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.
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Oct 24, 2018 | News