Concord North Carolina is part of Cabarrus County and is its county seat. It was founded in 1796 and Conrcord has almost 52 square miles of land. Concord is located northeast of Charlotte first settled in 1750. The areas throughout Concord host a broad range of historic neighborhoods in three different areas. Residents take great pride in their homes, which is reflected in architectural magnitude found there. Within these neighborhoods, on three beautifully maintained acres, is the impressive Memorial Garden, that meanders into the cemetery belonging to the First Presbyterian Church which is over 200 years old. The Memorial Garden and historic neighborhoods are within a comfortable walking distance of exciting downtown Concord. Concord offers its residents an aquatics center for open swimming. For those who are health conscience there is the sports center with a total fitness model where every effort is made to afford a professional environment for its members. The center provides facilities for tennis, racquetball, basketball, and personal training. The center also provides for indoor and outdoor swimming. NASCAR has a research and development office at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Concord. Along with the speedway, Bruton Smith opened a drag strip neighboring the famous NASCAR racetrack. Concord is also the home for various professional race teams, which include Chip Ganassi Racing and Hendrick Motorsports. For the outdoor enthusiast scenic Lake Fisher has 534 acres with three miles of shoreline. The lake is used by locals for water sports, fishing, and family outings, which can include walking or riding the trails through the park. For the golfer Concord has an 18-hole championship golf course, the Rocky River Golf Club. Another place of interest in the area is the Reed Gold Mine a National Historic Landmark listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The mine is open to the public and visitors can go into several hundred feet of reconstructed tunnels in the original mine. The museum has a huge exhibit of North Carolina gold mining.