Early Black Families Held Influential Roles in Greensboro Part Two

In Greensboro and Guilford County during the nineteenth century, the Mitchell and Dean families contributed themes of influence and agency as free people of color within the context of legalized slavery and disenfranchisement. Working from their positions within the building industry – specifically brick making and masonry — male family members found their voice through…

Guilford at 250: Our Leadership in Civil Rights

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…

The Secrets of Sunset Hills

Sunset Hills features gracious yards, stream-side parklands, shaded sidewalks, and charming architecture that are considered treasures in Greensboro. As one of our state’s great Jazz Age communities – and with designation as the largest National Register Historic District in Guilford County in 2013, Sunset Hills enjoys wide recognition. The Developer and a Vision The timeline…

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…

Old Greensborough Walking Tour – Tour Filled

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 structures overlooking South Elm Street featured 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…

College Hill Walking Tour – Tour Filled

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…

Sunset Hills Neighborhood Walking Tour (Saturday Morning)

Sunset Hill’s developer A. K. Moore pioneered use of model homes as promotional venues in addition to branding through distinctive city planning and architecture, His first model home was the “Bride’s Nest” in the Westerwood subdivision in 1920, and out of that initiative grew the Castle Charming concept house. The Castle Charming model home was born from a partnership with Morrison-Neese Furniture Company to create a furnished residence that attracted large numbers of visitors from which he could market lots.