December 24, 2012

Happy Holidays from Greg Rapp ~ !!!

December 07, 2012

1403 South Fulton Street is for sale and . . . What a Buy!!!

1403 South Fulton Street is for sale and . . . what a buy!!!   

At the gateway to the popular Fulton Heights Historic Neighborhood in Salisbury, North Carolina, sits this absolutely charming, 1 and 1/2 story, 3 bedroom, 1930's brick bungalow with a huge fenced back yard . . . and here is the real deal: 

Living Room with Fireplace
This solid masonry brick home with loads of built-in storage space, wood floors, period millwork, and original tile bathroom is priced $30K below tax value!  Folks, this is an opportunity not to be passed by!

Screened Porch with Terracotta Tile
 This home at 1403 S Fulton Street deceivingly appears small from the outside, but features large spacious rooms with a great circular-flow floor plan.  From the welcoming front portico you enter through the front door with its attractive arched transom into the large 20’ x 14’ living room with fireplace.   

12 x 12 Dining Room
From there you can go through to either one of the two 12’ x 14’ bedrooms  . . . or turn to the left to enjoy your beautiful screened porch with terracotta tiled floor ~ looking out into a yard with its huge shade trees.  Heading upstairs will take you to the enormous, nearly 30’ x 15’, wood-paneled attic bedroom with unique angled walls and deep storage closets.  

Charming kitchen with pantry
From the living room, you walk through an archway to the 12’x 12’ dining room, and from there to the nearly 12 x 12 kitchen, workable yet ripe for renovation with its butler’s pantry and built-in storage space.   

From the kitchen you can exit through the back door to one of the most special attributes of this charming Fulton Street home: the large fenced backyard, perfect for entertaining, or just playing fetch with your puppy.  

This South Fulton Street home features a large deck, perfect for summer relaxing, and the masonry BBQ fireplace at one corner of the deck is the perfect touch to this great outdoor entertaining and living space.  The block sidewall of a quiet, next door, commercial building creates the feeling of a walled courtyard, something a savvy gardener will really make the most of! 

Great garden potential!

This 1425 square foot solid masonry brick home in one of Salisbury’s 10 historic districts is nestled in a friendly neighborhood, the popular Fulton Heights Neighborhood of Salisbury North Carolina, while being close to everything in downtown Salisbury.  The Fulton Heights Neighborhood was selected by Rowan Magazine as the Best Neighborhood 2010, based on votes by the public.

The Fulton Heights Neighborhood was the 2012 recipient of the City of Salisbury's BLOCKWORK Program. The City of Salisbury’s Community Appearance Commission hosted the BLOCKWORKNeighborhood Improvement Project in the 1000 block of South Fulton Street this October. Salisbury's BLOCKWORK is a grass-roots program designed to bring community supporters together to promote cleaner and safer neighborhoods - one block at a time. This year’s Fulton Street BLOCKWORK project included exterior repairs like painting, porch repair, decorative fence installation, sidewalk and landscaping work, and a major student art project.   

The Fulton Heights Neighborhood Association is a very active group that sponsors many fun family activities in the neighborhood, such as Easter Egg Hunts, an annual Halloween Parade & Costume Contest, and its annual Holiday Home Tour. Fulton Heights has excellent sidewalks throughout its grid pattern creating a great place to take walks to enjoy the neighborhood, and a small park actually funded and installed by a neighborhood fundraising effort. 

The Fulton Heights Neighborhood Association communicates with neighbors via email, on on-line newsletter on their website (, and via Facebook at

$59,000 ~ $30K under tax value! Call 704.213.6846
This 1932 brick bungalow at 1403 South Fulton Street with its spacious rooms and high ceilings needs some minor updates and a little TLC but is a solidly built home, priced FAR below its tax value!   At the asking price of just $59,000, you can’t afford to pass up this opportunity!! Take the first steps toward making this charming home your own, make Greg Rapp your real estate agent by calling 704.213.6846 and let him show you the vast potential in this gateway-to-Fulton Heights home!

December 03, 2012

Home for Christmas!

Now is your opportunity to live in the antique house of your dreams in the popular Brooklyn South Square Historic Neighborhood in Salisbury North Carolina!  You can be home for Christmas!!

