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Blandwood Mansion, Greensboro

Blandwood Mansion, Greensboro (must see)

Blandwood Mansion, originally built as a four room Federal style farmhouse in 1795, is the restored home of two-term North Carolina governor John Motley Morehead. Blandwood is the oldest building on original foundations in the city of Greensboro. Originally located within a rural context, it is a remarkable survivor of urban development as the city grew around the house. Its primary national significance is its role as the earliest identified Tuscan Villa in the United States (1844).

Architect A. J. Davis designed the building to resemble villas of Tuscany (though he never visited Italy) using wide overhanging eaves, low rooflines,casement windows, stucco-on-brick veneer, and most notably the tall prospect tower which dominated the facade. Davis adaptively reused the existing free-standing kitchen by expanding its size and matching it with a nearly identical building on the other side of the house, creating freestanding hyphen wings with arcades. The building is also a rare example of grand antebellum architecture in the Piedmont section of North Carolina - a territory characterized by small farms and a relatively small enslaved population.

The building was purchased reserved by Preservation Greensboro Incorporated, a citywide non-profit organization dedicated to historic preservation in 1966 as a museum. The nonprofit initiated a program of restoration, including paint analysis, archaeological investigation, a furnishings plan, reconstruction of dependencies, and restoration of surrounding gardens. Many items original to the house were returned by members of the Morehead family in the 1960s and 1970s. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1970, and recognized as a National Historic Landmark in 1988. The house is recognized by architectural historians as the "Embodiment of the antebellum 'spirit of improvement,'" in North Carolina, and the "most important building in Greensboro."
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Sight Name: Blandwood Mansion
Sight Location: Greensboro, USA
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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Walking Tours in Greensboro, North Carolina

Create Your Own Walk in Greensboro

Create Your Own Walk in Greensboro

Creating your own self-guided walk in Greensboro is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Greensboro Museums and Galleries Tour

Greensboro Museums and Galleries Tour

Greensboro, established in 1808, has witnessed much history, which is reflected in the city’s museums. Greensboro boasts numerous art galleries displaying the works of prominent local artists, including watercolor, oil painting, sculpture, graphics, etchings and more. If you want to become better acquainted with the cultural life and history of Greensboro, visit its fabulous museums and...  view more

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.0 Km or 1.9 Miles
Greensboro Downtown Statues and Monuments Walk

Greensboro Downtown Statues and Monuments Walk

Greensboro is where the American Civil Rights Movement began, something immortalized in the city’s numerous monuments and statues. Greensboro is also where famous writer O. Henry was born. In this city you will find additional public artwork, sculptures and monuments to distinguished American figures. Take the following tour to discover the most fascinating statues and monuments Greensboro has...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 Km or 1.7 Miles
Greensboro Coffee Cups Collaborative Walk

Greensboro Coffee Cups Collaborative Walk

On February 1, 1960 the sit-in movement began. This historic event was commemorated by the creation of eight bronze coffee cups. Installed throughout downtown Greensboro and dedicated on the 50th anniversary of the inspired event when four African American students were refused service when ordering coffee, each bronze sculpture is placed on a stone pedestal, featuring the quote of an outstanding...  view more

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.9 Km or 1.2 Miles
Greensboro Cultural Venues Tour

Greensboro Cultural Venues Tour

Greensboro contains many cultural venues exhibiting local art, crafts, music and theater performances, which are highly appreciated by residents and visitors. You will find unique collections in its galleries and museums, as well as major cultural events in its arenas. Take the following tour to better acquaint yourself with the cultural life of Greensboro.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.0 Km or 1.9 Miles
Greensboro Architecture Tour

Greensboro Architecture Tour

The architectural styles of Greensboro’s buildings include Romanesque, Neoclassical, Gothic, Colonial Revival, Modernist and Post-Modern designs. Many of them date back to the last two centuries and a number of them are included in the National Register of Historic Places. Take the following tour to discover Greensboro’s architectural treasures.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.3 Km or 2.7 Miles
Greensboro Introduction Walk

Greensboro Introduction Walk

Greensboro contains many cultural venues exhibiting local art, crafts, music and theater performances, numerous art galleries and museums, religious buildings. Take the following tour to better acquaint yourself with the best attractions of Greensboro.

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.6 Km or 3.5 Miles