Story by Diana Palka
Lovers of history have long known Salisbury to be an important place in the development of its state and nation and a community that holds historic preservation as a high priority. Once the home of the Saura, Sapona and Catawba Indians, this land was settled in the mid-1700s by Scots-Irish immigrants.
Visitors can walk through numerous historic sites to see history unfold from colonial days to the American Revolution, Civil War, advent of the railroad, textiles and beyond. Enjoy a walking tour through the historic district and downtown and quench your thirst with a bottle or can of Cheerwine as you go. Salisbury is home to this soft drink concoction called the “nectar of North Carolina,” first made in 1917.
What To Do
Salisbury is adding to its reputation as a vibrant community of the arts. Visitors will be dazzled by the 19-piece Salisbury Sculpture Show: Discover What’s Outside on display downtown and on the city’s four college campuses – Catawba College, Livingstone College, Hood Theological Seminary and Rowan- Cabarrus Community College. Each piece of art is accessible, unique and beautiful in its own way.
Salisbury is no stranger to the stage and theater resonates through the city. Piedmont Players Theatre, home to the Meroney Theater and the Norvell Theater for youth programs, invites visitors to enjoy a diverse lineup of performances this season, which includes Charlotte’s Web, Tarzan and Ain’t Misbehavin’. Plan to visit Lee Street Theatre for an Off-Broadway musical, live concert or original 10-minute play. Arrive in town on Friday night in time for downtown musical fun at Friday Nights Out.
Where To Stay
If the attractions in Salisbury prove to be too much for one day, there are numerous lovely places to lay one’s head. Across the Pond Bed & Breakfast is delightfully elegant with all the modern amenities. Turn of the Century Victorian Bed & Breakfast, a Preservation North Carolina award-winning 1905 Inn, features an inviting wrap-around porch and scrumptious full breakfast.
Where To Eat
Visitors are bound to get hungry and Salisbury won’t disappoint. Whether it’s Chef Santos, Salty Caper, Sweet Meadows Café, LaCava Restaurant or Sidewalk Deli, a delicious meal awaits. Stop by Abigail’s Cake Affair for a special treat.
Where To Shop
Not shy about its shopping, Salisbury hosts a wide variety of unique specialty shops and antique stores. Pick up a gift for a friend back home from Stitchin’ Post Gifts or something for your home at Caniche.
This article ran in the June 2015 issue of Charlotte Happenings.
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