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.
Christiana Lutheran Church
6190 U.S. Hwy 52
First Baptist Church of Gold Hill
330 Baptist Church Road
Gold Hill United Methodist Church
720 St. Stephens Church Road
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)
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