, a colonial game.
Learn about colonial life through the eyes of a child. This tour is recommended to the young and young at heart. Unlike our Gemeinhaus Tour, visitors are encouraged to touch and play with the objects inside the Log House as an experienced tour guide shares the day-to-day lives of colonial children. Sweep the yard, gather eggs, try on colonial clothes, play colonial games, churn butter, and more on this family-friendly tour. The tour includes a 15 minute video about the history of the Moravians at Bethabara.
Tour Length: Approximately 30 minutes – 1 hour
Admission Fee: $4 for adults; $1 for students and children over 3 years of age