March 24, 2014

Historic Church Tour ~ Saturday March 29th

Historic Salisbury Foundation will host its first annual Sacred Places Tour, featuring eight historic churches and two cemeteries of Rowan County on Saturday March 29th, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This is a self-guided tour of some of the wonderful historic churches we have in this area.

Preceding the tour, Susan Waller will present a brief talk about how churches have brought citizens of Rowan County together. This discussion will take place at 9:15 a.m. at First United Methodist Church in Salisbury (217 S Church Street). Many Rowan County natives have fond memories of her tours at Horizons Unlimited, Setzer School, Thyatira Presbyterian Church, the Old Stone House, Kerr Mill, and Organ Lutheran Church.

The 2014 Sacred Places Tour will feature historic churches along Highway 150 (Mooresville Road), into western Rowan County.
For more information, go to this link:

If you are in Salisbury for the Sacred Places Tour, and would like to visit some historic homes for sale, contact Greg Rapp at 704.213.6846 and he'll set up those appointments for you!  There are many to choose from, all styles of architecture and all price ranges!  You won't be disappointed!

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First United Methodist Church

c. 1783
Current Building 1919 with additions
217 South Church St.
Salisbury, NC 28144
Don't miss out! Susan Waller will be at First United Methodist Church at 9:30 telling the stories about churches in Rowan County you can't get anywhere else. Afterwards, learn the history of First United Methodist Church while admiring the grandiose columns and intricate banners that line the sanctuary.
St. John's Lutheran Church
c. 1747
Current Building 1926
817 South Main Street
Salisbury, NC 28144

St. John's Lutheran Church was founded by German immigrants as the first Lutheran congregation in Salisbury. Visit this church to see some of the finest musical equipment in the Southeast! St. John's is also the home of stunning stained glass windows, custom made bronze doors, and many other fine works of art.
(open for limited hours during the afternoon due to funeral)  
Old Lutheran Cemetery 
c. 1768
North Lee Street
Why should you visit the Old Lutheran Cemetery on our tour and not just walk around by yourself? You may miss some of the significant headstones of promonent citizens of Salisbury. Or, you may not stumble across the buried foot! To hear more about the foot buried at this cemetery make sure to join us on March 29th.
St. Paul's Episcopal Church

c. 1877
Current Building 1898
930 Main Street
Salisbury, NC 28144

What does the Civil War, textile mills, and cotton have in common? St. Paul's Episcopal Church! Come find out how this weekend when we open up St. Paul's to the public. This old quaint church has a beautiful interior you will not want to miss! 
St. Mark's Lutheran Church in Christ 
c. 1879
Current Building 1955
5202 Mooresville Road
Salisbury, NC 28144
This church building may have only been built fifty-nine years ago, but the history behind the congregation goes back 135 years. With beautiful stained glass windows the interior of this church will intrique you as much as its interesting history.
Thyatira Presbyterian Church

c. 1747
Current Building 1860
220 White Road
Salisbury, NC 28125

Thyatira Presbyterian Church at Mill Bridge is, without a doubt, the oldest congregation of any denomination in the western part of the state. The church is also known as "The Mother of Presbyterianism in North Carolina." Not only do they have the longest history to read learn about, but they also have a very prominent pastor in their past who was vital to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's foundation.
Thyatira Presbyterian Cemetery
c. 1755
220 White Road
Salisbury, NC 28144
Also known as, "The Westminster Abby of Rowan County," the oldest cemetery west of the Yadkin River is the resting place of many renown persons. This graveyard contains relatives of past presidents, revolutionary war heros, and other citizens who changed the course of our history.
 Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Boyden Quarters

c. 1853
Current Building 1942
1765 White Road
Mount Ulla, NC 28147

This church is believed to be built on land that was once slave quarters. Hence, the name Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Boyden Quarters.
St. Luke's Lutheran Church 
c. 1869
Current Building 1930
11020 N. Carolina 801
Mt. Ulla, NC 28125
In June, 1869, twenty one people met on the property of Mrs. Catherine Kistler in Mount Ulla Township (across from the church) and resolved to form an Evangelical Lutheran congregation. Where did these Lutherans come from, why did they want to form a new church and what else did they accomplish? Find out this weekend!

Back Creek Presbyterian Church
c. 1805
Current Building 1857
2145 Back Creek Church Road
Mount Ulla, NC 28125
The beautiful country is the setting for these "Shouting Presbyterians" who split from Thyatira Presbyterian Church due to a huge controversy at the end of the 18th Century. Visit this "quiet place in the country" and learn more about the split.

Call the Historic Salisbury Foundation Office at
704-636-0103 or Click HERE to order tickets today!

Sacred Places Tour Details

This is a self-guided tour of eight churches and two cemeteries.

All churches and cemeteries on the tour are  
open to visitors between 10 a.m. -4 p.m.

Day of Tour Ticket Locations:
First United Methodist Church
Thyatira Presbyterian Church.

Booklets with histories of all sites will be provided to each visitor.
Docents will be present to answer questions and
provide more information at each church.
Lecture by Susan Waller begins at 9:30 a.m.
at First United Methodist Church.

Tickets are $15. You can order online or call the office at 704-636-0103. HSF office located at 215 Depot Street is open M-F 9-4. Tickets will be held at 'will call' the day of the tour which will be located at First United Methodist Church.

Preservation Award Nominations 
Historic Salisbury Foundation will accept nominations for its annual Historic Preservation Awards through Friday, April 4. These awards celebrate the individuals, companies, and projects demonstrating excellence in historic preservation of Rowan County that have been completed within the past three years. 
Historic Salisbury Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose mission is to preserve, protect and enhance the special historic character of Salisbury and Rowan County through education, neighborhood revitalization, advocacy and the preservation of historic landmarks.

Award categories include commercial revitalization, private preservation, neighborhood revitalization, long time preservation leaders, the advancement of historic preservation education to the public, publication of scholarly works (on history, genealogy, historic architecture, or historic preservation), preservation craftsmen or professionals, and volunteers.  

The Nomination Form is found on the Historic Salisbury Foundation's homepage!

For more information visit the Historic Salisbury Foundation's Homepage, or contact

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Historic Salisbury Foundation is a non-profit organization whose mission is to preserve and enhance the special character of Salisbury and Rowan County through education, neighborhood Revitalization, and the preservation of historic landmarks.
Annual memberships are the most important source of funding for the activities that the Foundation achieves during the course of the year. These funds provide the office staff for the organization, programs of advocacy for Historic Preservation, education & revitalization programs and the operation & maintenance of museum properties, all of which are designed to fulfill our mission.

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