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City: Greensboro, NC
Counties Located In: Guilford County
Zip Codes: 27401-27410, 27455
Area Codes: 336
Square Miles: 131.8
Density: 2,000/sq. mile
Greensboro, North Carolina, chartered in 1808, celebrated its bicentennial in 2008 with great fanfare. Two hundred years ago it was a marketplace for small farmers and home industry like many small communities in that day. Its independent citizenry, composed of Ulster Scots, Germans, and Quakers, chose to name it Greene’s Borough after Nathanael Greene, the Vermont blacksmith. Greene’s army fought so valiantly in the Battle of Guilford Courthouse. The battle is considered by many to be the turning point of the Revolutionary War. Today a 150-acre military park commemorates the land where Greene fought that battle.
Among Greensboro’s famous are Dolly Madison, wife of President James Madison; William Sydney Porter (O. Henry), and Edward R. Murrow. The Greensboro Historical Museum is a repository of memorabilia of Mason, Porter and many others. The restored estate of Blandwood, the home of another influential citizen of the mid-19th century, Governor John Motley Morehead, is a popular tourist site.
Greensboro is home to UNC-Greensboro, NC A&T State University, Greensboro College, Guilford College and Bennett College plus campuses of Guilford Technical Community College. It has hosted an internationally famous PGA tournament since 1938 (originally the Greater Greensboro Open; today’s Wyndham Championship). It is also the home of the Eastern Music Festival where young musicians gather every summer to perform under the direction of master conductors.
As Greensboro evolved into North Carolina’s third largest city, changes began to occur within its traditional social structure. On February 1, 1960, four black college students from North Carolina A&T College sat down at all-white Woolworth's lunch counter, and refused to leave after they were denied service. Hundreds of others soon joined in this sit-in, which lasted several months. Such protests quickly spread across the South, ultimately leading to the desegregation of Woolworth's and other chains. The original lunch counter and stools now sit in the Smithsonian, but a museum is under development in the original building where the event took place.
Today Greensboro has grown to be part of a thriving metropolitan area called the Triad, encompassing High Point and Winston-Salem, and more than a million people. Evolving from an early 1900s textile and transportation hub, Greensboro is emerging as one of the South's up-and-coming centers for relocating businesses and is still collecting accolades for its beauty and livability. In 2004, the Department of Energy (DOE) awarded Greensboro with entry into the Clean Cities Hall of Fame.
City: Reidsville, NC
Counties Located In: Rockingham County
Zip Codes: 27320, 27323
Area Codes: 336
Area of City including lake: 16. 28 sq. miles
Centrally located within North Carolina, Reidsville offers a great escape from the hustle and bustle of nearby metros like Greensboro, Danville, and Raleigh.
Reidsville is a unique city to which everyone feels welcomed by those who call it home and to which visitors will want to return again and again. Downtown Reidsville provides alluring places to shop, a thriving food scene, lively entertainment and a variety of festive events.
There is never a shortage of outdoor activities in Reidsville. Home to two lakes, Lake Reidsville and Lake Hunt, both residents and visitors can enjoy a variety of activities such as fishing, kayaking, paddle boarding (SUP), boating, pedal boats and more. Lake Reidsville boasts a number of additional activities such as disc golf, basketball courts, soccer field, volleyball court, tennis courts and children’s learning playground.
Reidsville affords residents the convenience of being close to popular shopping and nightlife destinations such as Durham, Greensboro and Winston-Salem, without the price-tag that comes along with living in more urban areas. Reidsville provides a variety of housing options including apartments, townhomes, work/live units downtown, historic district homes, subdivisions, lakeside homes and new construction. If the cost savings alone aren't enough to consider living in Reidsville, pair them along with a lack of crowds, less traffic, and a feeling of belonging to a team of residents that are dedicated to making Reidsville the best community it can be. It’s easy to see why so many choose to call Reidsville home.