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Rowan Museum, Salisbury

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The Rowan Museum is located in a 19th-century courthouse in Salisbury, North Carolina that survived Stoneman’s Raid. The building is considered to be one of the finest examples of antebellum architecture in North Carolina. The museum is dedicated to the history of Rowan County.

Listed on the National Register of National Places in March 1970. The courthouse was built and completed by Conrad and Williams contractors between 1855–1857. The courthouse is a two-story building with a hexastyle colossal Doric portico along the front facade. A new courthouse was built in 1914 and is now located next door. The courthouse was transformed into the Community Building and now houses the Rowan Museum.
Among the museum's holdings is the Old Stone House, a Georgian two-story structure built in 1766 near present-day Granite Quarry by Michael Braun, a wheelwright, printer and carpenter. The house is the oldest in Rowan County and one of the State's few remaining stone houses. Descendants or Braun and the Fisher family worked to preserve the house in the 1950s, when there was the possibility of it being torn down so its rock could be used for roads. The families donated the restored house to the museum in 1966. Other historic properties managed by the museum include the Utzman-Chambers House located in Salisbury and the China Grove Roller Mill in China Grove, NC.

On the first floor are exhibits that display the history of Rowan County. The second floor of the museum features the Messinger Room which displays the remnants of a 19th-century courthouse. It is often rented for business and private events during the year. Throughout the year the museum hosts an Antique Show, Germafest, Spring Frolic, summer camps, and Old Stone Christmas.

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  • This museum focuses on the history of Salisbury and Rowan County. It also has rotating exhibits, e.g., WWI, history of Cheerwine. The staff always is helpful.  more »
  • We visited the Rowan Museum after Church. The lady who works there is so nice. We got to walk around the entire museum even upstairs. The have a room that can be rented out for Wedding Receptions.....  more »
  • Great museum is Salisbury the place was nice and easy to find. Plus the artifacts were great to see and to see how time was back then. Plus a little bonus at the end talking about Cheerwine during the festival.
  • Nice little museum. Docent was extremely nice and let us in early as didn't realize it didn't open until 1 and we were there before noon. Quaint downtown area and the church next to the museum was beautiful but locked so no seeing inside.

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