Friday, March 30, 2012

Old Salem at Dusk, Part 2

Hi folks!  I don't mean to bore you all to death with my posts on Old Salem, but I wanted to share the rest of the pics that Mr. Forest Manor took earlier this week.  Overall, I was pleased with my pictures, but he took some really awesome photos that I just have to share.

The community of Old Salem is such an integral part of our town.  It is where we began; and even though progress continues all around it, Old Salem remains like a small bit of history -- preserved and restored.  All the power lines are buried underground, so except for the cars you see there, you do get a feeling of having stepped back 200 years in time.

I took a photo of this stone wall, which is in my previous post.  My husband took this picture at the end of the wall, showing the intersection of a brick sidewalk and path.  I like the two different patterns of brickwork here.

Part of Salem College below.

Old Salem is full of these interesting, curly iron railings.

If you look closely, you can see the curved hand-rails on the porch of the church.

Now, I have some more garden pictures to share.  This is the same courtyard garden at Salem College that was in my previous post, but these pictures show more of the garden.  Here's the walkway that leads to the courtyards; I like the porch extending over the walkway.

The lighting is better in my husband's pictures, because he was able to use his high-speed lens, which is better at capturing the fading light at this time of day. 

Beautiful pink azaleas.

This next group of pictures was taken in a different courtyard behind the girls' college.

The pink dogwoods in this courtyard were GORGEOUS.  In the background of this picture, you see the rear of one of the campus residence halls.

This foliage looks very much like Coral Bells, one of my favorite perennial flowers.  Correct me if I'm wrong, any of you gardening experts out there.  :)

Another charming gate for those of us who love fences and gates...

I hope you enjoyed the pictures.  For those of you who love historical buildings and gardens, I wish you could visit Old Salem.  All the shops are open to tour, as well as the Single Brothers House, and the Boys School.  The Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts (MESDA) is also located in Old Salem.  They have actually created rooms with real antique furniture and textiles to illustrate the way many homes in the early south were furnished and decorated.  I've never been, but it's on my "to do" list.

Thank you for visiting House at Forest Manor.  Your visits and comments always make my day.  I'm joining Beverly at How Sweet the Sound for Pink Saturday, The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sundays, and Mary at Little Red House for Mosaic Monday.  Many thanks to these ladies for hosting every week, and I hope you all have a great weekend!



  1. Denise, I enjoyed the tour and the great pictures! Dusk shots are so inviting. Spring is so pretty this year. At this moment I am reclining on my back porch with lap top in my lap listening to the sound of a sweet steady rainfall and reading your blog.

    Hope you will enjoy a great weekend. The pink dogwoods are gorgeous! I love all the ironwork and architectural features of the buildings.

  2. Denise,

    BORE us with more of those awesome pictures? Heavens no!

    And more of that courtyard with all that pretty color? Lovely!

    Thanks a lot for sharing more, what a beautiful space to show us.

    Have a great weekend!

  3. How fantastic! Seriously, these are wonderful, and I love his artist's eye for the shot. My very favorites are the one with the gate and the cupola (sp?) in the blue hour. I love the azaleas in front of the fountain too.

    I can see so many of these at the note card party! How in the world will you choose?

  4. Loved the tour of the old buildings and beautiful spring blossoms. I'm sure you enjoyed visiting this historical place. The walkway spanning the two buildings is very interesting. Have a delightful day!--------- Shannon

  5. Thanks for stopping by Sharing Shadymont! It allowed me to find your fabulous blog. I am your newest follower and I've just add a visit to Old Salem to my "places to go" list!!

    Love your blog and am off to visit more of your posts!


  6. Oh, Denise! I just love these old villages. I have always wanted to be the re-enactor person actually living there full time and sharing the lifestyle of our ancestors there. I've been to a few places where folks like that live - how awesome to step back in time and still have access to some of the amenities of the present.

    Thank you for your encouraging comments about my difficult season that came to a head this week. Not pretty, but, I am moving on and the Lord has much more for me than I have left behind. I don't think any of us really need mercenaries in our lives, do you?


  7. Denise, your photos are fabulous, thanks so much for the tour, I hope I can visit there sometime. I love dogwoods, I haven't seem any blooming in my area yet. You are a great job, I'll be back. Thanks for stopping by mine and leaving a message. I am your newest follower.

  8. Thank you for sharing this with us. I love old brick buildings and these buildings are truly beautiful. You photos are fabulous!....Christine

  9. Gosh I love the photos in both posts! I love Salem. Hubby and I visited there about 7 years ago. We took photos, but they are laughable compared to these. I loved looking at these. Thanks so much.

  10. Wow Denise! Old Salem looks a truly beautiful place, especially with all those beautiful Spring blooms. I think one of the nicest things when reading blogs is the ability to visit such wonderful places without leaving the armchair! Thank you for sharing with us.
    Rose H

  11. I really enjoyed seeing these photos, and I hope that we get to come back one day before too long. The time we were there a few years ago, I think it must have been monsoon season! We basically swam back to the car, and crept back to the hotel where we holed up for about three days, watched movies and ordered room service!

  12. Enjoyed those photos...

  13. Absolutely fabulous and gorgeous!

    Visiting a little late for Pink Saturday. My entry is a product of creativity. Have a great weekend!

  14. Beautiful Denise~ I especially love the photo of the courtyard! This is such a pretty time of year with the azaleas & dogwoods in bloom! I haven't visited Old Salem in ages :)

  15. Hi Denise, thank you for the tour of Old Salem. I've been there once and want to go back and spend more time. Your wonderful photos make me want to get there sooner than later! Happy Spring!



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