Cartner will head OctoberTour 2013; Misner, vice chair

  • Posted: Tuesday, February 26, 2013 12:09 a.m.
Fran Misner
Fran Misner

SALISBURY — Historic Salisbury Foundation has announced that Lisa Cartner will chair this year’s 38th Annual OctoberTour, to be held Oct. 12-13.

“Lisa has shown a strong commitment to historic preservation in our community and has been an active member and volunteer for the foundation,” the foundation said in a press release.


Cartner is an Andrew Jackson Society member of Historic Salisbury Foundation and also serves on the foundation’s real estate committee. She has been an active volunteer for OctoberTour for many years helping to guide marketing efforts for the tour.

Aside from her leadership efforts at the foundation, Cartner has served on the City of Salisbury’s Historic Preservation Commission since 2012. She is an avid old-house lover and owns several historic residences in the city. Most recently, she purchased and repainted the three Shaver Rental Houses located in the Shaver Rental Houses Historic District and resides in the Ellis Street Graded School Historic District.

Cartner earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Virginia Tech and over the last 25 years has worked in the fields of accounting, human resources and project management. She holds Certified Public Accounting (CPA) and Professional Human Resource (PHR) certifications and is currently employed as a system consultant for Ultimate Software, a cloud-based provider of human resource and payroll software.

In 2012 she was the president of the Rowan County chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management.

In her spare time Cartner enjoys contributing time to the community, traveling, reading and spending time with her grandchildren.

Cartner said, “I look forward to combining the knowledge I have gained during my career with my enthusiasm for historic preservation to make this another successful OctoberTour, with a focus on attracting visitors to our great downtown, but also offering a weekend of fun and education for the residents of Salisbury and Rowan County.”

Joining Cartner as vice chair of this year’s OctoberTour is new Salisbury resident, Fran Misner.

Misner is a native of Valdosta, Ga., and completed an undergraduate degree in exercise and sport sciences from University of Georgia.

Misner also holds a master’s degree in physical therapy from Medical College of Georgia. She is married to Dr. Gavin Misner, who is a general surgeon with Salisbury Surgical Associates.

The couple have a daughter and live in the West Square Historic District.

Salisbury was one of three potential locations they toured when looking to move from Johnson City, Tenn., where Gavin completed his residency.

Fran Misner said, “We both fell in love with Salisbury’s charm from our first interview at the hospital. We were immediately drawn to the historic district and excited to learn of a beautiful home that was for sale.”

Having moved to Salisbury just before last year’s OctoberTour, they had the opportunity to host several guests during the tour and were very impressed by the event.

“Salisbury has given so much to us in the short time we have lived here,” Fran Misner said. “I feel it is an honor to be able to give back in whatever capacity I am able. It gives me a sense of pride to call Salisbury our home, so I would like to do all I can to ensure continuation of the tour along with preserving the charm that made us fall in love so quickly with Salisbury.”

OctoberTour™ is one of the oldest and largest fall house tours in the South. Over the past 37 years, the tour has featured approximately 141 historic structures throughout the community, and it strives to highlight Salisbury’s historic neighborhoods.

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