ss hall house springDear First Responder,

Historic Salisbury Foundation is so grateful for your service.

Every evening as we watch the news, we see violence and destruction. We know that First Responders are the ones who jump to save lives the moment the call comes no matter how terrifying the situation.

Historic Salisbury Foundation, a private, non-profit organization focuses on neighborhood revitalization and the preservation of historic buildings. HSF has spent over forty years helping revitalize declining neighborhoods one house at a time. We understand that First Responders play an enormous role in the revitalization of neighborhoods when they work tirelessly to protect the people who live there. We have also seen first-hand how important First Responders are in the protection of the many historic properties that we have worked so hard to save when First Responders risked their lives in an attempt to save the 1896 Grimes Mill on January 16th, 2013. Historic Salisbury Foundation appreciates all you do to protect our community, its people and its houses.

Thank you for your dedication to the Rowan County community. To further show our appreciation, we would like to invite you to join us at the Dr. Josephus W. Hall House during our first open weekend in 2017, March 4th and 5th, with FREE entry for you and your families.

HHguidedtoursThe Dr. Josephus W. Hall House was built in 1820 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It was originally constructed as classrooms for the Salisbury Female Academy (1820-1825). The Hall House became a residence in 1825 when local businessman Maxwell Chambers and his half-sister Rebecca Troy purchased the property and made it their home.

Dr. Josephus W. Hall purchased the home in 1859 and began to transform it into a grand Southern residence. The house served four generations of the Hall family before its purchase by Historic Salisbury Foundation in 1972, along with many of its original contents, from Hall’s great granddaughter.

Visitors may walk in the footsteps of the Hall family and experience original furnishings, wallpapers, painted ceilings, and a desk used by Andrew Jackson when he studied law in Salisbury in the 1780’s. Stroll the grounds of the Hall House site to discover the restored kitchen building (ca. 1825), the restored slave dwelling (ca. 1825), and a cannon once used at Salisbury’s Civil War Prison. The Hall House is open to visitors Saturdays and Sundays from March through December. It is open Saturdays from 1 – 4 pm and Sundays from 1:30 – 4 pm.