There was once a house that stood here. It belonged to my great aunt and uncle who helped raise me. It’s in the little settlement of Old Salem, NC. The pottery in my header is a type of pottery that you would and will find in this community. Old Salem was settled in the late 1600’s by the Moravians. Someone in my family has lived there since then.
There are more pictures of Old Salem on my sidebar including gardens, the town square, and the many shops along the square.
This is the home just down the hill from the above property and is the Sowers/Sauer House. She is a cousin but her roots connect with mine through a grandmother named Sara Sauer. The Sower lady who lived in this home was a gracious lady and served us watermelon on her back porch. Her daughter lives there today.
Salem Tavern is a period style restaurant serving dishes traditional to the Moravian table. Chicken Pie is their most famous. You can read a story about my grandmother and take home a copy of that recipe at
I use to run up to the back kitchen and the chef would let me sample what was cooking for the say. Pumpkin Pie was the best.
Many women in my family have graduated from Salem college. The great aunt I so lovingly stayed with as a child graduated from here in 1913 and worked there until her retirement in in 1959. She was proper and poised. She taught me to entertain, hold my hankie, cook, enjoy the garden, and be kind to one another. I inherited all her cook books. Please visit my sidebar if you would like to see the rests of this town. As you tour Old Salem, please enjoy how beautifully it is maintained. I played in these streets and around the college as a little girl. I knew the shop keepers and docents who helped the tourist understand the culture and lifestyle of the Moravians. It was an education in the making. Those are very rich and fond memories.