Click HERE to learn more about this gracious circa 1895 Victorian home-for-sale with gleaming floors, meticulous landscaping, many original features, and oodles of space!!!  

When you live in this beautifully preserved piece of history, you will be within walking distance to many of Salisbury's downtown amenities, and just a block from the Salisbury-Rowan Farmers' Market!  Walk to dinner at Chef Santos, and after dinner stroll around the corner to catch the latest play at the Meroney Theatre, stop next door afterwards and have a glass of wine whilst listening to live blue-grass or jazz at The Blue Vine wine shop, stroll home by the light of the moon & stop to watch a train go by into the night on the railway bridge . . . because you'll live close enough to do all of this and more!  Enjoy your mint julep on the wrap~around veranda, pick a bouquet of roses for every room in the house from your spectacular hedgerow of easily maintained (and practically ever~blooming!) Knock-Out Roses at the front bank, or cool off on a warm summer day with the breezes blowing through your side porch looking out upon your tucked-away brick patio. Grow your own vegetables and herbs in your deep, gated back lawn.  Cook up a gourmet supper in your granite counter-topped kitchen.  Curl up with a book and hot chocolate in winter in your sunroom looking out to the side gardens.

What better Christmas present for your family than this antique home that will give back for years to come!  Want to see this gorgeous specimen for yourself?  Call Greg Rapp at 704.213.6846 ~ he will walk you through every step of the purchase process so that you can relax in no time flat in your beautiful 1895 Victorian Home. . . . let Greg put YOU & your family in the the perfect Christmas card!

Circa 1895 Victorian Home for Sale ~ $200,000 ~ the Perfect Christmas Gift!

December 02, 2012

All Roads Lead to Salisbury NC!

The circa 1893 J.R. Silliman House ~ SOLD!!
Success story!  When a couple from the Washington DC area was recently searching central North Carolina for a home in which to downsize, Salisbury NC Realtor Greg Rapp showed them the circa 1893 J. R. Silliman house, the beautifully restored Victorian at 424 E. Bank Street in the Brooklyn South Square Historic District.  They fell in love with this unique home with its spacious veranda, enormous great room, and many special features, just a few blocks from downtown Salisbury shopping, restaurants, museums, and galleries, yet nestled in a quiet neighborhood filled with beautiful late 1800’s ~ early 1900’s homes.  This November, and within a very short time, Greg had a contract, AND . . . under the average number of days on the market.  

More preservation to come!  The previous owners of 424 E. Bank Street have invested heavily in restoring several houses in the Brooklyn South Square neighborhood...and will now delving into yet another home restoration project in their new home in Salisbury's North Long Street-Park Avenue Historic District.  Here is what one of the owners shared with Greg Rapp, their real estate agent:

(To see more testimonials, scroll to the bottom of this webpage)

Circa 1870 ~ 229 S. Long Street
All roads lead to Salisbury!  A few days later, Greg was speaking with another of his clients who had purchased the circa 1870 home at 229 S. Long Street a few years earlier.  It turns out the gentleman who just purchased 424 E. Bank Street had gone to high school with the gentleman in the Long Street home back in Ohio.  Who would ever think that, some years later, the two would find each other in a historic neighborhood in Salisbury, North Carolina?  All roads DO lead to Salisbury NC!

The circa 1895 Julian~Phillips Home ~ FOR SALE $200K
Salisbury North Carolina has a strong record of historic preservation. The City of Salisbury currently boasts 10 National Register Historic Districts with an inventory of over 1,200 historic properties.  The city has many historic homes and commercial buildings dating from the 19th century and early 20th century, several of which are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.   If you have always dreamed of owning an older home, rich in value, character, and history, contact Greg Rapp to see which, within an array of historic homes for sale right here in Salisbury, might be your new dream home and your own piece of history!  

Greg Rapp / Wallace Realty ~ 704.213.6846.

November 23, 2012

The Real Estate Agent Who is in it for the Long Haul!

Real estate has seen some ups and some downs over the past decade. Right now, we’re in what can be looked at as a “long-haul” market. What that means is that immediate improvements in the overall health of the industry are not expected any time soon, so people who want to succeed in the real estate business need to be committed for the long haul.

