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Downtown Tours

2018 Salisbury Sculpture Show

Twenty-three sculptures by artists from across the Eastern United States now have temporary homes in downtown Salisbury, at local colleges, and around Rowan County.

Carefully selected from an open application process, the works represent a wide range of sculptural styles and materials. Each sculpture is placed to best complement the piece and its setting. The first stop on your tour is the Visitor's Center at 204 East Innes Street where you may pick up a brochure and begin your walking tour of the sixteen new sculptures within historic downtown Salisbury. Brochures are also available at Rowan Public Library, the Rowan Museum, Waterworks Visual Arts Center and at local restaurants and galleries.

The 2018 Salisbury Sculpture Show is divided into three sections. Our downtown sculpture show has been ongoing for the last years. Our local colleges started featuring sculptures six years ago, and this year is the first year of "Arts & Agriculture", which is based in rural locations throughout Rowan County, in partnership with the Rowan County Tourism Development Authority.

Enjoy a free mobile audio guide using your phone! The Otocast app is used around the county for public art, historic sites, murals, landmarks, architecture, monuments, and other points-of-interest.

All sculptures are for purchase. To see if a sculpture is still available please send inquires to anels@salisburync.gov.

Heritage Tour

Walking through historic Salisbury is one of the best ways to experience the community as it was during its colorful past.

The Salisbury Heritage Tour will take you through two of the city's ten historic districts. The tour begins and ends at the Visitor's Center, covers 27 blocks (approximately 2 miles) and takes about an hour and a half at a leisurely pace to do the entire tour. The route is marked on the map inside the brochure.

Within the brochure, you can view many of the varied sites of historical and architectural significance that make Salisbury a special and unique place. The sites described in this brochure are only a sampling of the many interesting historic homes and buildings in Rowan County. The serious students of history and/or architecture might enjoy referring to the books listed in the brochure.

Please remember that many of these sites are private homes and offices. The building interior and surrounding grounds are not ordinarily open to public tour. Those that are open to the public on a regular basis are indicated by an asterisk (*). Please ask our Visitor Information Specialist at the Visitor's Center for days and hours of operation.

We hope that you find the tour pleasant and informative.

History and Art Trail

Salisbury has a story to tell.

Downtown Salisbury, Inc., and the Salisbury Community Appearance Commission want to celebrate the city's rich and diverse history with residents and visitors. They envision bringing the history to the streets where anyone can experience the people, events, and stories of Salisbury’s past. They also recognize the strong relationship between a community's support of the arts and its economic vitality. A history and art trail is a natural fit for sharing Salisbury’s story within its historic downtown setting.

The long-range plan for the History and Art Trail is two-fold. First: A series of markers that incorporates both history and art is installed on downtown sidewalks and buildings in locations appropriate to the events. The markers are organized into five broad historic eras. Second: a series of larger public art installations are being installed to complement historic and contemporary settings.

The best place to start the journey is at the Rowan County Tourism and Development Authority, 204 East Innes Street, where you may gather more information on the city and the History and Art Trail. However, the Trail is also designed to be experiences at any point along the way.

Enjoy the journey, and please return as we continue to forge our Trail.