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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Salisbury, North Carolina

Clickable Map of Rowan County, North Carolina and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Rowan County, NC (71) Cabarrus County, NC (46) Davidson County, NC (25) Davie County, NC (20) Iredell County, NC (26) Montgomery County, NC (16) Stanly County, NC (6)  RowanCounty(71) Rowan County (71)  CabarrusCounty(46) Cabarrus County (46)  DavidsonCounty(25) Davidson County (25)  DavieCounty(20) Davie County (20)  IredellCounty(26) Iredell County (26)  MontgomeryCounty(16) Montgomery County (16)  StanlyCounty(6) Stanly County (6)
Salisbury is the county seat for Rowan County
Salisbury is in Rowan County
      Rowan County (71)  
      Cabarrus County (46)  
      Davidson County (25)  
      Davie County (20)  
      Iredell County (26)  
      Montgomery County (16)  
      Stanly County (6)  
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1North Carolina (Rowan County), Salisbury — All Gave Some, Some Gave All
In memory of WW I veterans In memory of WW II veterans In memory of Korean veterans In memory of Vietnam veterans In memory of Bosnia veterans In memory of Desert Storm veterans In memory of Saudi Arabia veterans In memory of Iraq . . . Map (db m175777) WM
2North Carolina (Rowan County), Salisbury — L-47 — Andrew Jackson
Studied law under Spruce Macay, 1784 – 85, at an office which stood 1 bl. W. Admitted to the bar in Rowan County, Nov. 6, 1787.Map (db m34204) HM
3North Carolina (Rowan County), Salisbury — Boone Trail 1769
From this town Richard Henderson in Behalf of Henderson and Company dispatched Daniel Boone, John Findlay, John Stuart, Joseph Holden, James Mooney and William Cooley to explore the wilderness of Kentucky.Map (db m175793) HM
4North Carolina (Rowan County), Salisbury — Burial Trenches and Salisbury Prison
You are facing the 18 trenches used by the Salisbury Confederate Prison for the burial of prisoners, most of whom died after October 1864.Map (db m35270) HM
5North Carolina (Rowan County), Salisbury — C.S. Military PrisonLonging for the Morning
On November 2, 1861, the Confederate government purchased about 16 acres here for a prison. The tract included an abandoned three-story cotton mill, a boiler house, six tenements, a superintendent’s house, and several smaller buildings. A stockade . . . Map (db m34202) HM
6North Carolina (Rowan County), Salisbury — Christian Reid(Frances Fisher Tiernan) — 1846 - 1920 —
Wrote more than forty novels, odes and poems. "The Land of the Sky" has been an inspiration to all who have read it, and many travelers have visited North Carolina to enjoy scenic beauties so graphically described by her.Map (db m175786) HM
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7North Carolina (Rowan County), Salisbury — City of Salisbury
Settled by Scotch-Irish in 1747, coming from Pennsylvania along the “Great Wagon Road”. Established as the county seat in 1753. Named after the cathedral town (New Sarum) in England. Largest city in western North Carolina in the 18th and 19th . . . Map (db m35662) HM
8North Carolina (Rowan County), Salisbury — L-2 — Confederate Prison
Enclosure, 16 acres. Once held 10,000 men. Destroyed by Federals, 1865. Site one block south.Map (db m1583) HM
9North Carolina (Rowan County), Salisbury — Cotton Mills Corner
The property at this corner of Church and Fisher Streets was the location of a three-week revival that in 1887 initiated the textile industry in Rowan County. The Salisbury Public Art Committee designed a bronze history marker for the site and . . . Map (db m175782) HM
10North Carolina (Rowan County), Salisbury — Crossroads: Past Into Present
This mural depicts Salisbury at the turn of the 20th century. Local artist Cynvia Arthur Rankin completed the 127' × 48.5' mural over three years. The mural was dedicated on November 30, 1980. One hundred forty-one local citizens in period . . . Map (db m175779) HM
11North Carolina (Rowan County), Salisbury — Elizabeth Maxwell Steele
This tablet is erected to the memory of Elizabeth Maxwell Steele Patriot 1781 - 1911Map (db m35732) HM
12North Carolina (Rowan County), Salisbury — L-61 — Francis Locke1722-1796
Colonel of Whig force which routed Tories at Battle of Ramsour's Mill, June 20, 1780. Home stood nearby.Map (db m181973) HM
13North Carolina (Rowan County), Salisbury — Hall HouseLegacy of the Past
In 1859, Dr. Josephus Wells Hall bought this house, which was constructed in 1820 as the Salisbury Female Academy, and added a new entrance and the double veranda with lacey ironworks. Inside, he had ornate French wallpaper hung and the hall . . . Map (db m34279) HM
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14North Carolina (Rowan County), Salisbury — L-106 — Harry Cowan1810 – 1904
Baptist minister vital to growth of church in N.C. Founder of Mount Zion Church (1867), which is one block W.Map (db m35132) HM
15North Carolina (Rowan County), Salisbury — Hinton Rowan HelperSalisbury History & Art Trail — Antebellum —
Friendless, penniless, and above, he took his own life, and died at the age of eighty — this man who had shaken the Republic from center to circumference and who at a critical period had held and filled the center of the stage. . . . Map (db m175792) HM
16North Carolina (Rowan County), Salisbury — Honor Roll
Ted Proctor • Charles Crook • Charlie Swink • Neil Madden • W.L. Mowery • Tom AmassMap (db m175775) WM
17North Carolina (Rowan County), Salisbury — J.C. Deagan Tubular Bell Tower Chimes
