Sacred Places tour set for this Saturday

Sacred Places tour set for this Saturday

SALISBURY, NC (WBTV) - Historic Salisbury Foundation will host its second annual Sacred Places Tour, featuring ten historic churches, one cemetery, and a restoration in progress on Saturday March 21st, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

An introduction will be given by Kaye Hirst, Executive Director of the Rowan Museum, highlighting the first settlers and the development of Lutheranism in the area. This introduction will take place at 9:30 a.m. at Organ Lutheran Church located at 1515 Organ Church Road in Rockwell, NC.

The 2015 Sacred Places Tour will feature historic churches along Faith Road and Highway 52 including churches in Faith, Rockwell, Granite Quarry, Gold Hill, and Salisbury.

The tour will give visitors a view of the physical space as well as the stories of those who have played a role in the development of each church. All churches and cemeteries on the tour will be open for visitors between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Docents will be present to answer questions and provide more information at each church. Many churches have even prepared a little something extra for their guests to enjoy along the way.

The 2015 Sacred Places Tour supports Historic Salisbury Foundation's mission of historic education and preservation throughout Rowan County. By highlighting churches, HSF will acquaint the public with each church's rich history and the contributions religious institutions have made in the development of our community.

Tours in future years will take different routes throughout the county in order to highlight the social, economic, and architectural impact various houses of worship have made.

Advanced tickets are $10 per person. Tickets ordered online or by phone will be held under your name at 'will call' located at Organ Lutheran Church. Day of Tickets will be available at Organ Lutheran Church in Rockwell and Soldiers Memorial AME Zion Church in Salisbury for $15.

For more information regarding this tour, please call the Historic Salisbury Foundation office at 704-636-0103 and like their Facebook page to stay up to date regarding all HSF events.

Tour Sites:

Christiana Lutheran Church

6190 U.S. Hwy 52


First Baptist Church of Gold Hill

330 Baptist Church Road

Gold Hill

Gold Hill United Methodist Church

720 St. Stephens Church Road

Gold Hill

Grace Lower Stone Reformed Church

2405 Lower Stone Church Road


Michael Braun Cemetery

770 Stone House Road


Nathan Brown House

1266 South Main Street (Old U.S. 80)

Granite Quarry

Organ Lutheran Church

1515 Organ Lutheran Church Road


Shiloh Reformed Church of Faith

100 South Main Street


Soldiers Memorial AME Zion Church

306 North Church Street


St. Paul's Lutheran Church

205 St. Paul's Church Road


Ursinus United Church of Christ

116 West Main Street


Wittenberg Lutheran Church

114 West Bank Street

Granite Quarry