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Historic Attractions

Experience Rowan County, NC History

Man & boy by cannon, learning about 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.  From the early days of Daniel Boone to the civil war, there is something to interest everyone.

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

African American Heritage Trail

Address: 204 E. Innes St. The Gateway Building, 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. Pick up the guide at the Rowan County Visitors Center, located at 204 E. Innes St., Salisbury, NC 28144.

Amtrak Station - Salisbury

Address: 215 Depot St., Salisbury, NC 28144
Toll-Free: 800-872-7245
Description: An 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. "Quik-Trak" is available to purchase tickets by credit card when the window is not open.  
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China Grove Roller Mill

Address: 308 N. Main St., China Grove, NC 28023
Phone: 704-633-5946
Description: For over one hundred years, the China Grove Roller Mill was in continuous operation and was a meeting place for the agricultural community surrounding the town of China Grove. Farmers came to sell their grain for flour and corn meal production, to purchase farm necessities, and to socialize. When visitors enter the roller mill, they are transported to an earlier time.

Crossroads: Past Into Present

Address: 1st Block of W. Fisher Street, Salisbury, NC 28144
Phone: 704-683-3100
Description: One of Salisbury and Rowan County's most famous attractions. This mural painted by Salisbury native, Cynvia Arthur Rankin, features an original look at 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 featured numerous times in area newspapers, national publications, magazines and brochures.

Curb Museum for Music & Motorsports

Address: 600 Dale Earnhardt Blvd, Kannapolis, NC 28081
Phone: 704-938-6121
Description: The Curb Museum showcases racing history and results of Mike Curb's leading country music record label, including Wynonna Judd, Tim McGraw and LeeAnn Rimes.

Dixonville Memorial

Address: 210 Old Concord Rd., Salisbury, NC 28144
Phone: 704-638-5235
Description: Dixonville is one of the city's oldest African-American cemeteries. Its purpose is to honor and recognize Salisbury's African-American residents. The cemetery was deeded to the City of Salisbury in 1874, and closed to burials in the 1960s. It has documented over 450 interments.

Dr. Josephus Hall House

Address: 226 S. Jackson St., Salisbury, NC 28144
Phone: 704-636-0103
Description: From the transformation of this building from a classroom facility for the female academy to a grand southern residence, the Dr. Josephus Hall House tells a story of Dr. Hall and four generations of his family. Many sites include the restored kitchen building, restored slave dwelling, and a cannon once used at Salisbury's Civil War Prison.

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

Address: 201 W. Fisher St., Salisbury, NC 28144
Phone: 704-216-8253
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.

Historic National Cemetery and Confederate Prison Site

Address: 501 Statesville Blvd., Salisbury, NC 28144
Phone: 704-636-2661
Toll-Free: 800-332-2343
Fax: 704-642-2011
Description: Dedicated in 1874, this is the final resting place for veterans of all wars. Buried in 18 trench graves are 11,700 unknown soldiers who died at the Salisbury Confederate Prison during the Civil War. Including Medal of Honor recipient, Lorenzo Deming, who served on the US 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.

Historic Rockwell Museum

Address: 105 E. Main St., Rockwell, NC 28138
Phone: 704-279-2180
Description: The Historic Rockwell Museum was organized in 1996 by local citizens who volunteered time, labor, and money to preserve this important historic landmark. This building, which once housed Rockwell’s second Post Office, has been restored as a museum to preserve and display the records, memorabilia, and artifacts of Rockwell’s early years.
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