"The principle use of the Deagan Tower Chimes is…to carry the message of Christ and Christianity beyond the walls of the church building into the hearts and homes and homes of the entire community" The J.C. Deagan Company of Chicago, Illinois . . . Map (db m175787) HM
18North Carolina (Rowan County), Salisbury — L-15 — John Steele
Congressman, 1789 – 93, Comptroller of the United States Treasury, Federalist Party Leader. Home stands 2 blocks east.Map (db m34415) HM
19North Carolina (Rowan County), Salisbury — L-12 — John W. Ellis
Governor, 1859-61. A leader of the secession movement in N. C. Died July, 1861, aged 40. Home stands 1½ blocks south.Map (db m34288) HM
20North Carolina (Rowan County), Salisbury — John Willis EllisAttorney ✵ Superior Court Judge ✵ Governor of North Carolina — Salisbury History & Art Trail - Civil War & Reconstruction —
John Willis Ellis was born November 20, 1820, in the area of Rowan County which later became a part of the new county of Davidson. In 1842 he opened his law office at No. 2 Cowan's Row, located in this block. Early in his career he won a seat in . . . Map (db m175778) HM
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21North Carolina (Rowan County), Salisbury — L-27 — Lee S. Overman
United States Senator, 1903-30, a leading supporter of Wilson’s war policies, Speaker of the House of Representatives. His home is here.Map (db m34286) HM
22North Carolina (Rowan County), Salisbury — Macay Law Office
Spruce Macay (1755-1808), prominent local attorney, law teacher and judge, built his office on this lot. Andrew Jackson, U.S. President and William R. Davie, Revolutionary war hero and founder of the University of North Carolina studied under Macay . . . Map (db m175783) HM
23North Carolina (Rowan County), Salisbury — MaineOne Country – One Flag
Maine’s tribute to her soldiers who died while prisoners of war at Salisbury, N.C. 1864 – 1865 [ Right of Monument: ] “They fought for peace, - for peace they fell, - they sleep in peace, and all is well.” [ Rear of . . . Map (db m34406) HM
24North Carolina (Rowan County), Salisbury — L-63 — Maxwell Chambers House
A good example of the larger homes built about 1820. Now used by the Rowan Museum. Located ½ block south.Map (db m35133) HM
25North Carolina (Rowan County), Salisbury — Meroney’s TheatreSalisbury History & Art Trail — Railroad & Industrial —
When Dr. L. J. Meroney and his sister Lena built the theater in 1905, its large seating capacity attracted professional troupes to Salisbury. Two of the most famous thespians of the day, the “Divine” Sarah Bernhardt and the glamorous Lillian . . . Map (db m35657) HM
26North Carolina (Rowan County), Salisbury — L-71 — Old English Cemetery
Cornwallis’ men buried here in 1781. Granted to city in 1770 by British government. Grave of Gov. John W. Ellis is here.Map (db m33947) HM
27North Carolina (Rowan County), Salisbury — Pennsylvania Monument
[ Left Tablet: ] This monument is erected by authority of an Act of the Pennsylvania Legislature approved June 13th 1907. To commemorate the patriotic devotion, heroism, and self-sacrifice of the officers and soldiers of the Pennsylvania . . . Map (db m34410) HM
28North Carolina (Rowan County), Salisbury — Rowan County CourthouseEscaped Destruction — Stoneman’s Raids —
The Old Rowan County Courthouse, a visible reminder of Salisbury’s antebellum prosperity, was erected in 1855 and is one of North Carolina’s finest Greek Revival-style public buildings. It served as Rowan’s third courthouse until 1914. Salisbury . . . Map (db m34278) HM
29North Carolina (Rowan County), Salisbury — Rowan County World War I Memorial
Erected by the Elizabeth Maxwell Steele Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution in memory of the Rowan County boys who fought in the World War - 1919Map (db m35736) HM
30North Carolina (Rowan County), Salisbury — Salisbury Confederate Memorial1861 - 1865 — (also known as "Fame" and "Gloria Victus") —
In memory of Rowan's Confederate Soldiers that their heroic deeds, sublime self-sacrifice and undying devotion to duty and Country may never be forgotten Soldiers of the Confederacy, Fame has given you an imperishable crown. History will . . . Map (db m195015) WM
31North Carolina (Rowan County), Salisbury — Salisbury Cotton MillsSalisbury History & Art Trail — Railroad & Industrial —
Religious fervor provided the impetus for establishing Rowan County's post-Civil War textile industry. On November 9, 1887, during a three-week revival held in the Farmer's Warehouse on this site, the Reverend R.G. Pearson, a visiting evangelist, . . . Map (db m175781) HM
32North Carolina (Rowan County), Salisbury — Salisbury Fire Dept.200 Years of Service — 1817 - 2017 —
1817: Townsmen donate $415. "We … do promise to pay to the Commissioners of the Town of Salisbury … to procure an engine and other fire apparatus … for the safety of the town." Witnessed 12/8/1817. 1866: A new fire engine was purchased . . . Map (db m175796) HM
33North Carolina (Rowan County), Salisbury — Salisbury National Cemetery
Salisbury Prison and Trench Graves Salisbury Prison was established by the Confederate government in October 1861 on the site of an old cotton factory. In preparation for the first prisoners, a portion of the grounds was enclosed by a stockade . . . Map (db m34398) HM
34North Carolina (Rowan County), Salisbury — Salisbury Rotary ClubSalisbury History & Art Trail — Modern —
June 15, 1920—First formal meeting, installation of local officers, and presentation of its charter from Rotary International was held on the roof garden of the Wallace Building (now The Plaza).
