Salisbury is the primary cultural center of Rowan County offering a thriving downtown district with a classic Main Street America feel. Visitors enjoy touring historic sites, viewing unique public art, discovering one-of-a-kind gifts at local shops, and dining at original restaurants. Formerly a frontier town, Salisbury has been touched by some of the greatest names and events of American history. George Washington visited the town during his southern tour in 1791. Salisbury boasts a growing arts community, four colleges and a diverse group of business professionals.