All Aboard!: Salisbury, Spencer, and Gold Hill Professional Review and Guide
"Travel west to Greensboro and then south for a straight shot into Salisbury. Elizabeth Dole was born here, as was the burgundy-red, bubbly cherry concoction known as Cheerwine, first formulated in 1917 in the basement of L. D. Peeler’s wholesale grocery store. The town of Spencer, just 2 miles north of Salisbury, was once the site of the largest steam locomotive servicing station operated by Southern Railway.
Built in 1896 and now known as the North Carolina Transportation Museum, the site presents exhibits on the development of various modes of transport. Here you can see an old roundhouse and ride a steam locomotive. Complete your day trip by heading to the site of the richest gold mining property east of the Mississippi in the aptly named town of Gold Hill. Once a thriving, rough and rowdy mining town in the eastern part of Rowan County, Gold Hill is now a quaint, restored “Western primitive” village of homes and stores. This eTrail from the DayTrips series describes many fascinating, exciting, (and many free of charge) things to do, most within a two-hour drive of Raleigh-Durham. Each Day Trip includes, destination highlights, places to visit along the way, choice restaurants and lodging, and shopping."