History Class

Our Place In History

This course provides a factual, well-rounded and entertaining romp through the history of Rowan County and Salisbury. Participants will develop strong personal contacts as well as reference guides to encourage and enable further casual reading or serious research. The class series also makes a great gift for that person who has an interest in history and gift certificates are available.

The 2020 History Course will take place each Thursday evening for nine weeks, from January 30 until March 26 from 6:30-8:30.

Download a 2020 class schedule with field trips 


 The remaining history classes have been cancelled as of March 13 due to COVID-19 concerns. Aaron Kepley with the Rowan Museum will film the remaining speakers and distribute class material. Please call the Rowan Museum for more information.


**New This Year! Four Saturday field trips scheduled for:

The John Steele House

Rowan History Room at Rowan Public Library

Thyatira Presbyterian Church

Colonia Spring Frolic at the Old Stone House (free admission for History Class participants)

Videos to Watch

Week 2 -  A Trip Along the Great Wagon Road

Week 3 - The Struggle For Liberty Part 1: 1753-1775    The Struggle For Liberty Part 2: 1775-1791

Week 5 - Courage and Conflict: Rowan in the Civil War

 Behind-the-scenes tours of various historic sites and presentations by local experts will leave all participants with a greater knowledge of the area in which we live. Classes include information on Native Americans, early pioneers, the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, and into modern times! The basic text is "Rowan County... A Brief History" by James S. Brawley. It is available at the Rowan Public Library, or on CD at the class for $10.

Make your reservation by calling 704-636-0103 or by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Newcomers (1st year in Rowan County) are $20. Members of Historic Salisbury Foundation or Rowan Museum pay $25, non-members $30 each.


Download Course Materials

All course materials either written or compiled by Doug Black, Reginald Brown, Terry Holt, and Barbara Upright

Week 1 - Time Before Rowan County (Part One)

Week 1 - Time Before Rowan County (Part Two)

Week 2 - The Great Wagon Road

Week 3 - Revolutionary War

Week 4 - 1799-1839 & Marshall Ney

Week 4 - 1839-1860 Social Custom & Gold Mining

Week 5 - Civil War Years

Week 5 - Stoneman's Raid

Week 6 - 1865-1900

Week 7/8 - Jim Crow and the Civil Rights

Week 9 - Salisbury Movie History - www.mikeclinesthenplaying.com