Saturday, February 23, 2013

Day Trip of the Month: Historic Salisbury

Salisbury, North Carolina is a feast for the eyes in all things historic. One of the older established towns in the state, Salisbury enjoyed prominence and growth during the Colonial era as a center of trade and later on in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries continued its prominence in the areas of business and manufacturing. I would highly recommend visiting one of Salisbury's local museums or historic sites if you visit this town (

Downtown Salisbury contains a whopping thirteen National Register historic districts, and its neighborhoods full of antebellum estates, graceful Victorians, Colonial Revival's, charming bungalows, and vernacular cottages are delightful to walk through. The downtown offers great shopping and dining, and you can't beat the amazing variation of architecture.

Here are a few photos I snapped while there:

Innes Street

Holmes Place

Rowan County Courthouse

Kress Plaza- in process of rehabilitation

corner of Main and 11th Streets

Salisbury also has one of the best custom brick manufacturers in the country--making bricks the old-fashioned way--by throwing them into wooden molds before the firing process. The Old Carolina Brick Company, producers of fine handmade brick, has a variety of brick colors and patterns but can also custom match the brick that you need. This is especially nice for rehabilitation or reconstruction projects.

Have any of you ever visited Salisbury or taken any day trips lately to somewhere interesting?

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