Downtown Greensboro has the advantage of economic opportunity without the commute. The region offers employment opportunities in professional services, financial services, government and manufacturing. In recent years, professional services and government have been the fastest growing sectors.
Notable landmarks in Downtown Greensboro include the Blandwood Mansion and Carriage House and the Greensboro Historical Museum. The Blandwood Mansion is the former home of John Motley Morehead, who was North Carolina’s governor between 1841 and 1845. The now-restored home was originally constructed as a clapboard farmhouse but later converted to into an Italianate style villa. The home is on the National Register of Historic Places and is a designated National Historic Landmark. Operated as a house museum, the building and grounds are open for tours.
The Greensboro Historical Museum features a collection of exhibits detailing the settlement and development of the city. Important historic topics include famous Greensboro personalities like O. Henry and Lady Dolley Madison, the city’s role in the Civil Rights Movement, and life in 18th century Greensboro. The museum gift shop offers toys, antique replicas and other memorabilia.
Downtown’s popular recreation venues are First Horizon Park, City Center Park and the Greensboro Cultural Center at Festival Park. First Horizon Park is the home field of the Greensboro Grasshoppers, a professional baseball team competing in the South Atlantic League. The community celebrated the 2005 opening of First Horizon Park with an exhibition game between the Grasshoppers and its parent team, the Florida Marlins. City Center Park is an urban park retreat known for the sculptures and fountains that decorate the grounds. The park is located just across the street from Greensboro’s Cultural Center at Festival Park, which houses art galleries, rehearsal halls and several arts organizations.
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