OctoberTour 2018 trying something a little different to pay tribute to Rowan’s railroad past

OctoberTour 2018 trying something a little different to pay tribute to Rowan’s railroad past
(Source: Historic Salisbury Foundation)

SALISBURY, NC (WBTV) - From Historic Salisbury Foundation: Historic Salisbury Foundation is going off the rails, so to speak, with a new twist on the traditional OctoberTour. In homage to the rail history of Rowan County and the connections between Salisbury and Spencer, OctoberTour 2018 will feature the North Carolina Transportation Museum (the historic Spencer Shops) and properties in the Town of Spencer, Salisbury’s North Main Historic District, and Downtown Salisbury.

The popular food and entertainment area, Bank Street Café, will find a new home this year at a special location in Spencer’s Library Park.

Local food, craft beer and wine, arts vendors, antique fire truck rides, trolley rides, children’s activities, live music, and artists in action will all be offered. Food and entertainment at Library Park is open to the public and does not require an OctoberTour ticket.

Historic Salisbury Station will also be featured on OctoberTour 2018. The 1908 Spanish Mission Style building designed by noted architect Frank P. Milburn will complement the Spencer Shops and give added emphasis to the impact of the railroads on the turn of the century residential development in Spencer and Salisbury.

In 1984, Historic Salisbury Foundation acquired the Station, then vacant and derelict after rail passenger service stopped in 1979. The Foundation raised funds from the local community and completed the renovation of the Station in 1993, 25 years ago. Today, the Salisbury Station receives more than 50,000 visitors a year and is notable for being a catalyst for the redevelopment of the surrounding neighborhood. It is a national landmark, listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1976. It is also recognized as one of Amtrak’s Great American Stations and has its own exhibit in the Smithsonian Museum.

With the Bell Tower Green Park under construction, day of tour ticket sales will move from the Henderson Law Office to the Station.

"We often ignore the early twentieth century as less glamorous than either the Colonial or Civil War eras. Yet, the early twentieth century had a profound impact on the form and shape of what became suburban Salisbury and its neighbor Spencer. It's time we explore this part of our community in more depth," said Executive Director Karen Hobson.

OctoberTour features historic houses of varying sizes, complexity and architectural styles, including Colonial Revival, Queen Anne, Arts and Crafts, Mission, Italian Renaissance, and Romanesque. The tour sites tell the stories of those whose lives and labors have shaped the character and the historic fabric of this community. The architecture reflects the history, literally and figuratively.

Tour hours are: Saturday (13th) open from 10:00-5:30 with the Plein Air Artist reception from 5:00-7:00 on the Spencer Library Park Lawn., and Sunday (14th) open from Noon-5:30.

Please email events@historicsalisbury.org or call our office at 704-636-0103 for more information.

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