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Blandwood Mansion, Greensboro

(4.4/5 based on 35+ reviews on the web)
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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  • This governor's mansion is very well kept and the guide explains everything about it. The facing sitting rooms for guests are particularly unique, having duplicate windows for ventilation and sliding ...  more »
  • I was treated to a private tour of Blandwood Mansion since tourists seem to be scarce in early February in this area. ( I say this because I was also alone at the more famous Reynolda in Winston-Salem...  more »
  • This home, with the main rooms built in the 18th Century, had nearly 5,400 square feet by 1846. It was the first home of Italianate architecture in the U.S. Restored to its original glory. Guide was A...  more »
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  • Guide was very well informed. A lot of antiques. Unique gift shop.
  • Great place for a variety of events. Always a great experience. Definitely suggest that it be on your list of places to consider when event planning.
  • Great story, the tour was well done!
  • I was the usher for a wedding here. The octagon building really worked out well. You can easily have wedding upstairs, food below, and then convert upstairs to dance floor before dinner is done. Men's and women's change/restrooms available downstairs.
  • very clean