About Us

Misson and Message

Historic Bethabara Park strengthens the historical and cultural identity, social capital, and quality of life of Winston-Salem/Forsyth County through documentation, preservation, interpretation, promotion, and public celebration of the community’s eighteenth-century birthplace. Historic Bethabara Park, Inc., (HBP, Inc.) a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization, serves as steward of the 183-acre site and of associated structures and artifacts.


Historic Bethabara, a National Historic Landmark, is the 1753 site of the first Moravian settlement in North Carolina. Historic Bethabara Park encompasses 183 acres and is operationally supported and administered by the City of Winston-Salem, Recreation & Parks Department. Ownership of Park land includes the Moravian Church, the City of Winston-Salem, Historic Bethabara Park, Inc., and the State of North Carolina. Property and historic buildings contained in the designated historic district are owned by the Moravian Church and leased to the trustees of Historic Bethabara Park, Inc. for oversight.

It is the successful public-private partnership of the above entities that enables Historic Bethabara Park to preserve community history, educate and provide recreation for the citizens of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County, and play a significant role in heritage tourism for the state of North Carolina.

At A Glance


National Historic Site the 1753 site that pre-dates Old Salem and is the birthplace of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County.


183 acres of wetlands, walking and birding trails including the Poindexter Wildlife Preserve


Educational and entertainment attraction for 137,366 local, national and international visitors.


School tour programs educating 2,659 children from 26 schools.


Host to free, community, family-focused, special events with attendance of more than 27,113.


International tourist destination with visitors from across the U.S. and 14 countries.

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