Experience 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
204 E. Innes St. The Gateway Building, Salisbury, NC 28144
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
215 Depot St., Salisbury, NC 28144
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.
China Grove Roller Mill
308 N. Main St., China Grove, NC 28023
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
1st block W. Fisher St., Salisbury, NC 28144
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.
210 Old Concord Rd., Salisbury, NC 28144
Description: Dixonville is one of the city's oldest African-American Cemeteries. It's 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
226 S. Jackson St., Salisbury, NC 28144
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
201 W. Fisher St., Salisbury, NC 28144
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
501 Statesville Blvd., Salisbury, NC 28144
Description: 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.
Historic Rockwell Museum
105 E. Main St., Rockwell, NC 28138
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.
701 W. Monroe St., Salisbury, NC 28144
Description: Located one mile from the downtown area, in the Livingstone Historic District, is a charming private college campus that offers a variety of venues. From Varick Auditorium, seating 1,400 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 are also available for use.