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June 2021

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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Dunleath (Summit Avenue) Walking Tour

August 18 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Swann Middle School, 811 Cypress Street
Greensboro, NC 27401 United States
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$5

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 cotton and denim mills and the city center. Named “Summit Avenue” for its destination to the crossroads community of Brown Summit, the avenue was quickly lined with grand houses with Queen Anne, Romanesque, Neoclassical, and Colonial Revival…

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Building Greensboro – Foundations of Our Mid-Century Modern History

August 19 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Over the past five years, a new storyline has emerged in Greensboro that is associated with Black builders, artists, and architects. In spite of systemic disenfranchisement typical of the mid-twentieth century, Black residents of East Greensboro expressed optimism through progressive architectural styles for mid-century modern style buildings. These middle- and high-income Black families served as patrons who commissioned young and innovative Black architects, many associated with nearby North Carolina A&T State University, to design advanced compositions that serve as a…

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Revolution Mill and Mill House Walking Tour

August 25 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Docks at Revolution Mill, 2005 Yanceyville Street
Greensboro, NC United States
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$5

The Revolution Mill complex represents an important chapter in the development of Greensboro as one of the largest cities in North Carolina. The mill was a keystone of brothers Moses and Ceasar Cone’s textile empire, established in Greensboro after observing opportunity in the rapid expansion of the southern textile industry. Revolution Mill was named for the “revolutionary” idea of manufacturing flannel here in the American South. Today, the massive Revolution Mill complex is in the process of an extensive restoration…

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September 2021

The Monuments at Guilford Courthouse National Military Park

September 1 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
$5

Recognition of the 1781 Guilford Courthouse battle site was initiated in 1886, and resulted in the formation of the Guilford Battle Ground Company (est. 1887) that would protect and commemorate the grounds with monuments and memorials. The first monument was erected in 1887 and between 20 and 30 monuments were erected and dedicated to patriots and politicians through 1910. By 1917, when the park was recognized as the Guilford Courthouse National Military Park, the first preserving a site of the…

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Guilford County’s Early Textile History

September 16 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Guilford County has long been recognized for its industrial heritage, but did you know that some historians trace North Carolina’s industrial awakening to one early Guilford resident? From Greensboro, the seeds of North Carolina’s textile history in the Carolina Piedmont were sewn. Few industries had an impact on our cultural landscape – both in Guilford County and other counties – as the textile industry. Learn more about the role Guilford County held in launching North Carolina’s industrial revolution, and discover…

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October 2021

The Architecture of Pittsburgh

October 7 @ 8:00 am - October 10 @ 5:00 pm
Blandwood Mansion, 447 West Washington Street
Greensboro, NC 27401 United States
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Pittsburgh is a legacy city, a center point of America's Industrial Revolution, and the center of steel, aluminum, glass, oil, and electric industries. The wealth and prosperity of the period resulted in architecture that is exemplary and irreplaceable. Join us in Pittsburgh with our partners at Studio Traveler for our 9th architectural excursion. Additional sites include the Warhol Museum, Phipps Conservatory, and the Carnegie Art Museum, An optional Sunday excursion will explore Frank Lloyd Wright's National Historic Landmark: Fallingwater! Includes…

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Ghost Stories October 15th 2021

October 15 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Blandwood Mansion, 447 West Washington Street
Greensboro, NC 27401 United States
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$5

A Halloween tradition of Ghost Stories continues this October at Blandwood Mansion! Located in downtown Greensboro, Blandwood has stood for more than 170 years and has witnessed the passage of time, historic events, and the lives of its occupants. Our special friend and storyteller Cynthia Moore Brown will weave her 17th season of magic with spine-tingling stories, historic legends and fanciful tales about North Carolina. The event starts at 6:30. Guests will be charged $5 each. Seating is available on…

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Victorian Halloween-October 22nd, 2021

October 22 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Blandwood Mansion, 447 West Washington Street
Greensboro, NC 27401 United States
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$15

The Victorians were always open for a ghostly guest or a spiritual sensation...and Blandwood is Greensboro's grandest Victorian house! You will be guided by a ghoul from room to room as you listen to literary readings of supernatural stories. Victorian authors including Edgar Allen Poe, Dora Sigerson Shorter, Bram Stoker, H. G. Wells, and an anonymous Greensboro writer of 1873 will be showcased in this celebration of literature and theatrical arts! Our Victorian Halloween will be held on October 22nd…

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