North Carolina-Rowan County-October 1

North Carolina People, Places, and Things-October 1

I am the dad to five adult children. As they were growing up I attempted to remind them they were special and to implore them to learn something new. My goal was to do that daily.

In 2016 my goal is to learn something new daily on the people, places, and things that make North Carolina special. Everyday this year I am doing a post on what I have learned new.

In 1753 Rowan County was carved out of Anson County. Today it has a population of 138,000 residents and its county seat is Salisbury.  Map of Rowan County is outlined in red on map below.


Rowan County became an important political and economic center for western North Carolina during the 1800s. Salisbury, the county seat, housed the only Confederate prison in North Carolina during the Civil War, and the Gold Hill community once served as a vital mineral source during North Carolina’s gold rush.

Photo of Rowan County Courthouse which is located blocks from the square in Salisbury, NC.


Catawba College is located in Rowan, and many famous North Carolinians were born in the county.

John Ellis was governor of North Carolina, and he succeeded in securing North Carolina’s secession from the Union in 1861. Colonel Charles F. Fisher, the namesake of Fort Fisher, was born in Rowan County.

Facing Fort Fisher from the Atlantic Ocean.



Colonel Fisher’s daughter, Frances Fisher (1846-1920) or more famously known as Christian Reid, was also born in Rowan, and she is best known for penning The Land of Sky, a name now attributed to western North Carolina.


Lee S. Overman (1854-1930) was a U.S. Senator who backed President Wilson and his foreign policies that led to World War I. Augustus Leazer (1843-1905) served in the North Carolina General Assembly, and he advocated the founding of the North Carolina Agricultural and Mechanical College, the precursor of North Carolina A&T. I never knew that was A&T original name.


Elizabeth Dole, former U.S. Senator, and Theo Buerbaum, renown photographer, are two other important Rowan natives. Since losing her Senate reelection bid in 2008 Elizabeth Dole has created a foundation called the Elizabeth Dole Foundation. It’s purpose is to help caregivers of wounded warriors.

Photo of Elizabeth Dole with wounded vet and his wife.








  1. I haven’t been too far back on your blog..but are you from North Carolina? I found a reference to your blog on Terrys’ post today about Roberta Flack. It is often reported that she is from Asheville instead of Black Mountain.
    I was born and raised in Asheville.

    1. Yes I live in NC. I will go back and edit place of birth.

      1. All I can gather is that you’re either in or from “Southeastern Carolina.”

      2. I live in Robeson County, NC

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