Rowan County, NC


About the county

Rowan County was founded back in 1753 and named after Matthew Rowan, the acting governor of North Carolina from 1753-1754.

The first Europeans to enter what is now Rowan County, came with the Spanish expedition of Juan Pardo in 1567.

Originally, Rowan County was a vast territory with an indefinite western boundary.

Today it is one of the best family vacation destinations.

In the heart of the Piedmont

Rowan County in located in the Piedmont region of North Carolina. Other counties like Davidson, Davie, Cabarrus, Stanly and Iredell, all border the county of Rowan.

There are 5 members on the Board of Commissioners and the county manager is Gary Page.

Visit Rowan County

Rowan County is full of things to do. If you plan to visit, they have an African American Heritage trail you can check out. You can also visit the Confederate prison site, Historic National Cemetery or Dr. Joseph's Hall House.


Salisbury is a city in and the county seat of Rowan County, North Carolina. Salisbury has developed a strong record of historic preservation over the last few decades. It is the site of a noted prisoner of war camp during the American Civil War and has ten National Register historic districts. Downtown Salisbury provides an array of unique shops, antique stores, and cultural attractions.