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May 2019

Walking Tour of North Carolina A&T State University Campus

May 1 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
A&T Campus, 266 University Circle
Greensboro, NC United States
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NEW TOUR! North Carolina A&T State University is the largest historically black college or university in the United States. Founded by the North Carolina General Assembly in 1891, it is the state’s second college established under the provisions of the Morrill Land-Grant Acts, and the state’s first for people of color. It is a leader in education and Civil Rights, including its four students, known as the Greensboro Four, who initiated peaceful sit-ins at the Woolworth’s Counter to end segregation.…

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Walking Tour of UNCG Campus

May 8 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Vacc Bell Tower, 1100 Spring Garden Street
Greensboro, NC United States
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The University of North Carolina at Greensboro was established in 1891, and the city of Greensboro was selected in a competitive bidding process with other cities including Durham, Graham, Thomasville and Marion. The city won the bid after its citizens approved $30,000 in bonds for its first buildings and R.S. Pullen and R.T. Gray gave land for the 10-acre campus. The Woman’s Normal School opened in 1892 with 198 students, 15 faculty, and three departments: commercial, domestic science, and pedagogy…

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Walking Tour of Grimsley High School Campus

May 15 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Grimsley High School, 801 Josephine Boyd Street
Greensboro, NC United States
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NEW TOUR! When it opened in 1929, on Westover Terrace, the Greensboro Senior High School was heralded as the city's $1,000,000 high school. Built at the culmination of a wave of school construction across the city that represented community commitment to education, the new high school was the most expensive asset in the city's school building program of the late 1920s. In 1962, after the expanding city constructed additional high schools, the school's name was changed to Grimsley to memorialize…

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Walking Tour of the Bennett College Campus

May 22 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Bennett College, 900 East Washington Street
Greensboro, NC United States
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NEW TOUR! Since its establishment as a primary and secondary school in 1873, Bennett College has been one of Greensboro's most significant black institutions. During the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, it was one of the few schools in the city that provided education beyond the primary grades for black children. Following a major reorganization in 1926, it phased out its coeducational secondary school program and became a four-year women’s college. It remains one of only two black women's…

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Walking Tour of Greensboro College Campus

May 29 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Greensboro College, 815 West Market Street
Greensboro, NC United States
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NEW TOUR! The initial settlement of College Hill was centered around Greensboro Female College. In 1837 the trustees of the fledgling school purchased 211 acres of land south of Market and west of Cedar streets, and forty acres were reserved for the campus, the remainder to be sold to cover the costs of acquiring the entire tract. In 1838, following action by the state legislature, the Greensboro Female College (since 1920 Greensboro College) became the first chartered women's college in…

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June 2019

Fisher Park Walking Tour

June 5 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
(Old) Temple Emanuel, 713 North Greene Street
Greensboro, NC 27401 United States
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Fisher Park was the first Greensboro suburb planned and developed around a park and one of the earliest park suburbs in North Carolina. British Army Captain Basil J. Fisher re-imaged a swamp and garbage dump into Greensboro’s most fashionable Gilded Era address in 1901 when he donated the lowlands for the city’s first park that still bears his name. Residents took full advantage of ample lots overlooking the new park by commissioning the city’s best architects to design sometimes palatial homes. Today, the neighborhood…

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College Hill Walking Tour

June 12 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Coffeology, 423 Tate Street
Greensboro, NC 27401 United States
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College Hill has the distinction of being Greensboro’s best-preserved nineteenth century neighborhood. The narrow streets lined with Queen Anne cottages and charming bungalows are enhanced by offbeat boutiques and eateries that cater to a hipster clientele from nearby colleges. Packed with history and centrally located, College Hill blends quaint architecture with amenities to create one of North Carolina’s most energetic urbane neighborhoods. The hill and its convenient location proved a popular choice for Greensboro’s Victorian-era middle class who sought to…

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Old Greensborough Walking Tour

June 19 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Cascade Saloon, 408-410 South Elm Street
Greensboro, NC 27401 United States
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South of the railroad tracks are a variety of shops, galleries, and restaurants that were constructed beginning in the 1870s by Joseph Shields. Named Shieldstown, the street around South Elm Street were lined with brick storefronts sporting ornate iron- and stone-trimmed facades, and elaborate cornices. Today, the neighborhood and adjacent areas are a vibrant mixed-use neighborhood that feature landmark Victorian-Era homes and Neo-Traditional urban design. This is one of many tours across the city, now in its 15th season. The walking…

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Historic Summit Avenue Neighborhood

June 26 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Swann Middle School, 811 Cypress Street
Greensboro, NC 27401 United States
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Traces of nineteenth-century history linger on the edges of the Summit Avenue neighborhood (recently renamed Dunleath), but the greatest architectural legacy dates from the early twentieth-century. In 1898, industrialist siblings Ceasar and Moses Cone constructed a “magnificent boulevard” to ease transportation between their mills and the city center. Named “Summit Avenue” for its destination to the crossroads community of Brown Summit, the avenue was quickly occupied with grand homes with Queen Anne, Romanesque, Neoclassical, and Colonial Revival details. Side streets branded…

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