The Rowan Oak House is PERMANENTLY CLOSED
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Known for years as the Milton Slater Brown house, the residence was lovingly designed and built by Milton Slater Brown in 1901 for his bride Fannie. Twelve of the original ornate fixtures from the 1900 period are still in the house. All have been refurbished and are proudly standing.
A step onto Main Street transports you back in time 100 years. The tree lined streets showcase a collection of 19th and early 20th century homes. The Salisbury Station ( built in 1907 ) and Okie Dokie's General Store, reflect the period when the Rowan Oak House was built.
Salisbury, named after a cathedral town in England, and Rowan County, named after Matthew Rowan who held the land grant from the King of England, have been welcoming visitors and travelers for over 250 years, since the days when young Daniel Boone called it home. Andrew Jackson studied law in Salisbury. Even George Washington visited Salisbury.
In 1747, the first wave of settlers, the Scots-Irish, arrived in the western part of Rowan. The population grew so quickly that in 1753 colonial governor Matthew Rowan signed a bill creating Rowan County and Saint Luke's Parish. Rowan was the largest and most populous county in the colony and the state until 1836 when current boundaries were drawn. This large tract of land reaching to the Tennessee border was divided into 26 counties.
For years the town was the leading edge of the American frontier, the jumping-off point for pioneers, visionaries and even a few scoundrels and fugitives. As the largest city in western North Carolina in the 18th and early 19th centuries, Salisbury was the major center of trade and politics. The coming of the railroad in 1859 further boosted the town's economy and stimulated industry.
Salisbury was twice occupied by enemy troops; in 1781 during the Revolutionary War by British General Cornwallis, and again in 1865 at the end of the Civil War by Union General Stoneman.
Today, the area's rich history can be discovered through many fascinating sites and attractions.
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