Your real estate agent needs the following to survive in a long-haul environment: 
1. A positive attitude toward the realities of the market. 
2. Strong sales skills and business acumen. 
3. A high level of commitment and discipline. 

Greg Rapp of Wallace Realty has these tools in his real estate toolbox and is in it for the long haul! 

328 Warehouse Drive is a large, over 74,000 total square foot, property with 2 large warehouses, and one large workshop right in the heart of Salisbury, North Carolina! With the property’s security & sprinkler systems in place, 1800 square feet of offices, a kitchenette, and two bathrooms, one might think that this excellent lease revenue potential might have been jumped on at only $395,000 asking price. Yet…this property languished on the market for nearly three years. Greg Rapp had listed the property on & off over the 3-year period, but persistence finally paid off. With colleague James Poe/Wallace Realty bringing Livingstone College to the table, the team was able to negotiate a final long awaited sale on the property to the satisfaction of both buyer and seller in November 2012. Being in it for the long haul pays off for everyone!

Today’s market has revealed where agents are lacking. Warren Buffett has a great quote: “When the tide goes out, you know who’s been skinny-dipping.” Because the tide is out right now, today’s market demands more discipline, mental toughness, and consistency from real estate agents. If your agent does not have those qualities, you and your property are going to be vulnerable. Today we too often hear brokers complain about how tough the market, sellers, buyers, and transactions are. Whoever says success and rewards are easy was mistaken ~ real estate has always been challenging. Real estate transactions may have been easier in the stretch from 2002 to 2006, but that’s gone. It's time to get over it! 

The real estate agents who master their attitudes and maintain a level of discipline to achieve results are having their best year in real estate. Greg Rapp is one of those Realtors. Greg has been able to grasp that concept, putting systems and strategies in place that have been successful in expanding his business. Real estate buying or selling is a commitment towards a goal and your real estate agent must be in it for the long haul. If you think of it any other way, you may be on the wrong track. 

It used to be easy to “flip” or resell a property fairly quickly. At one point in time it was far too easy – now real estate is facing a new reality that is here to stay for a while. It is better to get it right, than right away - a bit of care in choosing a Realtor that is in it for the long haul before you sign on that real estate buying/selling commitment can save you  frustration and increase your long term satisfaction with your property sale or purchase.

Today’s marketplace requires more from your agent. During the current economic downturn, over 300,000 Realtor’s have given up because they refused to change and keep themselves educated on the new processes required to assist their clients in navigating the myriad of requirements posed by Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and HUD. In today’s market, Greg Rapp feels it is his obligation as a professional to stay abreast of the ever changing landscape in the Real Estate market. To that end, Greg has invested in additional real estate education. By furthering his knowledge, he can help his customers acquire the perfect property or assist them during the sale process in ways that aid clients in obtaining mortgage lender approval. This creates a win/win for both parties.

Greg Rapp is the real estate agent to choose who will be in it for the long haul to either find you the property you are looking for, or to move that real estate you’ve been trying to sell for so long. You can’t be defeated by the marketplace unless you quit. You might be delayed, but you won’t be defeated! Call Greg Rapp today at 704.213.6846 to move your property. Become one of Greg Rapp’s preferred clients ~ he will be glad to represent you.

November 12, 2012

Downtown Salisbury, North Carolina ~ one of 10 Great Neighborhoods for 2012

On October 03, 2012, The American Planning Association (APA) announced the designation of downtown Salisbury, North Carolina as one of 10 Great Neighborhoods for 2012 under the organization's Great Places in America program.

Historic Salisbury Trolley Tours ~
Saturdays from April though October

APA Great Places exemplify exceptional character and highlight the role planning and planners play in adding value to communities, including fostering economic growth and jobs. APA singled out Downtown Salisbury for its 259-year history, architectural heritage, renewed physical and cultural fabric, and seamless integration of residential, commercial and retail uses. The diversity of offerings - shops, restaurants, live theaters, galleries, trolley tours, and living history displays - delivers unique experiences for both visitor and resident.

Downtown Salisbury is the second North Carolina neighborhood - after New Bern's Middle Street - to win an APA Great Places award. Salisbury's commitment to restoring and protecting the essence of its historic community has been unwavering.  These efforts coupled with adaptive reuse and focus on public/private partnerships has fueled growth and reinvestment that have made Salisbury's downtown a dynamic destination.