The need to . . . Map (db m175791) HM
35North Carolina (Rowan County), Salisbury — L-21 — Samuel McCorkle1746-1811
Influential Presbyterian minister and educator, His classical academy, Zion Parnassus (c. 1794-1798), operated ¾ mi. N.Map (db m181974) HM
36North Carolina (Rowan County), Salisbury — L-70 — Setzer School
Restored one-room log school of 1840’s. Now located at the Knox Junior High School, ¼ mile east.Map (db m35268) HM
37North Carolina (Rowan County), Salisbury — L-44 — St. Luke’s Episcopal Church
Parish established in 1753. Present building constructed in 1828, stands one block west.Map (db m34285) HM
38North Carolina (Rowan County), Salisbury — L-28 — Stoneman’s Raid
On a raid through western North Carolina Gen. Stoneman’s U. S. Cavalry fought a skirmish with Southern troops near here, April 12, 1865.Map (db m33921) HM
39North Carolina (Rowan County), Salisbury — L-29 — Stoneman’s Raid
Stoneman’s U.S. Cavalry occupied the town of Salisbury, Apr. 12, 1865, and destroyed the Confederate warehouses, supplies, and prison.Map (db m33918) HM
40North Carolina (Rowan County), Salisbury — The Travelers' ClubSalisbury History & Art Trail — Railroad & Industrial —
In 1909 twelve ladies, led by Mrs. James Preston Moore (nee Beulah Stewart), organized the Travelers' Club for the purpose of becoming well informed on foreign countries and other subjects. "Miss Beulah," as she was affectionately known, was . . . Map (db m175785) HM
41North Carolina (Rowan County), Salisbury — Town Well
Dug in the mid-1700s, it was last used by the A.H. Boyden family in the early 1900s. The well was the source of water for those who resided on this property, notably the familes of Adlai Osborne, Archibald Henderson, and Spruce Macay, along with his . . . Map (db m175784) HM
42North Carolina (Rowan County), Salisbury — L-24 — Trading Ford
On famous trading path used by Indians and early settlers. There Greene, retreating from Cornwallis, crossed on Feb. 2, 1781. East 1 mi.Map (db m33930) HM
43North Carolina (Rowan County), Salisbury — L-30 — Trading Path
Colonial trading route, dating from 17th century from Petersburg, Virginia, to the Catawba and Waxhaw Indians in Carolina, passed nearby.Map (db m34416) HM
44North Carolina (Rowan County), Salisbury — Unknown Soldiers Monument
In 18 trenches, just south of this spot, rest the bodies of 11,700 soldiers of the United States Army, who perished during the years 1864 and 1865 while held by the Confederate Military Authorities as prisoners of war in a stockade near this place. . . . Map (db m34403) HM
45North Carolina (Rowan County), Salisbury — Veterans Memorial Helicopter and Tree
This helicopter and tree dedicated to all veterans who served their countryMap (db m175776) WM
46North Carolina (Rowan County), Salisbury — Washington’s Tour of the Southern States
In Patriotic Commemoration of the visit of George Washington on his tour of the Southern States 1791Map (db m35731) HM
47North Carolina (Rowan County), Salisbury — L-64 — Washington's Southern Tour
President Washington was a visitor in the town of Salisbury, May 30 – 31, 1791.Map (db m33938) HM
48North Carolina (Rowan County), Salisbury — William ValentineSalisbury History & Art Trail — Civil War & Reconstruction —
William Valentine, a free man of color, was born in North Carolina and lived in Salisbury for a number of years. His home on East Bank Street, purchased before the Civil War, was located just outside the gates of the Confederate States Military . . . Map (db m175794) HM
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Nov. 29, 2022