DON’T expect to spend more than a day in Old Salem.
DON’T buy anything at the local shops – especially the “antique” ones. They’re fun to look through, but they’re overpriced and many of the items aren’t authentic.
DO go to Winkler Bakery.
DO stay long enough at the bakery to listen to the baker’s description of how the oven works and watch him make the breads.
DO plan your trip for a Saturday so that you can attend the Cobblestone Farmers Market. The goods are all from sustainable farms and the community lights up.
DO talk to the locals. They’re friendly, good conversationalists and the best way to get to know a place is to rub elbows with and talk to the community.
DON’T forget to visit the cemetery. Now, I normally avoid cemeteries because I find the idea of visiting hallowed ground as a tourist a little disrespectful and creepy. We didn’t walk the grounds, then, but rather stood outside the gate and marveled at the uniformity of this particular cemetery.
DO research which places require a ticket before you go so that you know which ticket, if any, you need to purchase. Online has ticket discounts and a comprehensive list of the sites included with each one.
DO pay attention to all of the plaques along the bottom of the historic houses such as Single Sisters House. They tell you when it was built and its purpose.
– M. Ray Hall