Through Great Places in America, APA recognizes streets, neighborhoods, and public spaces featuring unique and authentic characteristics that have evolved from years of thoughtful and deliberate planning by residents, community leaders, and planners. The 2012 Great Places illustrate how the foresight of planning fosters tomorrow's communities and they have many of the features Americans say are important to their "ideal community" including locally owned businesses, transit, neighborhood parks, and sidewalks. Downtown Salisbury's journey from merely a government seat to a cultural and economic dynamo illustrates how planning with a vision and steady follow-through can transform a neighborhood.  Concerted and coordinated efforts during the past four decades have given rise to a picturesque downtown Salisbury, full of charm, character, and economic vitality.

Not content to sit on its laurels, Salisbury is looking to renovate the c. 1855 Empire Hotel owned by Downtown Salisbury Inc., a nonprofit redevelopment corporation.  Commercial space is currently available for rent in the Empire Hotel, right along S. Main Street in Salisbury’s thriving retail district and across the street from City Hall.  Contact Greg Rapp (704.213.6846) for more info regarding renting space, or for development opportunities for this grand building and prime location in the center of the award-winning Downtown Salisbury.

The tax base in downtown Salisbury's core increased from $31.5 million in 1981 to $77.9 million in 2010, despite declines in one of the city's historically important industries - textiles. Cultural and arts opportunities in downtown Salisbury rival those found in larger cities. The neighborhood hosts 75 shops, 15 restaurants, five museums, three theaters and a public library. The 2001 master plan vision of creating a festival and entertainment area on Fisher Street and an arts district in a largely abandoned warehouse district has been realized.

Contributions of city boards and commissions, as well as guiding principles laid out in ordinances and planning documents that have shaped the city's "progressive trajectory”. Private property owners have invested generously in the downtown, and volunteers have logged thousands of hours to help make the neighborhood a center for business, entertainment, culture, government, and soon education, with the coming Rowan-Salisbury Schools Central Office.

Click HERE to download a copy of the Salisbury Success Story.  Call Greg Rapp at 704.213.6846 for your own Salisbury Success Story!  Opportunity abounds to make one of Salisbury's downtown buildings your award winning location.  Tune back in here at to hear more about adaptive reuse opportunities in Downtown Salisbury, North Carolina!


October 31, 2012

Speedy Turn~Around Strikes Again!

Who says your home has to languish on the market for months, while you postpone your life waiting for your real estate decisions to finalize?  This may be the scenario for some, but if you list your property with Greg Rapp, the potential to move your property quickly increases exponentially!

A lone sign in front of your property will not sell your house.  A lone photo on a multiple listing service will not sell your house.  A Realtor who already has communication lines open with a variety of potential buyers sells your house.  A Realtor who uses a broad range of marketing tools sells your house.  A Realtor who understands the fluctuations of the housing market, and can help you price your home TO SELL, sells your house.

Greg Rapp listed the great single story brick home at 835 Choat Road, Salisbury NC, that sits on more than an acre of property, on Tuesday October 23rd.  The home is in a country setting, with vistas of open fields in every direction, yet minutes from the Interstate Highway and the conveniences of the City of Salisbury.  This maintenance-free home, with brick and vinyl siding, had been empty for approximately a year and was in need of a little TLC, but nothing a cleaning and landscaping crew couldn't take care of in a day.  By Saturday, October 27th, Greg had a contract in his hands!  FOUR DAYS ON THE MARKET...not 4 months!

List with Greg Rapp/Wallace Realty to get your property, and YOU, moving along!  Call Greg at 704.213.6846 or email

October 22, 2012

Want Quick Turn~Around? List with Greg Rapp!

