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October 2018

Tour of the Preyer Federal Building

October 24, 2018 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Preyer Federal Building, 324 West Market Street
Greensboro, NC United States
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This tour has reached maximum attendance. Please contact us if you would like to be on our Waiting List! The L. Richardson Preyer Federal Courthouse, located at the intersection of West Market and North Eugene streets in downtown Greensboro, stands among the most celebrated examples of Art Deco architecture in North Carolina. The building was built as a federal post office, courthouse and office building. Construction was begun in December of 1931, and when the building was dedicated on July…

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April 2019

Walking Tour of West Market Terrace (postponed)

April 3 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
West Market Terrrace, 400 Mimosa Drive
Greensboro, NC United States
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Postponed. Announced in 1914, West Market Terrace was developed by Greensboro realtor E. Colwell Jr. Encouraged by sales in the Fisher Park neighborhood, this new subdivision included 200 building lots with amenities such as broad concrete sidewalks, and “utility lanes” behind properties to preserve streetside views. Sixty lots were sold in 14 days, but development was suspended by World War I Large-scale construction began in spring 1919, with residential styles ranging from exotic Craftsman, Spanish, and Asian bungalows to traditional…

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Walking Tour of Westerwood

April 10 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Double Oaks, 204 North Mendenhall Street
Greensboro, 27401
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Beginning with the magnificent neoclassical Double Oaks Bed & Breakfast at 204 North Mendenhall Street, this tour will weave the history of Westerwood from the late nineteenth century to the present. Built on a hill just a west of Greensboro’s village center, the area was first developed in the 1890s as the estate of B. H. Merrimon. His grand home, known as The Cedars, was among Greensboro’s most exuberant Queen Anne houses. It stood until the 1960s. Property surrounding The…

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Walking Tour of Sunset Hills

April 17 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
First Christian Church, 1900 W Market St
Greensboro, NC 27403 United States
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In 1922, developer A. K. Moore acquired a 212-acre tract of land with a unique location in Greensboro. The land was located at the western terminus of Market Street – the city’s primary east-west thoroughfare that provided direct access to the center of the city. In contrast to the man-made east-west axis of West Market Street, a park was provided as a natural north-south axis to afford recreational space in the neighborhood. To facilitate development, Moore hired architect Lorenzo S.…

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Walking Tour of Lindley Park

April 24 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Lindley Park Gates, 2700 Spring Garden Street
Greensboro, NC United States
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The location of our 2019 Tour of Historic Homes & Gardens! Quaker J. Van Lindley was renowned as an intrepid businessman. A Union veteran, he first established his reputation in the nursery business before diversifying into terra cotta pipe manufacturing and cotton-milling and taking a position as the president of Security Life and Annuity Co. Lindley donated 60 acres north of Spring Garden Street for use as a lake and amusement park. The park opened July 4, 1902 with promises…

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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 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 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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Today's weather forecast calls for a 60% chance of thunderstorms after 4pm. In order to avoid getting caught in hazardous weather, this evening's walking tour in Fisher Park has been cancelled.   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…

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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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