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(Established 1753; Population 138,898) is home to Salisbury, the seat of Rowan County, and nine municipalities. Each one adds a unique flavor to the Rowan County community and is vibrant in history and tradition. Rowan County is in the heart of North Carolina's Piedmont region and is approximately two hours from the state's mountains and four hours from the beach. Rowan County is home to many of the state's historic sites, including the N.C. Transportation Museum in Spencer and the N.C. Confederate Civil War Prison in Salisbury.
130 West Innes St.
Salisbury, NC 28144
(Incorporated 1755; Population 34,199)
Salisbury was named after the cathedral town in England. Salisbury was at the leading edge of the American frontier, serving as the jumping-off point for pioneers, visionaries and even a few scoundrels and fugitives. As the largest city in western North Carolina in the 18th and early 19th centuries, Salisbury was the major center of trade and politics. The coming of the railroad in 1859 further boosted the town’s economy and stimulated industry. Salisbury, the county seat of Rowan County, is located in the heart of the beautiful Piedmont area, the industrial heart of North Carolina. Located on interstate 85, 35 miles from Charlotte and Winston-Salem, Salisbury is in one days' travel time to any major city on the east coast. It is the approximate halfway point between Washington, DC and Atlanta GA.
City of Salisbury
217 South Main St.
P.O. Box 479
Salisbury, NC 28145
China Grove, NC
(Incorporated 1889; Population 3,568)
China Grove had its beginnings prior to the American Revolution. The town served as an early stagecoach stop. China Grove received its name from a sizeable grove of chinaberry trees that served as a landmark for Native Americans. On October 23, 1896, the first three rural mail routes in the United States began. One of these routes operated out of the China Grove Post Office.
Town of China Grove
205 Swink St.
China Grove, NC 28023
(Incorporated 1883; Population 749)
Cleveland has evolved from Indian trails and buffalo wallows, from wagon roads to paved streets and highways, from mainly agriculture to a mixutre of agriculture and history. Cleveland had three names prior to its incorporation in 1883: Cowansville, Rowan Mills, and Third Creek Station. It was actually incorporated as Third Creek Station, but the name was changed to Cleveland in 1887. Third Creek Presbyterian Church, burial site for French Marshall Ney, and Christ Episcopal Church are two of Cleveland’s oldest historical sites. This small town is located in the western portion of Rowan County. Today one can sense a historical connection of family and culture as well as benefit from modern innovations, technology and services.
Town of Cleveland
302 East Main St.
P.O. Box 429
Cleveland, NC 27013
East Spencer, NC
(Incorporated 1901; Population 1,658)
The town of East Spencer was once referred to as "Southern City" by railroad men who worked for the Southern Railway before the turn of the century. After the Spencer Shops opened in 1896, the little town grew quickly.
Town of East Spencer
105 South Long St.
P.O. Box 339
East Spencer, NC 28039
(Incorporated 1903; Population 667)
Tradition holds that John Thomas Wyatt, a newspaper columnist who settled on the rocky land five miles east of Salisbury, named the town. Wyatt opened a quarry there and since he had no experience in quarrying, said he was proceeding on "faith." The town has gained a wide reputation for hosting the largest Fourth of July celebration in the state.
Town of Faith
100 North Main St.
P.O. Box 37
Faith, NC 28041
Granite Quarry, NC
(Incorporated 1901; Population 2,060)
Granite Quarry was once called "Woodside." Due to the numerous quarrying operations in the area, the town’s name was changed to Granite Quarry in 1905. Granite Quarry is known worldwide for the unique "pink" granite that is mined from the ground. The Action for Community Teamwork (ACT) Volunteer Committee in town has flourished with the hiring of a full-time coordinator to deal with town health and human services issues. Granite Quarry is also home to the Old Stone House which was built by Michael Braun in 1766 and is known as the oldest German house in North Carolina.
Town of Granite Quarry
143 North Salisbury Ave.
P.O. Box 351
Granite Quarry, N.C. 28072
Kannapolis is a thriving city of 43,000 located along the I-85 corridor just outside of Charlotte, North Carolina. From mill town to biotechnology hub, Kannapolis is a rapidly evolving City with a colorful past and brilliant future.
PO Box 1100
Kannapolis, NC 28082
(Incorporated 1901; Population 3,083)
Landis started out as a mill town. In 1900, Columbus A. Linn and his sons, locally prominent landowners, founded the Linn Mill. The following year the town was incorporated. The Linn Brothers Store became known as the "Busy Store" and the Landis Depot was built. These historic buildings, as well as the old post office and jail, still stand in the downtown area. Landis lies on the interstate 85 corridor between the metropolitan cities of Greensboro (to the North) and Charlotte (to the South). Main thoroughfares through town include US Highway 29/601, US Highway 29-A, NC Highway 153 with easy access to Interstate 77.
(Incorporated 1911; Population 2,060)
Rockwell, once known as the place where a thirsty traveler could stop at the "Rock Well" for a refreshing drink, still boasts of its good well water from its eight wells. Early settlers were Germans who came here in 1760. Examples of their perseverance and craftsmanship are two early stone churches: Organ Lutheran Church, the oldest Lutheran church structure in North Carolina, and Grace (Lower Stone) United Church of Christ, both built around 1795. Both of these churches have graveyards adjoining the churches which have proved to be a treasure-trove of genealogical information.
Town of Rockwell
202 East Main St.
P.O. Box 506
Rockwell, NC 28138
(Incorporated 1905; Population 3,579)
Spencer was lucky enough to be located in a key location. In 1896 the Southern Railway Company chose Spencer as the halfway point between Washington, DC and Atlanta, GA for its largest steam locomotive servicing facility. The shops and the town that grew up around the new facilities were named after Samuel Spencer, the first president of Southern Railway. Today the facility is a state historic site preserved as the North Carolina Transportation Museum. The town’s pride in its railroad heritage is shown in the annual "Steamfest" celebration.
Town of Spencer
600 South Salisbury Ave.
P.O. Box 45
Spencer, NC 28159