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Salisbury - Rich In History

One of the best ways to begin your tour of Historic Salisbury is to stop by the Visitor Information Center and borrow the Salisbury Heritage Tour audio tape. This 1.3 mile walking tour will give you a sampling of the history, architecture and stately homes of the 19th and early 20th century.

Here are just a few of the 95 points of interest visited on the Walking Tour:

  • Yadkin House - 1913. An important hotel during the active years of the railroad. Converted to apartments in the 1980's
  • Lee Street Clayworks - Both sides of this tiny building show examples of building signs common in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. These signs were originally painted prior to 1920.
  • Meroney Theatre - 1905. Sarah Bernhardt and other notables graced this stage. Restoration has been done and is used by Salisbury's fine community theatre group, Piedmont Players.
  • Rowan Public Library - Valuable collection of local historical and genealogical reference materials in the History/Genealogy Room.
  • Town Well - 1760. Salisbury's oldest landmark.

Some other Historical Points of Interest are:

The North Carolina Transportation Museum - Located in nearby Spencer, North Carolina, on the site of what was once Southern Railway Company's largest steam locomotive repair facility. Visit antique automobiles at " Bumper to Bumper " and trace the history of transportation in " Wagons, Wheels & Wings." There is a seasonal train ride (fee), audiovisual show, visitor center and gift shop.

The Town of Spencer - Spencer has the largest continuous Historic District in the state. Beautifully restored shops and homes are on every block.

The Old Stone House - Get a glimpse of the colonial lifestyle at this 1766 Georgian home. This is one of North Carolina's oldest stone dwellings.

W.J. Walls Heritage Hall - Located at Livingstone College in Salisbury, Heritage Hall features a collection of African, African-American and African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church artifacts, literature and records.

Rowan Museum - This 1819 Federal Townhouse showcases ball gowns worn during George Washington's 1791 visit, Hepplewhite and Chippendale furniture, and a fine collection of Rowan County artifacts.

Kerr Mill - Built in 1823, the mill was the source of flour and cornmeal for the inhabitants of the western part of the county. The surrounding park offers picturesque picnic areas, playgrounds and walking trails.

The Village of Gold Hill - This once thriving gold mining boom town was once known as " The richest mining property east of the Mississippi ". This village is coming to life again with the restoration of area homes and stores. You can visit the Gold Hill Mines Historic Park that contains three gold mines, one of which was the first to be dug in 1842. Visit the Gold Hill Museum, the rock jail and Mauney's 1840 Store and Museum.

Historical Mural - You won't want to miss the 3-story mural on the side of a building in downtown Salisbury that depicts the community in the 1800's.

Other Area Attractions:
Civil War Buffs
Outdoor Relaxation and Fun -- Golf Anyone!
Shop 'til You Drop!
Arts and Other Cultural Activities

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