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Born and raised in Northern England, Andrew and Mary Walker met in college, and followed careers in engineering and teaching respectively. Their work took them to four continents in the 1980s, before a permanent move "across the pond" to the USA in 1991.
They raised their family in Pittsburgh, PA, where Andrew ran a large geotechnical engineering company and Mary worked in early childhood education. They became U.S. citizens in 2003. After retirement in 2012, they set out to find a small town with a strong sense of community to settle in, and where they would not be required to shovel snow from their driveway! They knew they wanted to live in North Carolina after many summertime visits to this beautiful Southern state.
During their visit to Salisbury in March 2013, they visited several historical homes and saw the Stokes-Snider home on North Fulton Street for the first time. Built in 1919 in the Colonial Revival style by Dr. J Edgar Stokes, a prominent physician and surgeon, and home for nearly 60 years to the beloved Snider family, the home had been bequeathed to the Historic Salisbury Foundation.