ABOUT THE TRIAD
GUILFORD COUNTY (www.co.guilford.nc.us) Visitors come to explore the rich history, diverse cultural events, and distinctive shopping in this part of the Triad. Many corporate offices are located in Guilford County. The International Home Furnishings Market in High Point attracts visitors from 50 states and more than 100 countries. It is the largest event of its kind in the world.
FORSYTH COUNTY (www.co.forsyth.nc.us) Forsyth County began as a Moravian settlement in 1753. The town of Salem was founded in 1766 as the central town in the area. In 1851, the town of Winston was named the county seat. Winston and Salem (www.ci.winston-salem.nc.us) eventually merged into one metropolitan area that is now the largest city in Forsyth County and the 5th largest city in the state of North Carolina. A one hour drive from Winston-Salem takes you to the breathtakingly beautiful Blue Ridge Parkway. Visiting mountain communities for spectacular leaf watching, skiing, and shopping for handcrafted artwork are just a few of the weekend activities you can enjoy. A four hour drive has you walking along some of the most pristine beaches of the Atlantic coastline. Winston-Salem is home to the nations first arts council, The Stevens Center for the Performing Arts, The North Carolina School of the Arts, numerous museums, festivals, historic parks, performing arts theatres, and the Winston-Salem Symphony. The Piedmont Triad was ranked one in the top 100 cities for high-tech growth according to "Standard and Poor's" report on U.S. Metro economies. Wake Forest University has been rated as one of the most "wired" campuses in the US. Winston-Salem has the lowest cost of living within any metro area of North Carolina. With a population of about 174,000 people, Winston-Salem has big city opportunities with a small home-town feel.
City of Greensboro
The city of Greensboro (www.greensboronc.org) is named in honor of General Nathanael Greene, a Revolutionary War hero. The city of High Point was named after the "highest point" on the North Carolina Railroad in 1859. (www.high-point.net). Greensboro and High Point have a history of education. Guilford College, founded by Quakers in the 1830's, Bennett College in 1873, UNCG in 1892 and A&T in 1893 have influenced the area's cultural and educational opportunities.
Great weather, beautiful parks and recreation areas, historic buildings, national landmarks, a superb educational community, a multitude of businesses, superlative cultural offerings, and award-winning choices for fine dining and nighttime entertainment make Greensboro the place to be in North Carolina. Add to that our diverse and friendly population and you'll see why people seek Greensboro as a place to visit often, as well as one to call home.
Greensboro is North Carolina's third largest city. The city covers more than 90 square miles. Greensboro is a progressive community offering both big city convenience and down home hospitality.
Greensboro residents are dedicated to maintaining a wonderful city in which to live. When you come here, you will have a voice in your lifestyle too. This is a great place to raise kids. Retirees love us. Our five universities contribute tremendously to our community, with wonderful cultural events for all ages. Children can develop themselves in any area of dance, music, sports or literary arts they like. Educators from all the universities, community colleges and private schools join hands to organize, perform and present some of the highest quality cultural events in the nation. Whatever your favorite art, you can enjoy it here.
City of High Point
The City of High Point born of a gold refining heritage and a 19th century Quaker Plantation, High Point offers something fun for everyone. In 1859, when High Point was named after the "highest point" on the North Carolina Railroad between Goldsboro and Charlotte, city founders knew that its central location would attract industry and commerce. Today, High Point draws visitors from 50 states and more than 100 countries for the biannual International Home Furnishings Market, the largest event of its kind in the world.
In High Point, furniture capital of the world, you can come to explore the region's rich history, distinctive cultural events, and diverse shopping selection. High Point offers more than 70 retail furniture outlets here in the Home Furnishings Capital of the World™! Discover the wonder of miniatures, as well as collectible and antique dolls at the Peterson Doll and Miniature Museum or revisit Civil War history at a local plantation. Gather a group for a picnic at a pavilion by Oak Hollow Lake. Hike with a friend along the nature trails of the Piedmont Environmental Center. Spend an afternoon at an art gallery or an evening at the theatre, concerts by the lake or festivals at the park ... throughout the year High Point invites you to share all that makes this city memorable. Come experience High Point's hospitality.
City of Winston-Salem
The City of Winston-Salem (www.cityofws.org) is the (Population: 191,000) seat of Forsyth county in the Piedmont. It is one of North Carolina's largest cities and foremost industrial centers. Historically a major tobacco manufacturer, Winston-Salem diversifed in the 1990s; its economy now relies heavily on banking, medicine, and higher education. The city also has a brewery, a large bakery, and clothing, textiles, electrical equipment, and appliance factories.
The village of Bethabara, the first Moravian settlement in North Carolina, was established nearby in 1753. In 1766 the Moravians built their central town, Salem, a few miles away, and most of the industries and residents of Bethabara moved there. Winston was established in 1849 as the county seat. The two communities were united in 1913. Moravian culture has been sustained through long-range efforts to restore the 18th-century village of Old Salem (some 40 buildings dating from 1767–1811 survive).
Winston-Salem is a pleasant city large enough to afford the pleasures of city life without the discomforts. Trees shade the sloping streets, and rose-covered fences border major highways. Many older neighborhoods have been renovated, providing comfortable housing in areas close to the Medical Center and downtown.
The city’s downtown area is also undergoing revitalization. The Stevens Center for the performing Arts and the Sawtooth Center for Visual Arts form the core of a downtown Art District that is bringing people back to the center city. And plans are underway for a restaurant/music district reminiscent of Beale Street in Memphis.
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