History Class

Our Place In History

This course provides a factual, well-rounded and entertaining romp through the history of Rowan County and Salisbury. Participants will develop strong personal contacts as well as reference guides to encourage and enable further casual reading or serious research. The class series also makes a great gift for that person who has an interest in history and gift certificates are available.

The 2019 History Course will take place each Thursday evening for thirteen weeks, from February 7 until May 9, 6:30 or 7:00 to      8:30, with Easter week off.

Download a 2019 class schedule  




Videos to Watch

Week 2 -  A Trip Along the Great Wagon Road

Week 3 - The Struggle For Liberty Part 1: 1753-1775    The Struggle For Liberty Part 2: 1775-1791

Week 4 -  The Neysayers

Week 7 - Courage and Conflict: Rowan in the Civil War

Week 8 - Lot 19 Becomes the Rowan Public Library

Behind-the-scenes tours of six historic sites and presentations by local experts will leave all participants with a greater knowledge of the area in which we live. Classes include information on Native Americans, early pioneers, the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, and into modern times! The basic text is "Rowan County... A Brief History" by James S. Brawley. It is available at the Rowan Public Library, or on CD at the class for $10.

Make your reservation by calling 704-636-0103 or by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Newcomers (1st year in Rowan County) are $20. Members of Historic Salisbury Foundation or Rowan Museum pay $25, non-members $30 each.

Download Course Materials

All course materials either written or compiled by Doug Black, Reginald Brown, Terry Holt, and Barbara Upright

Week 1 - Time Before Rowan County (Part One)

Week 1 - Time Before Rowan County (Part Two)

Week 2 - The Great Wagon Road

Week 3 - Revolutionary War

Week 4 - 1799-1839 & Marshall Ney

Week 5 - Steele House Tour

Week 6 - 1839-1860 Social Custom & Gold Mining

Week 7 - Civil War Years

Week 8 - Stoneman's Raid

Week 9 - 1865-1900

Week 10 - Railroad History

Week 11 - Postcards, Sparks Circus, 1900-1929

Week 13 - Jim Crow and the Civil Rights

Week 14 - Salisbury Movie History - www.mikeclinesthenplaying.com