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Rowan County and its towns have many beautiful and historic homes. If you are curious about the history of your house, the library has the resources to help you discovery its history.
Find out if your house is registered in an historic district. Scroll through the
North Carolina Listings in the National Register of Historic Places
Historic Places are listed alphabetically by county (pg. 70 for Rowan). Listings with an http:// address have an online PDF of the nomination. Click to view the PDF. Text is searchable in all PDFs insofar as possible with scans made from old photocopies. Districts have listings of individual addresses within the PDF.
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Salisbury City Directories
Salisbury City directories can provide a great deal of information about a house and its occupants. Some of the earlier directories indicate whether a house was rented or owned, the occupation of the owner and place of employment, spouses and children. While the History Room has many of the directories they are brittle and fragile. Many of them are now available through digitization.
Sanborn maps were originally created to assist fire insurance companies to understand the risks of particular areas. Cities were mapped all over the country. North Carolina Sanborn maps are available through NCLIVE. Maps include street addresses at the time of the maps origin. Later maps will indicate changes or expansions in the city limits. Salisbury, Spencer and Kannapolis are included in North Carolina Sanborn maps.
Newspapers can also be helpful when finding information about individual houses and events at the house. Rowan Public Library has the Salisbury Post newspaper on microfilm from 1905-the present day.
Rowan Public Library History Room also has information on families. Information about a particular house may be available through information associated with a family.