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Historic Attractions

Experience Salisbury-Rowan County, NC History


Experience authentic North Carolina heritage in many unique ways while savoring the charm and character of an area rich with centuries of history, adventure and discovery. History buffs are drawn to Salisbury-Rowan County, NC for its rich background with treasurers spanning over two centuries of history. From the early days of Daniel Boone and Andrew Jackson, through the involvement of NC in the Civil War and General Stoneman’s raid into the golden age of rail transportation there is something to interest everyone.

Check out our Salisbury-Rowan County, North Carolina calendar of events to find historical happenings scheduled during your visit!

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African American Heritage Trail

Address: The Gateway Building 204 E.  Innes, Salisbury, NC 28144
Phone:  704-638-3100
Toll-Free:  800-332-2343
Description: This self-guided tour chronicles the historic moments, great leaders and lives of generations of African-Americans who lived, worked and contributed to the industrial, artistic, cultural and spiritual life of the Salisbury community.

Amtrak Station – Salisbury

Address: Corner of Depot and Liberty Streets, Salisbury, NC 24142
Phone:  704-638-4281
Toll-Free:  800-298-7246
Description: Attendant is on duty daily at this historically renovated station to answer passenger questions beginning one hour before each train arrives, until 30 minutes after each train departs. Ticket reservation phone available, free parking, no checked baggage, no ticket window sales. Daily trains include: 73, 74 (Raleigh to Charlotte) 79, 80 (New York to Charlotte) and 19, 20 (New Orleans to New York).

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Address: 224 E Bank Street, Salisbury, NC 28144
Phone:  704-639-1890
Description: On the site of Confederate Prison, houses antiques and artifacts. The 1840’s log structure, overlooks where the main gate of the prison once stood. This structure was the Garrison house for the guards and is all that remains of the Salisbury Military Prison. Open Thursdays.

Crossroads: Past Into Present

Address: 1st block West Fisher Street, Salisbury, NC 28144
Phone:  704-633-5946
Description:One of Salisbury and Rowan County’s most famous attactions. This mural painted by Salisbury native, Cynvia Arthur Rankin  features an authentic look at the turn-of-the-century downtown Salisbury. There are over 100 local citizens dressed in period costumes represented in the mural. The mural has appeared nationally on NBC and has been featured numerous times in area newspapers, national publications, magazines and brochures.

Depot Street Antiques

Address: 314 Depot Street, Salisbury, NC 28144
Phone:  704-636-4673
Description: Housed in what was once Blackwelder’s Barbecue Restaurant, this antique shop offers estate furniture, silver, books, linens, porcelains and fascinating old treasurers. Hours are 10 – 3 on Fridays & Saturdays, but we are happy to open any time if you call us ahead of time.

Edith M. Clark History/Genealogy Room-Rowan Public Library

Address: 201 W. Fisher Street, Salisbury, NC 28144
Phone:  704-216-8232
Fax:  704-638-3013
Description: The Edith M. Clark History Room of the Rowan Public Library is a valuable resource for family historians whose ancestors came from the Southern and Middle Atlantic colonies. The collection focuses on all of North Carolina with significant holdings from bordering states and those showing heavy migration in and out of the Piedmont. Resources are also available for those interested in local history. Hours are as follows:  Monday through Wednesday 9 am – 9 pm, Thursday 9 am – 6 pm, Friday and Saturday 9 am – 5 pm.  No Sunday hours.  On Saturday only the History Room closes for lunch from 12:30pm-1:00pm.

Historic Downtown Salisbury

Address: Corner of N. Main and E. Liberty Streets, Salisbury, NC 28145
Phone:  704-638-3100
Description: The 30-square-block area which includes the Dr. Josephus Hall House, built in 1820 as the Salisbury Female Academy, and the Utzman-Chambers House, an 1819 Federal townhouse. A guided audio walking tour is available for rent at the Rowan County Convention & Visitors Bureau that covers this historic district and much of the downtown area.

