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.…

Walking Tour of Greensboro College Campus

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…

Walking Tour of the Bennett College Campus

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…

Walking Tour of Grimsley High School Campus

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…

Walking Tour of UNCG Campus

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…

Walking Tour of Lindley Park

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.…

Walking Tour of Sunset Hills

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…

Walking Tour of Westerwood

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.…