Historic Salisbury Foundation's second Annual self-guided Sacred Places Tour will take place on Saturday, March 21st, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. offering the public the opportunity to explore ten diverse religious spaces representative of some of the earliest in the county.
Preceding this year's tour, Kaye Hirst, Executive Director of the Rowan Museum, will present an opening talk highlighting the first settlers to the eastern section of the County and the development of Lutheranism in the area. This discussion will take place at 9:30 a.m. Tours take different routes throughout the county each year in order to highlight the social, economic, and architectural impact various houses of worship have made.
The 2015 Sacred Places Tour will feature historic churches along Faith Road and Highway 52 including churches in Faith, Rockwell, Gold Hill, Salisbury, and Granite Quarry.
Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credits have played a critical role in preserving the character for which Salisbury and Rowan County are known. This character draws thousands each year to visit our area, stay in local bed and breakfasts and hotels, eat in local restaurants and spend money in local businesses – all of which generate sales tax income. These rehabilitations have eliminated blight, strengthened historic neighborhoods and greatly increased the local tax base. Improvements to these buildings have encouraged other renovations and improvements in their surrounding neighborhoods. Most importantly, these projects which have utilized preservation tax credits have created over 1,000 local jobs – from carpenters and masons to painters, plumbers and electricians.
In conjunction with the 150th Anniversary of Stoneman's Raid on Salisbury and the end of the Civil War, Historic Salisbury Foundation, Rowan Museum and Salisbury Confederate Prison Association will organize an exhibit which explores the people and emotions connected with this part of America's history.
Salisbury was the location of the only prisoner of war camp in North Carolina during the Civil War. Constructed on 16 acres surrounding a former cotton mill, it was designed to hold 2,500 prisoners, largely comprised of Union Soldiers. Toward the end of the war, over 10,000 men were detained within its stockade. The prison was closed in February 1865, just two months before Union General Stoneman occupied the town.
The exhibit will give a photo and brief background about each soldier - whether prisoner, prison guard or other support troop associated with the Salisbury Prison. It will link their descendant to them, provide a photo/personal context and create a dialogue about what it means to have an ancestor associated with the former prisoner of war camp. To obtain the form for descendants of soldiers CLICK HERE.