Historic National Cemetery and Confederate Prison Site

Address: 202 Government Road, Salisbury, NC 28144
Phone:  704-638-3100
Toll-Free:  800-332-2343
Fax:  704-642-2011

Dedicated in 1874, this is the final resting place for veterans of all wars. Buried in 18 trench graves are 11,700 Union soldiers who died at the Salisbury Confederate Prison during the Civil War. Including Medal of Honor recipient, Lorenzo Deming who served on the U.S. Picket Boat No. 1, incarcerated at the Prison at the age of 20. Deming’s family was presented the Medal of Honor after his death in 1865 by President Andrew Johnson
Office open 8 am – 4:30 pm Monday – Friday. Grounds are never closed. This self-guided driving tour is a must for Civil War buffs. Although nothing remains of the Salisbury Prison, the tour poignantly provides insights into this period of our history. Three monuments erected by the State of Maine, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the U.S. Government stand in the Salisbury National Cemetery as a tribute to the Union soldiers who died while at the prison. CDs of the driving tour are available at a charge of $5 at the Visitor Information Center in the Gateway Building located at 204 E. Innes Street

Historic Rockwell Museum

Address: 102 East Main Street, Rockwell, NC 28138
Phone:  704-279-5783
Description: Historic Rockwell Museum displays a representation of late 19th and early 20th century area artifacts. New exhibits are displayed each spring and fall with a festival of trees at Christmas time.

Historic Salisbury Foundation

Address: 215 Depot Street, Salisbury, NC 28144
Phone:  704-636-0103
Description: Historic Salisbury Foundation, Inc. is a private nonprofit preservation organization that offers a broad range of services to the Salisbury community. Founded in 1972, the Foundation is in its fourth decade of active participation in planning for the future of Salisbury’s special past. The Foundation sponsors the Josephus Hall House Museum, OctoberTour of Homes and several other yearly events. The Foundation is housed in the beautiful Salisbury Station at 215 Depot Street. The Salisbury Station  is available for your special event or meeting and information on rental can be found on the Historic Salisbury Foundation website.

Historic Salisbury Trolley Tours

Address: 204 E Innes Street, Suite 120, Salisbury, NC 28144
Phone:  704-638-3100
Toll-Free:  800-332-2343
Fax:  704-642-2011
Description: What better way to experience 250 years of Salisbury heritage and the continuum of architectural styles in our historic districts than on a Trolley tour? Tours are available on Saturdays at 11 am April through October. These narrated tours feature experienced guides who will give you an “up close and personal” glimpse into Salisbury’s preservation efforts and the famous and infamous personalities that make Salisbury “where the past is still present.” Call for ticket information. Rowan County Convention & Visitors Bureau, 204 E Innes St., Salisbury.

Josephus Hall House

Address: 226 S. Jackson Street, Salisbury, NC 28144
Phone:  704-636-0103
Description: This impressive house museum was once home to Dr. Josephus Hall, Chief Surgeon at the Salisbury Confederate Prison during the Civil War. Built in 1820 in the Federal style, additions in 1859 and in 1900 have given the house Greek Revival and Victorian features. The interior boasts painted ceilings, original fixtures, and an impressive collection of mid-Victorian furnishings and decorative accessories belonging to the Hall family. Docents in period costume conduct guided tours. Hours: Saturdays and Sundays 1:00 pm until 4:00 pm. Group tours can be scheduled during the week by appointment.

Livingstone College

Address: 701 West Monroe Street, Salisbury, NC 28144
Phone:  704-216-6067
Description: Located 1 mile from the downtown area in the Livingstone Historic District, this charming private college campus offers a variety of venues. From Varick Auditorium, seating 1400 and Tubman Theatre, seating 300, to classrooms providing alternative space for up to 100, Livingstone is an ideal choice for meetings and receptions. Sporting facilities also available.

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Mill Village Museum

Address: Old #14 Church Street, Cooleemee, NC 27014
Phone:  336-284-6040

Built at the height of the South’s Mill building era, Cooleemee’s mill closed in 1969 but it has retained over three hundred-thirty of its original mill houses as well as its old cotton mill.
With its Mill Village Museum, RiverPark and soon-to-be completed Mill Family Life Museum, Cooleemee is poised to create a Textile Heritage Historic Site which will attract visitors from the region, the nation and abroad.  Plans on the drawing board include an Industry & Labor Exhibit at the old mill, an outdoor drama and other attractions. The Cooleemee History Loom is published by the Cooleemee Historical Association. The Center was created by the Cooleemee Historical Association, a local historical society founded in 1989. We are located inDavieCounty about 13 miles northwest ofSalisbury,NCon theSouthYadkinRiver.
Hours: Wednesday-Saturday 10 am-4 pm
Large tours by appointment

