ROWAN PUBLIC LIBRARY

 A Ramble Through Rowan's History

Presented by The Friends of the Rowan Public Library in collaboration with Rowan Public Library - narrated by Dr. Gary Freeze

Lot 19 Becomes the Rowan Public Library

is the segment about the little piece of land referred to as Lot 19 on the first map of Salisbury, North Carolina and how that plat passed through the hands of some of Salisbury's most important citizens, eventually became the site the Rowan Public Library sits on today. Spanning the time from 1753 when the county was founded to the present day, the video tells exciting stories and paints the portrait of the people residing on Lot 19



The NeySayers

is about local schoolteacher Peter Stuart Ney. This man, who died in 1846 and is buried in Rowan County, may be Michel Ney, Marshal of France who served under Napoleon during the French Revolutionary War and the Napoleonic Wars. It is rumored that Marshal Ney's execution in Paris was staged and that he escaped France only to seek refuge in the 'backcountry" of North Carolina. Ney taught many men and women in Rowan County and surrounding counties who became prominent local figures and leaders of their communities. The descendents of these pupils have collected artifacts concerning Ney and kept alive the memory of this extraordinary man.



A Trip Along the Great Wagon Road

follows the influx of immigrants in the early 1700's to the area that became Rowan County along the Great Wagon Road. The Great Wagon road stretched from Philadelphia to August, GA passing directly through Salisbury, NC. The crossroads of the trading path and the wagon road dictated the location of the first backcountry courthouse. Rowan County at this time was the western frontier and attracted many Scotch-Irish and German immigrants moving south to acquire cheaper lands and an opportunity to prosper for themselves and their descendants. Early families such as the Knox and Braun/Brown families exemplified their respective immigrant groups and the descendents of these early pioneers still influence the Rowan County of the 21st century



The Struggle for Liberty:1753-1775, Part I

describes the people who contributed to the emerging nation that became the United States of America and events experienced in the backcountry of North Carolina that led to the fateful separation of the colonies from Great Britain. Part 1, The Struggle for Liberty, 1753-1775, includes the French and Indian War and the Regulator Movement.



The Struggle for Liberty:1775-1791, Part II

describes the people who contributed to the emerging nation that became the United States of America and events experienced in the backcountry of North Carolina that led to the fateful separation of the colonies from Great Britain. Part II, The Struggle for Liberty:1775-1791 gives an account of the Revolutionary War in Rowan and Washington's Southern Tour.



Myths and Mysteries

is presented by The Friends of the Rowan Public Library in collaboration with the Rowan Public Library.