Yesterday Charlotte and I went to Old Salem – a surprise for her to celebrate her 65th birthday. It’s always great being together, and I had not been to Old Salem since I went with Lindee’s class when she was in the 4th grade, I don’t think. It’s a beautifully restored area, of course – much smaller than Williamsburg, but I thought the guides were every bit as good. Needless to say, one of my favorite things was the cemetery. This is a plaque in the African-American church yard. It says, “The only gravestone not removed in the 1913 landscaping was Squire’s, which archaeologists discovered in place. Squire, an enslaved African-American, was digging a well near the wool factory that was built and owned by Moravian industrialist Francis Fries, when he died on July 23, 1844, at the age of 42. Although Squire and wife Betty were Baptists, they both worshipped at the African-American Moravian Church.
We ate lunch at the Tavern at Old Salem, where the waiter highly recommended we try the pear cider. He did not mention that, and we did not think to ask if, it was hard. Charlotte really liked it, so she drank mine AND hers 🙂