Historic Bethabara Park

Tour guides standing outside Gemeinhaus

Welcome to the birthplace of Winston-Salem

Founded in 1753 by German-speaking Moravians, Bethabara was the first European settlement in the North Carolina Piedmont. A National Historic Landmark and Local Historic District, historic Bethabara Park encompasses 183 acres of preserved wildlife, historic buildings and grounds, walking and birding trails, and protected wetlands. 

Current Visitor Center Hours 

  • Monday & Tuesday: Closed
  • Wednesday-Friday: 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM
  • Saturday & Sunday: 10:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Tours of Gemeinhaus by appointment only Wednesday - Sunday. Reservations may be made by contacting Diana Overbey at 336-397-7587.

Closed Independence Day, Thanksgiving Day, and from mid-December to April 1. 

Park grounds are open free of charge, year-round, from dawn to dusk.

Guided Tour Admission

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$4 for adults

$1 for students and children over 3 years old


Many of the trails at Historic Bethabara Park are temporarily closed due to construction. For updates on trail openings call the Visitor Center at 336-924-8191. 

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Care for a hike? Explore several miles of diverse nature trails, visit the archaeological site of the Bethabara Mill, and observe wildlife from an observation dock over the beaver pond. 

Contact Us

  1. Diana Overbey

    Historic Bethabara Park
    Assistant Historic Parks Supervisor
    Email Diana Overbey
    Phone: 336-397-7587 

  2. Debbie Leonard

    Historic Bethabara Park
    Senior Accounting Clerk
    Email Debbie Leonard
    Phone: 336-397-7590

  3. Tammy Moore

    Historic Bethabara Park
    Crew Coordinator
    Email Tammy Moore
    Phone: 336-924-5697

  4. LaTonya Richardson

    Historic Bethabara Park
    Marketing/ Special Events Coordinator
    Email LaTonya Richardson
    Phone: 336-397-7591