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March 2021

Guilford at 250: The Town of Jamestown

March 18 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Older than Greensboro and High Point, the Town of Jamestown holds deep roots in Guilford County history. The area was settled by Quakers in 1752 who established grist and saw mills along the forks of the Deep River. By the time of the arrival of the North Carolina Railroad in 1856, others settled the community, including Methodists, freedmen, enslaved, and cotton mill workers. Learn more about Guilford's oldest community as Historic Jamestown Society's Director Shawn Rogers reviews the history and…

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April 2021

Guilford at 250: Guilford Courthouse National Military Park

April 15 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Over the course of our 250 years, Guilford County witnessed three major turning points in American history: The Revolutionary War, the Civil War, and the Civil Rights Movement. Our connection with the Revolutionary War is memorialized at the Guilford Courthouse National Military Park. The conflict was the largest battle of the Southern Campaign, and it altered the British plans for regaining the southern colonies. One of the earliest examples of the preservation movement in North Carolina, the preserved battlefield provides…

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May 2021

11th Annual Tour of Historic Homes & Gardens: COLLEGE HILL!

May 15 - May 31
Virtual NC

The Tour of Historic Homes & Gardens is one of our favorite fundraising events each year, and we won't dare cancel it due to COVID-19! So, like last year...we are going virtual! The tour will go live on our website for a two-week window, from May 15th through May 31st. Tour videos include detailed 7-minute presentations of the home interiors, as well as additional content on the history and architecture of the homes and the surrounding neighborhood. This tour will…

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Guilford at 250: Our Leadership in Civil Rights

May 20 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Guilford County is unusual in North Carolina, and perhaps the American South for having a treasure trove of Black historic sites that include the acclaimed International Civil Rights Museum and Center, the Charlotte Hawkins Brown Museum at Palmer Memorial Institute, and the John Coltrane Childhood Home, as well as a significant collection of institutions such as Bennett College for Women, Penn-Griffin High School, Dudley High School, and the largest HBCU in the nation – NCA&T. Sometimes at the forefront of…

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June 2021

Walking Wednesdays Tour of College Hill – FILLED

June 2 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Coffeology, 423 Tate Street
Greensboro, NC 27401 United States
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$5

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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Walking Wednesdays Tour of Greensboro’s Modernist Downtown – SOLD OUT

June 9 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
International Civil Rights Center and Museum, 134 South Elm Street
Greensboro, NC 27401 United States
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$5

As Greensboro grew to become the second largest city in North Carolina by 1970, the city gained affluence through income from textiles, cigarettes, electronics, banking, and insurance. Wealth and prosperity led to corporate confidence which translated into progressive designs that drew from global conversations on architecture. For the decades between 1930 and 1980, Greensboro was recognized as a symbol of the New South, and the New South was illustrated by modern architecture. Preservation Greensboro’s Benjamin Briggs will lead the tour…

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Walking Wednesdays Tour of the North Carolina A&T State University Campus

June 16 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Greensboro Four, 266 University Circle
Greensboro, NC 27401 United States
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$5

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 one of only two in the state to be established under the provisions of the Morrill Land-Grant Act, and the 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…

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High Point’s Architectural Legacy

June 17 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Established among Quaker settlements in 1859 at the intersection of the Great Fayetteville and Western Plank Road and the North Carolina Railroad, High Point was destined to be a center of commerce and manufacturing from its start. Growth of the furniture industry in the 1890s and textile manufacturing in the twentieth century brought great wealth to the city by the close of World War I. By the 1920s, the city was considered a showplace for its architecture and urban design.…

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Walking Wednesdays Tour of East White Oak School

June 23 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
East White Oak School, 1801 Tenth Street
Greensboro,
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$5

The East White Oak School was constructed by the Cone family around 1916 to serve grades 1-5 for children of African American mill workers. It has been on the National Register since 1991 based on Criteria A - through associations with events that have made a significant contribution to the broad patterns of our history – specifically Black history. Interestingly, the building is owned by a small nonprofit established in 1956 to preserve the structure and today it serves low-income…

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Walking Wednesdays Tour of Westerwood – SOLD OUT

June 30 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Double Oaks, 204 North Mendenhall Street
Greensboro, NC 27401 United States
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$5

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 home of B. H. Merrimon. His home, known as The Cedars, was among Greensboro’s most exuberant Queen Anne homes. It stood until the 1960s. Property surrounding The Cedars…

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July 2021

Guilford County’s Patchwork Quilt

July 15 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

In contrast to other parts of the American South, the Carolina Piedmont was a patchwork quilt of groups of settlers who brought their denominations with them from Pennsylvania, and quickly established congregation-related settlements that resulted in distinctive communities. Settlers arriving from the 1740s onward via the Great Valley of Virginia from the mid-Atlantic area included Scotch-Irish Presbyterians, British Quakers, and Lutheran and Reformed Germans. Each faith held distinctive qualities that resulted in contributions that forged Guilford County’s culture and character.…

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August 2021

Social Equity in History Walking Tour

August 4 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
International Civil Rights Center and Museum, 134 South Elm Street
Greensboro, NC 27401 United States
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$5

For a city of its size in the American South, Greensboro has a remarkable history of social equity that spans more than 100 years. Perhaps those of tolerant Quaker and Jewish faith provided Greensboro's disenfranchised citizens with community allies. In addition, Greensboro also had a strong "youth culture" from its five colleges and universities that fueled fresh perspectives and new ideas to the South. This social equity tour will visit touchstones and turning points among Greensboro's historically marginalized communities, including…

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