North Carolina Transportation Museum

Address: 411 S. Salisbury Avenue, Spencer, NC 28159
Phone:  704-636-2889
Toll-Free:  877-628-6386
Fax:  704-639-1881
Description: Located on the site of what was once the 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.” Experience days of the working railroad repair shop in the restored 1924 Robert Julian roundhouse. The museum features thirteen buildings, 57 acres, including a restored roundhouse and exhibits on early transportation. Seasonal train ride (fee), audiovisual show, visitors center and gift shop. Hours of Operation: 9 am to 5 pm Monday – Saturday, 1-5 pm Sundays. Winter Hours (Nov. 1st – April 30th) 9 am – 5 pm, Tuesday-Saturday, 1-5 pm. Sundays. Closed some holidays, call for information. Due to Construction onsite schedule may vary, please call before visiting. Museum is free. Fee for train rides, turntable rides and guided tours. Special annual events include Rail Days, Antique Car and Truck Shows.

Old Stone House

Address: Old Stone House Road, Granite Quarry, NC 28072
Phone:  704-633-5946
Fax:  704-633-9858
Description: Built by German immigrant Michael Braun in 1766, this two-story Georgian-style house is the oldest structure in Rowan County. The home was stately for its time, with the stones on the front carefully shaped and matched, creating an impressive face to visitors. Open Saturday and Sunday 1 pm until 4 pm.

Old Stone Vineyard and Winery

Address: 6245 US Highway 52, Salisbury, NC 28146
Phone:  704-279-0930
Description:  In 1766, The Old Stone House was built by German immigrant Michael Braun, in rural North Carolina. The house, now a historical museum in Rowan County, stands proudly as a testament to the early pioneering spirit of America. Less than one mile away and nine generations later on what was once part of the original homestead in the Old Stone Vineyard and Winery. Here you will find uniquely American wines and European blends made with the same values of hard work, craftsmanship and attention to detail. Our wine list specializes in white and red Muscadine wines; also includes Riesling, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc blend, Peach and Blackberry wine. Free tours and tastings are offered daily. Gift shop features local NC artist and crafters with one-of-a-kind items.

Piedmont Players & Meroney Theatre

Address: 213 S Main Street, Salisbury, NC 28144
Phone:  704-633-5471
Description: The historic Meroney Theater, home of the Piedmont Players Theatre, is a renovated 361 seat theater, built in 1906, in Salisbury, North Carolina. The Meroney’s illustrious stage has been graced by Sarah Bernhardt, Lillian Russell, John Philip Sousa, William Howard Taft, Cary Nation, and the New York Symphony Orchestra. We have grown accustomed to our new home and it is even better than we expected. Most of all, we are gratified by the wonderful reception our community has afforded this facility. In our inaugural season, 14,000 patrons of the arts came to downtown Salisbury to enjoy Piedmont Players productions. Our audiences and casts included all ages from primary grade children to senior citizens. Many community-minded citizens have pooled their talents and treasures to make the Meroney Theatre the splendid gift it has become for Salisbury and Rowan County. Thanks to all of you. Come home to the Meroney Theater and come back often.

Rowan Museum

Address: 202 North Main Street, Salisbury, NC 28144
Phone:  704-633-5946
Fax:  704-633-9858
Description: This 1854 courthouse, which survived Stoneman’s raid, is one of the finest examples of pre-Civil War architecture in the state. Home of the Rowan Museum, reflecting artifacts and displays on the life and history of Rowan County.

Salisbury Civic Center

Address: 315 S Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, Salisbury, NC 28144
Phone:  704-638-2139
Description: This 24-acre park site offers a Civic Center, clay tennis courts, walking trails, basketball court, picnic area and play structures. The Civic Center has racquetball courts, fitness center, kitchen facilities, and is available to rent for meetings or other activities. Can host small meetings of 50, banquets and receptions of 288.

 Historic Attractions

Salisbury Confederate Prison Symposium

Address: 200 W. Fisher St., Salisbury, NC 28144
Phone:  704-637-6411
Description:  The annual event occurs each year in mid-April. Come join us as we continue to explore the 1861-1865 history of North Carolina’s military prison during the War between the States. Lectures will cover a variety of topics relating to the Prison and those who were there. Friday’s “Reunion of Descendants and Friends” and “Friendship Banquet” will be held at the Landmark Church Fellowship Hall with keynote address, music, displays, and door prizes. Saturday’s six lectures will take place at Catawba College’s Tom Smith Auditorium with displays and light refreshments included. Authors will be available to sign books. The two Sunday Memorial Services with flags, music and re-enactors are free to the public. Registration fee is $60 through March 23, 2007 and $70 afterwards.