Has your Home~For~Sale been languishing on the market for months and months, perhaps over a year, waiting for a buyer . . . the right buyer . . . any buyer?  It doesn't have to be this way, even in this struggling and depressed housing market.  Choosing the right agent, who knows how to price your property to SELL, and who knows how to reach the broadest breadth of interested buyers, is the secret to moving your property!  Just check out this real~time success story:

The owners of 103 Trapper's Ridge Drive in Rockwell, North Carolina were anxious, as many of you are, to sell their property in a timely manner, a beautifully landscaped one-story, brick, 3-bedroom home sitting on a hill up off the road in a charming, quiet neighborhood.  The home features hardwood floors in most rooms, a vaulted ceiling and brick fireplace in living room, arched and bay windows. Trapper's Ridge has a master~suite to die for ~ with 3 closets, one of which is a huge walk in closet, and beautifully appointed master bath with separate shower and tub. The home's formal dining room and separate eat in kitchen area are great for entertaining as is the secluded patio at the rear of the home. The home's superb floor plan, laundry room, and 3~car (yes THREE!!) garage already made this home a choice piece of real estate.  

But how were the owners to get out from under their heavy mortgage payment, and quickly?  

The owners listed 103 Trapper's Ridge Drive with Greg Rapp/Wallace Realty on September 24th.  With Greg's expert advise, they priced the home right at $200,000.  If this sounds low, it might be.  It was priced $50K below tax value . . . but in this case, the owners needed to move on quickly. Letting the house linger on the market was not a palatable option! Pricing at $200K allowed home buyers to find this property in searches that, for instance, allow one to look at properties priced from $150K to $200K...or from $200K to $250K. 

Greg's broad-reaching real-estate marketing tactics allow him a steady stream of interested buyers.  Within days of listing the property, Greg was showing 103 Trapper's Ridge to valid potential buyers.  By October 5th, just 12 days from listing the property, this home was under contract.

Want to be able to share the same success story for your property?  Call Greg Rapp at 704.213.6846!

September 22, 2012

1022 Terrace Drive ~ Spacious Split Level Design ~ Quiet Neighborhood ~ $99,900!

If you are looking for lots of room, organic design that accommodates living and entertaining, and a blank canvas for decorating and landscaping, the solid brick home at 1022 Terrace Drive in Salisbury North Carolina is the home for you! This split-level home is available and move-in ready for under $100,000 in a peaceful established neighborhood with old growth shade trees. The space in this home undulates from one room to the next, from one level to the next, offering privacy while achieving a rhythmic flow to the home. There are a number of benefits associated with split-level house plans. From square footage to better utilization of the lot, split-level homes are intriguing in that they offer plenty of practical space while being adaptable to custom decoration.

Benefits Galore!
The first and most obvious benefit of the split-level home at 1022 Terrace Drive is the amount of space it contains. Split-level homes are well-known for being great homes for people with children ~ they typically have almost as much square footage on the bottom floor as they do on the top. This split-level home, with over 2100 square feet of living space, is well laid-out and makes smart use of the space available, featuring a variety of living spaces. This layout of split-levels is another enormous benefit. The all hardwood-floor bedrooms and one bath are on the upper floor. The bedrooms all feature high windows that allow light yet privacy. The master suite has its own full bathroom and double sliding door closet. The open, inviting, eat-in kitchen (with new oven and loads of cupboard & counter space!), the combo dining - living room, and one more bathroom are located on the central or main entry floor. The living room features a large picture window that fills the room with light. The main level is where you’ll also find the entrance to the large attached two-car garage off the kitchen. The garage has a handicap ramp so this might be the home, especially with all the space, to consider if you are caring for elderly parents.

One of the most special features of the solid brick home at 1022 Terrace Drive is the large 26’ x 28’ finished walkout basement which includes a half bath, a fireplace with stove insert, a large storage closet, and laundry room. The tiled floor includes a gaming board! For parents with children, the family room becomes the playroom, a place where the kids can entertain themselves, out of the way, but right around the corner.

Possibilities Galore!

1022 Terrace Drive is a GREAT home for the money, priced $21,000 under tax value! The split-level design here is simple and unadorned, offering a clean slate and a chance for the new homeowners to customize it. This could be interior modifications, landscaping, or simply repainting. Almost anything will work with split-level decor.

Keep in mind that the three level split is based on what was originally a Frank Lloyd Wright design. Wright championed "organic" architecture and split-level floor plans keep that concept alive. If you could commission Wright to redesign your split, he might remove the walls between living room, kitchen,and dining room...and replace them with a single half wood/half glass wall, or something equally dramatic ~ and there's no reason you can't do the same.
Most people decorate their splits in an eclectic style, and this is great! Most American homes are decorated this way. Most splits are mid-20th century homes, and have existed during a prolific age of changing styles and tastes. With its organic design where the rooms are cozy but connected, you get the most out of what is available to you and have the ability to upgrade and adapt your home in whatever way suits you. People entering the house will be welcomed by the main floor layout, the arched passageway from living room to kitchen, and will feel very little barrier before entering the living room. New homeowners can create a simple barrier by the front door with as little as a series of potted plants on a stand, or perhaps an aquarium, maybe even a bench with a column. The possibilities are limited only by the imagination.

