Rowan County is an original destination for historic experiences. We’re a place where heritage and history are highly valued and noticeable at every turn. The county boasts 11 National Register districts, five Local Historic districts, a great history museum, three house museums and a meticulously restored depot that has been featured at the Smithsonian and in well-known movies, and so much more. Several popular walking and driving tours are offered to take in historic sites. From the early days of Daniel Boone to the civil war, you’ll find so many sites important to North Carolina and United States history here.
- African American Heritage Trail: historic moments, great leaders and the lives of generations of African Americans who lived, worked and contributed to the industrial, artistic, cultural and spiritual life of the Salisbury Community.
- China Grove Roller Mill: For more than 100 years, the China Grover Roller Mill was a continuous operation, as wel as a meeting place for the agricultural community to sell their grain, to purchase farm necessities and to socialize. The roller mill is now a museum of the architectural history of the area.
- Dr. Josephus Hall House: The Hall House was originally a female academy, then transformed to a grand southern residence, now it serves as a museum of four generations of the Hall family.
- Historic National Cemetery and Confederate Prison Site: Visit the Historic National Cemetery that serves as the final resting place of veterans of all wars and the Confederate Prison Site of the Civil War Era.
- Gold Hill Mines Historic Park: The Gold Hill Mines & Historic Park is a part of the North Carolina Gold Trail. Visitors can hike the Gold Hill Rail Trail, which includes Powder House, Gold Hill Pond, Gold Hill Jail and a primitive Chilean Ore Mill.
- North Carolina Transportation Museum: The North Carolina Transportation Museum’s four large exhibit buildings represent the remaining structures of the Spencer Shops, once Southern Railroad’s largest steam locomotive repair facility on the East Coast. The museum is a source of history, education and entertainment for young and old.
- Old Stone House: The Old Stone House was built by German Immigrant, Michael Braun in 1766. The two story Georgian style home is the oldest structure in Rowan County.
- Rowan Museum: The Rowan Museum is housed within the 1854 Courthouse which survived General Stoneman’s raid in the American Civil War. It’s one of the finest examples of pre-Civil War architecture in the state. The courthouse now houses the Rowan Museum and it’s interactive exhibits.
- Salisbury Heritage Walking Tour: The Salisbury Heritage Walking Tour is the perfect way to take in the history and architecture of Downtown Salisbury at your own pace.
- Utzman-Chambers House: Jacob Stirewalt built the 1819 Federal townhouse that is now known as the Utman-Chambers House. The home reflects the history and lifestyle of more affluent citizens of the early 1800s. It is one of the few Federal style surviving townhomes in the Piedmont of North Carolina.
These are 10 of the many historic attraction experiences awaiting you in Rowan County.