Guilford at 250: The Town of Jamestown

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,…

Guilford at 250: Civil Rights Era Touchstones

Greensboro’s Civil Rights history is unparalleled in North Carolina. With keystone institutions such as NCA&T, Bennett College, and Dudley High School, Greensboro has (at times) been a national leader in Civil Rights. According to historian William H. Chafe, “In some ways Greensboro simply exemplified national trends; in others, it helped to create them, particularly with…

Guilford at 250: Our Rich Heritage

Guilford County celebrates its 250th birthday in 2021! Established on April 1, 1771, Guilford was named for an English Earl with royal connections, but the county was formed to segregate early settlers who did not welcome royal rules. To celebrate Old Guilford’s semiquincentennial, Preservation Greensboro will hold a series of monthly lectures on Zoom to…

The Secrets of the Southside Neighborhoods

If you haven’t visited Southside and South Elm Street – south of the railroad tracks – in a few years, my how things have changed. Once the redheaded stepchild of downtown Greensboro, South Elm and Southside are now the envy of cities across the region as historic architecture and walkable streets are coupled with hipster…

South Elm Building with Interesting History is Designated

On October 15th 2019, the Greensboro City Council designated the Groome-Shevel Building at 532-534 South Elm Street a Guilford County Landmark property. Landmark designation means the community recognizes the property is worthy of preservation because of its special significance in local history. Any substantial changes in design, materials, and appearance to the property is subject…

Historic Summit Avenue Neighborhood

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…

Old Greensborough Walking Tour

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…

College Hill Walking Tour

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…

Fisher Park Walking Tour

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.…