An overhead view of historic downtown Salisbury during Cheerwine Festival


The County of Rowan was established in 1753 and the deed for Salisbury is dated February 11, 1755. At that time, the area contained a bustling little village of seven or eight log cabins, a courthouse, jail and pillory.

Two years before the national Declaration of Independence, a group of patriotic citizens of Rowan County, serving as a Committee of Safety adopted the Rowan Resolves on August 8, 1774 containing the pioneer element toward liberty and independence from Britain. These resolves reached the highest note of any passed in the colony in calling for the abolishment of the African slave trade and urging the colonies to "unite in an indissoluble union and association".

Notably, Daniel Boone began his exploration of the Blue Ridge Mountains from here in Salisbury. Near the present-day Salisbury library is the small office where Andrew Jackson studied law and was admitted to the bar before he moved westward.


Salisbury was one of the first cities in North Carolina to adopt electricity at the turn of the century.

The city continued this history of innovation by installing a 100% fiber-optic telecommunications network across the entire city, after the big cable companies turned down requests to provide high-speed Internet to residents.

Now, all Salisbury residents can enjoy high-speed internet, television and digital telephone services. A referendum in 2018 approved a Public/Private partnership with HotWire Communications for the lease of the telecommunications network.

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Man uploading picture of beer during Cheerwine Festival