Salisbury Heritage Walking Tour

Address: 204 East Innes Street, Salisbury, NC 28144
Phone:  704-638-3100
Toll-Free:  800-332-2343
Fax:  704-642-2011

A perfect way to see Historic Salisbury at your own pace. This 2-mile walking tour provides a personal glimpse into the history and architecture of Historic Downtown Salisbury and the stately homes of the West Square District. The brochures and players for the tour are loaned at a fee of $2.00 and can be obtained at the Visitor Information Center in the Gateway Building located at 204 E Innes Street in Salisbury. The Visitor Center is open T-F, 10 am -4 pm, and Sat. 10 am – 4 pm.
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Salisbury History & Art Trail

Address: 204 E Innes Street, Salisbury, NC 28144
Phone:  704-638-3100
Toll-Free:  800-332-2343
Description: Start your journey at the Rowan County Convention & Visitors Center where you may pick up a brochure and map of the Trail. The Trail features sites, markers, monuments and art relating to significant people and places in local history, culture, industry and the arts. This unique trail falls mainly in historic downtown Salisbury and is a great way to spend an afternoon exploring the town.

Salisbury Station Conference Center

Address: 215 Depot Street, Salisbury, NC 28144
Phone:  704-636-0103
Fax:  704-636-2522
Description: Groups of 20 to 300 (cold weather) and 20 to 600 (warm weather) will enjoy meetings, receptions and trade shows held in the elegant ambiance of the restored Depot. The building features a renovated waiting room, with a state-of-the-art sound system, as well as a covered concourse and adjacent meeting rooms for smaller breakout sessions.

Salisbury-Rowan County Convention & Visitors Bureau

Address: 204 East Innes St., Ste. 120, Salisbury, NC 28144
Phone:  704-638-3100
Toll-Free:  800-332-2343
Fax:  704-642-2011
Description: The Visitor Center offers a variety of self-guided tours to the public. The Salisbury Heritage walking tour provides a personal glimpse into the history and architecture of Historic Downtown Salisbury and the stately homes of the West Square District. The brochures and players for the tour can be rented for a small fee. The African American Heritage Trail self-guided tour chronicles the historic moments, great leaders and lives of generations of African-Americans who lived, worked and contributed to the industrial, artistic, cultural and spiritual life of the Salisbury community. Brochure and map available at no cost. Salisbury Confederate Prison & National Cemetery self-guided driving tour is a must for Civil War buffs. This driving tour is sold on CD for $5 at the Visitor Center. Although nothing remains of the Salisbury Prison, the tour poignantly provides insights into this period of our history. Three monuments erected by the State of Maine, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the U.S. Government stand in the Salisbury National Cemetery as a tribute to the 11,700 brave Union soldiers who died while at the prison.  The Visitor Information Center is located in the Gateway Building at 204 E. Innes Street, Salisbury.

Spencer Historic District

Address: Salisbury Avenue 338 Rowan Avenue, Spencer, NC 28159
Phone:  704-633-2231
Description: Located adjacent to the NC Transportation Museum, the Spencer National Historic Register District is the largest contiguous district in North Carolina. It contains 322 residential and commercial buildings primarily constructed between 1905 and 1920 to provide support and housing for the workers of Southern Railway’s former steam locomotive repair facility.

The Old English Cemetery

Address: N Church Street, Salisbury, NC 28144
Description: The land for what has come to be known as the Old English Cemetery in Salisbury was donated to the city by Thomas Frohock upon his death in 1794 but had been used as a burying ground for years by that time. Over the ensuing decades the cemetery became the final resting place for generations of the leaders of Rowan County. Best known of those individuals was Gov. John Ellis (1820-1861), who died seven months into his term as the state’s chief executive. The cemetery includes a number of unmarked British graves, those likely being the remains of soldiers in Cornwallis’s army who died while in jail in Salisbury. Cornwallis’s camp was situated on the property where the Rowan Public Library now stands and his soldiers used the old town well at the back of the library property.

The oldest grave in the cemetery is that of Col. Daniel Little who died on December 10, 1775. The cemetery was restored by the Pine Tree Garden Club of Salisbury in the 1960s. The Freedmen’s Cemetery is separated from the Old English Cemetery by a stone wall. In recent years efforts have been mounted to memorialize those buried in the Freedmen’s Cemetery and to repair the monuments in the Old English Cemetery.