Speaking of Exterior . . .

1022 Terrace Drive sits on approximately a on acre fenced in lot ~ a grassy expanse lined by large shade trees. There is little landscaping in place, a landscaper’s dream to be able to create artistic and welcoming outdoor ‘rooms’, with a deep front yard, a gently graded slope yard at the house waiting to be softened by plantings, gardens, or even stonework, and a large level fenced-in back yard. The concrete patio at the back of the house is a great place for outdoor area for basking and coffee, for entertaining and barbequing, or just sitting back relaxing and watching the kids play in the huge yard. There is even a basketball hoop in place for you to shoot a few baskets before dinner!

The large back yard is on level terrain and offers plenty of space to create areas for an outdoor storage shed, firewood storage, garbage cans, bicycles, or something as simple as a clothesline or a secure run for the family dog

Upkeep and Adaptability

Split-level homes require straightforward maintenance and upkeep - maintaining the working parts of the split-level home is not expensive and is easily adaptable. With its brick exterior, 1022 Terrace Drive will never need more than trim painting! The home is heated and cooled with both gas and electric systems. Property taxes are approx $1473.00 per year. 1022 Terrace Drive has newly updated electrical systems. This home is move-in ready!

Come look today!  

Greg Rapp will be pleased to show you the endless possibilities in your new split-level home at 1022 Terrace Drive…all for $99,900! Call Greg at 704.213.6846 to picture yourself and your family in this spacious home!

September 13, 2012

Historic Salisbury Foundation's 37th Annual October Tour of Historic Homes!

It's that time of year again ~ one of the most glorious of all the weekends in Salisbury, North Carolina!

The Historic Salisbury Foundation is once again hosting it's October Tour of historic homes.  The tour and accompanying celebrations will be especially grand this year, as the Foundation is celebrating its 40th anniversary.  Stay tuned for more!


OctoberTour™ Events

Thursday, October 11, 2012

6:30 pm: The Harvest Moon Patrons' Party: Celebrate the start of OctoberTour™ 2012 as we honor our Sponsors and Homeowners with live music, dancing, signature cocktails and delicious food while enjoying the beautifully restored Hambley-Wallace House and gardens. Ticketed event.

Friday, October 12, 2012

11:30 am - 2:00 pm: The Secret Garden Tour and Luncheon: Begin with a behind-the-scenes tour of the beautifully restored gardens of the Hambley-Wallace House while learning all the details of this year-long labor of love from project leader, Janie Lane followed by a delicious lunch in the garden. Ticketed event.
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm: OctoberTour™ Night Out, 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Historic Downtown Salisbury: Downtown shops open late with isotre promotions, musical entertainment and children's area. Last chance to buy discounted OctoberTour™ tickets! Free event sponsored by Salisbury Rowan Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

10:00 am - 5:30 pm: 37th Annual OctoberTour™ Ticketed event.
10:00 am - 5:30 pm: Visit West Bank Street for delectable fare from local restaurants, musical entertainment on the lawn of the Hall House, Historic Salisbury Foundation booth with educational literature, membership information and memorabilia.
10:00 am - 5:30 pm: Visit 507 South Fulton Street for the Living History Encampment. The 63rd Regiment of the North Carolina Confederate Troops, Reactivated, will camp, soldiers will march, fire volley, discuss war strategy, tell stories and answer questions.
10:00 am - 5:30 pm: The Old North State Field Hospital Civil War Medical Reenactors group will portray the role of the Medical Department during the 1861-1865 war period, honoring both Confederate and Union Medical Services and Departments.
11:00 am - 3:00 pm: NEW! Colonial Children's Games on the Hall House Lawn, for children ages 4014. Games will be taught by volunteers of the Rowan Museum, dressed in colonial attire.
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm: NEW! History-themed Treasure Hunt for children, grades 2-8. Children are eligible to enter in teams of 4 to 6 members, plus 1 mandatory adult. Registration fee is $10 per participant and includes an OctoberTour™ 2012 t-shirt. Click for Registration Information.
Sundown: Living History Lantern Tour conducted by the 63rd Regiment of the NC Confederate Troops, Reactivated. Old Lutheran Cemetery, North Lee and Cemetery Streets. Tickets available at event, $5.00.
2:00 pm - 7:00 pm: Morgan Ridge Vineyard of Gold Hill serving a selection of their wines for sale on the lawn of the Dr. J. W. Hall House.
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm: OctoberTour™ After Hours and Artist Reception. Enjoy spirits and refreshments on the Hall House lawn while admiring paintings completed during the Oil Painters of America Paint Out.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

