>>>FOR MORE THAN 250 YEARS,
DOWNTOWN SALISBURY HAS BEEN CONSIDERED ONE OF THE BEST
PLACES IN NORTH CAROLINA FOR LIVING HISTORY AND CULTURAL
ATTRACTIONS. PRODUCER KEITH BLATZ TAKES US
FOR A TOUR.>>THE SMALL TOWN OF SALISBURY
HAS ALWAYS BEEN RECOGNIZED FOR ITS BEAUTY, BUT IT’S ALSO
CONSIDERED ONE OF THE BEST PLACES IN NORTH CAROLINA FOR
EXPLORING LIVING HISTORY AND CULTURAL ATTRACTIONS. DOWNTOWN SALISBURY IS A
REFLECTION OF THE PEOPLE THAT LIVE AND WORK HERE. THEY HAVE HELPED PRESERVE THE
HISTORY OF OLD SALISBURY, AND ITS RESIDENTS ARE WHAT MAKE IT A
GREAT PLACE TO SPEND THE DAY OR WEEKEND.>>SALISBURY REALLY GIVES YOU AN
AUTHENTIC LOOK AT NORTH CAROLINA. IT GIVES YOU AN EXAMPLE OF A
COMMUNITY THAT HAS PRIDE IN ITSELF, THAT HAS CREATED AN
ENVIRONMENT WHERE VISITORS CAN COME AND EXPERIENCE NOT ONLY THE
HISTORY OF SALISBURY, BUT ALSO THE EXPERIENCE OF WHAT’S
TOMORROW, WHETHER IT’S ARTS, WHETHER IT’S CULTURE, WHETHER
IT’S DOWNTOWN, RESTAURANTS, THEATERS, IT REALLY IS A
MICROCOSM OF EVERYTHING THAT MAKES NORTH CAROLINA GREAT.>>WALKING THROUGH HISTORIC
SALISBURY IS ONE OF THE BEST WAYS TO EXPERIENCE THE COMMUNITY
AS IT WAS DURING ITS COLORFUL PAST. A SELF-GUIDED BROCHURE CAN BE
PICKED UP AT THE VISITORS CENTER. THE BROCHURE WILL GUIDE YOU
THROUGH MANY OF THE HISTORICAL SITES THAT MAKE SALISBURY A
SPECIAL AND UNIQUE PLACE. ONE OF THE MOST POPULAR SITES ON
TOUR IS THE OLD SALISBURY TRAIN STATION. ITS BEAUTIFUL ARCHITECTURE WILL
CAPTURE YOUR ATTENTION IMMEDIATELY, AND YOU WILL
QUICKLY LEARN HOW VERY SIGNIFICANT THIS STATION IS FOR
THE TOWN OF SALISBURY.>>OUR SALISBURY DEPOT IS QUITE
AN ICON HERE IN OUR COMMUNITY. SALISBURY WAS, UM, ONE OF THE
FIRST TOWNS TO HAVE GAS PRIOR TO THE CIVIL WAR HERE IN NORTH
CAROLINA AND ALSO TO HAVE THE RAILROAD PRIOR TO THE CIVIL WAR. ONE OF THE REASONS THE
CONFEDERATE PRISON WAS ESTABLISHED HERE WAS BECAUSE
THERE WAS A RAILROAD HERE, AND SO THAT PRISONERS COULD BE
BROUGHT IN AND MOVED AND TRANSPORTED AND SUPPLIES FOR THE
CONFEDERATE ARMY COULD BE BROUGHT THROUGH. AND FOR TRANSPORTATION, WOW!>>WHAT MAKES SALISBURY SO
CHARMING IS THE PRESERVATION OF ITS OLD-TOWN FEEL. THE TOWN HAS GONE TO GREAT
LENGTHS TO HELP PRESERVE ITS HISTORY. THIS IS EASY TO SEE IN THE
DOWNTOWN ARCHITECTURE, WHICH TOUTS A MIX OF OLD AND NEW. A GREAT PLACE TO EXPERIENCE THE
FULL HISTORY AND PRESERVATION OF SALISBURY IS IN A ROWAN MUSEUM.>>WELL, THIS MUSEUM IS
DEDICATED TO THE PRESERVATION OF OUR LOCAL HISTORY HERE. EDUCATION IS VERY INTEGRAL IN
THAT. THE ROOM THAT WE’RE STANDING IN
RIGHT NOW IS THE COMMERCE ROOM, AND WHEN YOU LOOK AROUND THIS
ROOM, YOU SEE LOTS OF THINGS RELATED TO ADVERTISING AND TO
THE SPECIFIC BUSINESSES THAT MADE THIS COMMUNITY WHAT IT IS. YOU KNOW, ONE OF OUR LARGEST
ARTIFACTS IN THIS BUILDING IS THE WAGON, AND THE WAGON, OF
COURSE, IS WHAT SHOWS WHAT PEOPLE RODE IN DOWN THAT GREAT
WAGON ROAD, HOW THEY PACKED UP AND BROUGHT EVERYTHING. AND SO YOUNGSTERS AND OLDSTERS
ALIKE CAN SEE HOW THIS COMMUNITY WAS ESTABLISHED.>>THE CROSSROADS OF HISTORY IS
A PHRASE SALISBURY USES TO DESCRIBE ITSELF. THIS MIGHT BE BEST ILLUSTRATED
IN A MURAL THAT THE TOWN HAS COMMISSIONED WHICH DEPICTS A
STREET SCENE IN SALISBURY AS IT WOULD HAVE LOOKED IN THE 1800s. LOCATED ON THE BACK SIDE OF THE
WELLS FARGO BUILDING, IT’S A MUST-SEE WHILE TOURING DOWNTOWN.>>WHAT IS REALLY AUTHENTIC
ABOUT SALISBURY, AND YOU CAN SEE IT COME TO LIFE IN THE MURAL IN
DOWNTOWN, YOU HAD A PROJECT WHERE THE COMMUNITY CAME
TOGETHER, COMMISSIONED AN ARTIST, AND REALLY REFLECTED
WHAT THE COMMUNITY HAS DONE FOR ITSELF, WHETHER IT’S BEEN
HISTORY, WHETHER IT’S BEEN PRESERVATION, AND THE UNIQUE
THING ABOUT THE MURAL IS, WHETHER YOU’RE A VISITOR OR A
RESIDENT IS, YOU CAN SEE SOMEONE IN THE MURAL AND ACTUALLY SEE
THEM WALKING ON THE STREET. SO IT IS — IN ESSENCE, IT IS
SALISBURY. IT IS WHAT MAKES US WHO WE ARE. IT IS WHERE YOU HAVE ARTS,
CULTURE, BUSINESS, AND EVERYONE COMING TOGETHER IN THE HISTORIC
DOWNTOWN TO REALLY GIVE BACK IN AN EFFORT THAT FOLKS CAN ENJOY
AND SEE.>>COME SPEND THE DAY OR EVEN A
LONG WEEKEND IN THE TOWN OF SALISBURY. THERE’S SO MANY SITES TO ENJOY,
YOU’LL WANT TO STAY LONGER. FROM THE RICH HISTORY TO THE
PRESERVATION OF A SMALL-TOWN FEEL, THIS IS A PLACE THAT IS,
AND ALWAYS WILL BE, UNFORGETTABLE. IN SALISBURY, FOR “NORTH
CAROLINA WEEKEND.”