The Price of Freedom Museum

Address: 2470 Weaver Road, China Grove, NC 28023
Phone:  704-857-7474
Description:The Price of Freedom Museum is an American war memorial dedicated to the men and women of the United States armed services who paid the ultimate Price of Freedom with their lives in service to our great country. Our goal is to teach all generations the true price of freedom.

The museum started as a private collection of uniforms and military memories preserved by Bob Mault since the 1970’s. Prior to leasing the Old Patterson School complex from the Rowan County School System, samples of his collection were available for viewing at his gas station, Mault Brothers Texaco, on Highway 152 in China Grove, North Carolina. As a team, Bob Mault and his friend, Frank Albright, have labored for years to open the doors of the museum for our enjoyment and education.

Over 40 years in the making, thanks to generous donations and the hard work of many unpaid volunteers, the museum’s collection has expanded to over 5,000 artifacts covering all of the armed services of the United States. We currently display a fine representation of 20th century American military history. Each of our uniforms is extremely rare, as each represents the efforts and sacrifices of the individual who wore it.


The Salisbury Emporium

Address: 230 East Kerr Street, Salisbury, NC 28144
Phone:  704-642-0039
Description: The Salisbury Emporium is a collection of 85 shops located in the 100 year old restored Frick Sawmill Supply building in the historic railroad corridor, listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. You will find over 15,000 square feet of gifts, antiques, home accessories, Christmas items, fine art, furniture, pottery, books, jewelry, garden decorations, china, crystal, silver, prints, military relics and much more in a relaxed atmosphere of true Southern hospitality Closed on Mondays.

Thyatira Presbyterian Church

Address: 220 White Road, Salisbury, NC 28146
Description: Thyatira is located in western Rowan County at 220 White Road. The mailing address is Salisbury NC, but the church is situated out in the county ten miles west of Salisbury, between Salisbury and Mooresville, just off Highway 150.

From the church’s website:
“Thyatira is believed to be the oldest Presbyterian Church west of the Yadkin River. In fact, it is one of the oldest Presbyterian churches in North Carolina, and is known as the ‘Mother of Presbyterianism’ in North Carolina….”

“A land entry dated 1750 in Anson County records reveals that a ‘meeting House and burial ground’ were in existence here by theat date. This means the meeting house was probably in existence as early as 1747. For many years it was known as Cathey’s Meeting House. The name was changed to Thyatira Church during the pastorate of Dr. Samuel McCorkle, in the late eighteenth century….”

“Thyatira’s historical cemetery dates back to the mid-1700s. The oldest known stone is that of a settler who died in 1755….”

 Historic Attractions

Utzman-Chambers House

Address: 116 S. Jackson St., Salisbury, NC 28144
Phone:  704-633-5946
Fax:  704-633-9858
Description: This 1819 Federal townhouse was built by Jacob Stirewalt, master builder of the period, and reflects the lifestyle of the more affluent citizens of the early 1800s with its unique curved staircase and exquisite interior moldings and details. One of the few surviving Federal period townhouses in Piedmont North Carolina, it features period rooms with Hepplewhite and Chippendale furniture as well as furniture made by Rowan County craftsmen. House and gardens open Thursday – Sunday 1 pm until 4 pm.

Village of Gold Hill

Address: St. Stephen’s Church Road, Gold Hill, NC 28071
Phone:  704-267-9439
Description: “The richest mining property east of the Mississippi.” This was the message sent to England in the mid-1800s after gold was discovered here in 1824. Once a thriving, rough and rowdy mining town in the eastern part of Rowan County, the village is coming to life again with the restoration of area homes and stores. Visit the Rock Jail, Mauney’s 1840 Store and Museum, and the E.H. Montgomery Store. Picnic and playground area in the park. Park closes at dark daily. No admission charge. Mauney’s and Montgomery’s Stores open Wed. – Sat. 10:30 am – 5:30 pm, Sun. 2-5:30 pm.  Call to confirm hours before visiting.

W.J. Walls Heritage Hall

Address: 701 W. Monroe Street Livingstone College, Salisbury, NC 28144
Phone:  704-216-6094
Description: Located on the campus of Livingstone College, Heritage Hall is a repository of African, African-American, and African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church history, artifacts, literature, books and records. Open Monday – Friday 9 am – 5 pm.

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