12:00 noon - 5:30 pm: 37th Annual OctoberTour™ Ticketed event.
12:00 noon - 5:30 pm: Visit West Bank Street for delectable fare from local restaurants, musical entertainment on the lawn of the Hall House, Historic Salisbury Foundation booth with educational literature, membership information and memorabilia.
12:00 noon - 5:30 pm: Visit 507 South Fulton Street for the Living History Encampment. The 63rd Regiment of the North Carolina Confederate Troops, Reactivated, will camp, soldiers will march, fire volley, discuss war strategy, tell stories and answer questions.
12:00 noon - 4:00 pm: NEW! Colonial Children's Games on the Hall House Lawn, for children ages 4-14. Games will be taught by volunteers of the Rowan Museum, dressed in colonial attire.

August 24, 2012

"Rebecca of the Well" ~ Historic Fountain in the view of the Historic Bernhardt House

Raphael Tuck & Sons Postcard Series No. 2297 “Salisbury, N.C.”
Copyright 1906 Theo Buerbaum

“Rebecca of the Well”, in her day, stood in the center of the square at Innes and Main Street in downtown Salisbury NC, Rowan County.  The original “Rebecca of the Well” fountain, installed in 1888, was used by the citizens of Salisbury for watering horses and for fire protection.  The fountain was removed to make way for the new streetcar system that Salisbury would install between 1903 and 1905, and eventually the cast iron was sold for scrap metal during World War II. An exact duplicate was made from the original 1888 molds and installed at the intersection of Innes and Depot Streets.

'Eliezer and Rebecca' Giambattista Pittoni, 18th century
The story of "Rebecca at the Well" comes from the Book of Genesis. The aged Abraham, wanting a wife for his son Isaac, sent his servant Eliezer to his homeland to find a suitable woman. Tired after his long journey, Eliezer stopped at a well and prayed for guidance. When Rebecca came to the well with her jug, he understood this to be a sign that she was to be Isaac's bride.  In the Genesis story, Rebecca not only gives Eliezer water to drink, but gives water to his camels as well.
"Rebecca of the Well", by Salisbury artist Robert Toth

The beautiful “Rebecca of the Well” fountain that now stands at the corner of Depot and East Innes Streets, represents the centerpiece of the Robertson Eastern-Gateway Park, and replicates the figure "Rebecca" which stood in the "Square" in downtown Salisbury ~ a resplendent reminder of Salisbury’s rich history. 

The historic Bernhardt House, at 305 East Innes Street, is just over the railway bridge from “Rebecca of the Well”.  The late Victorian Italianate landmark Bernhardt House, c. 1882, stands on its original site and is another unique cornerstone structure at the entrance of Historic Downtown Salisbury. This significant landmark is filled with special features above and beyond its expansive space (over 4500 square feet), its architectural integrity, and its prime location for a business.  The Bernhardt House, rich with historic details, is for sale at only $175,000, in the heart of the gateway to a thriving downtown and just minutes from the Interstate Highway.

The c. 1882 Bernhardt House just over the railway bridge from 'Rebecca of the Well"

The Bernhardt House, immaculately restored yet offering many modern business conveniences, is a 19th century gem rich with details.  “Rebecca of the Well” watches from the bridge ~ waiting for The Bernhardt House's new owner!  Let Greg Rapp show you opportunity a business at 305 E. Innes Street in The Historic Bernhardt House will create for you!  Call Greg today: 704.213.6846!