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Blandwood Mansion, Greensboro

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Historic Site Tourist Spot
Blandwood, home of former North Carolina Governor John Motley Morehead is a treasure of architectural and historical significance located in the heart of downtown Greensboro.

The original two-story farmhouse was constructed on the site in 1795, before the founding of Greensboro (1808), and was expanded in the 1820s. In 1844, nationally renowned architect Alexander Jackson Davis designed a prototype Italianate style villa for Governor Morehead, featuring a tall central tower, stucco walls, and symmetrical flanking dependencies. This addition was completed in 1846 and is considered the oldest standing example of Italianate architecture in the United States.

Blandwood was nominated to the National Register of Historic Places in 1970 and received the distinction of being named a National Historic Landmark in 1988.
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  • A nicely restored home with a pivotal role in the history of Greensboro. My guide was lovely-- she had interesting things to tell me about the mansion and its owners. The gardens were small but beauti...  more »
  • Our guide, Ryan, was very knowledgeable of the history not only of the mansion but of the area. My sisters and I have viewed other cities' older areas but none that had as much of the furnishings of t...  more »
  • Matt was our very knowledgeable tour guide. I think he said he is a Ph.D. student in history. He provided a wealth of information on the historic home itself, as well as much background information on...  more »
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  • A great budget venue to rent with. However, the carriage house does need repair. The house and museum are a short but pleasant tour!
  • Very informative tour. Interesting home for the period.
  • I liked it because I like studying history. I also like aesthetics and architecture. Random a acts of beauty.
  • Great venue for a wedding! Beautiful!
  • Guide was very well informed. A lot of antiques. Unique gift shop.

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