Activities and Events
Scheduled Activities Calendar
Blandwood Mansion Tour Hours
Blandwood Museum Shop Hours
April 6 Special Collector's Tour
April 20 Easter Sunday - PGI offices and Blandwood are closed
May 3 The Secrets of Westerwood
May 15 Tour of Historic Homes and Gardens Patrons Party
May 17-18 Tour of Historic Homes and Gardens: Westerwood
May 22 Keeping the "Green" in Greensboro: Discussion with Mayor Vaughan on Sustainable Design
May 26 Memorial Day - PGI offices and Blandwood are closed
June 1 MUSEP at Blandwood
June 5-8 Collector's Tour Washington DC
September MUSEUM DAY LIVE
October Ghost Stories at Blandwood
November 13-30 Christmas at Blandwood
November 27 Thanksgiving - PGI offices and Blandwood are closed
December 1-31 Christmas at Blandwood
December 4 PGI Leadership Member's Holiday Party
December 24 - 25 Christmas - PGI offices and Blandwood are closed
2015 EVENTS Calendar
January 1-7 Blandwood closed
February 10 Preservation Greensboro Annual Meeting
300 Bellemeade St.
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Shopping for Restoration Materials
The Architectural Salvage of Greensboro retail showroom of vintage building supplies is open to the public each Friday, 10 am-6 pm; as well as each Saturday, 9:00 am-3:00 pm.
Do you like to get your hands dirty and help recycle old house parts? Opportunities to assist in the preparation of building materials for resale occur the Tuesday evening (usually starting at 5:30) before the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month. Wear work clothes and enjoy the camaraderie of other old house enthusiasts! Work sessions are held in the retail showroom at 300 Bellemeade Street, and involve pulling nails, cleaning, and organizing materials.
2014 Work Session Dates: (All Tuesdays) January 14, 28; February 11, 25; March 11; April 1, 15, 29; May 13; June 3, 17; July 1, 15, 29; August 12; September 2, 16, 30; October 14, 28; November 11; December 9.
447 West Washington Street
Open during regular museum hours: Tuesday through Saturday 11am - 4pm; Sunday 2pm- 5pm; at the end of each tour and by appointment.
Sunday, April 6, 4:00pm
$125/person and $250/couple
Dr. Thomas H Sears Jr and his wife Sara, attended their first auction in 1970 and their first educational seminar at the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts in Old Salem in 1973. In 1977 they saved the interior of the Frances K Simpson house(circa 1815) in Northeastern Guilford county which had been vacant for 30 years . These architectural elements were incorporated into their version of the John Vogler house (circa 1819) from Old Salem. They then studied and collected items appropriate to the period and region of their home. Since that time they have been deeply involved in historic preservation/restoration and the history of the people who built and used these items, realizing that they are simply caretakers at this point in time.
The couple have generously agreed to open their home for a special tour of their private collection, and share their insights on collecting period decorative arts and incorporating them into daily life. This opportunity is limited to just 14 guests. Proceeds will go to benefit Preservation Greensboro and Blandwood Mansion. No photography is allowed.
For more information on this exclusive event, contact staff at 336-272-5003, or by email.
Thursday, April 10
Thirty five years after his seminal research on the history of Blandwood, Dr. Bushong remains the definitive historian of our flagship museum. Now with the White House Historical Association, Dr Bushong will speak about the significance of Governor Morehead’s Blandwood. He presently serves as Vice President of Research and Digital Media and Director of the David M. Rubenstein Center for White House History, White House Historical Association.
William B. Bushong received BA and MA history degrees from North Carolina State University and Appalachian State University before completing his doctoral studies in American Civilization at the George Washington University in 1988. Blandwood was his first research study as a consultant out of ASU graduate school in 1979. He has worked as a historian with the National Park Service and as an independent author and historic preservation planner. His projects included a cultural resource history of Rock Creek Park, an exhibition on contemporary federal design at the National Building Museum, and numerous publications, including North Carolina's Executive Mansion: The First 100 Years (1991), Uncle Sam's Architects: Builders of the Capitol (1994), and an annotated edition of Glenn Brown's History of the United States Capitol (2008). This year he has been a major contributor to Inside the White House: Stories from the World’s Most Famous Residence (2013) published by the National Geographic Society in November. Since 1997, Dr. Bushong has actively developed publications, exhibitions, web site presentations, and is now working toward the establishment of a digital library of White House history for the association.
Saturday, May 3
Ever wondered about the inspiration for Tudor-style homes? Curious to learn what distinguishes a Craftsman home from a Colonial Revival? Come learn about the history and architecture of one of Greensboro's most treasured places through the eyes of architectural historican Jim Collins! Collins is a practicing architect with offices here in Greensboro and in New York. He is recognized for his study of early Twentieth Century architecture, and new designs that blend well in neighborhoods of that era.
This event is FREE. Location TBD. Open to the public and professionals.
Westerwood Patrons Party and Silent Auction
Thursday, May 15
Westerwood Neighborhood Tour
Saturday and Sunday, May 17-18
Imagine being admitted to Westerwood’s most charming homes, and enjoying a peek inside to admire private gardens that are otherwise off-limits to the public. If this sounds like your kind of event, save-the-date for the weekend of May 17-18, 2014!
The Tour of Historic Homes and Gardens has become a successful and high profile annual event for Greensboro since it was started in 2011. The tour weekend kicks off on Thursday May 15 with the Patron’s Party & Silent Auction, an opportunity to explore a wonderful neighborhood home and browse for interesting auction packages to purchase. In addition to the house tours on Saturday May 17 and Sunday May 18, an exciting Street Festival is planned with music and victuals for Saturday evening. Participants on the tour may explore the charming and eclectic architecture of Westerwood, one of Greensboro’s classic neighborhoods from the Roaring 20s. Sponsorships help pay for the costs of the event, residents interested in contributing to make the tour a success may discuss opportunities with John Graham, staffperson with Preservation Greensboro. The tour is a great way to connect with hundreds of tour-goers who have interests in home decoration, renovation, gardening, restoration, and historic homes.
Information on Group Ticket Sales.
Carriage House at Blandwood
Thursday May 22
Ticket Cost: TBD
Join the The NC USGBC Piedmont Triad Branch, the Piedmont AIA, and Preservation Greensboro for lunch and a discussion about local sustainability initiaives with Mayor Nancy Vaughan. Greensboro has been recognized as a top 10 Green City by livability.com, but what is next on the horizon to keep the Gate City its greenest?
North Lawn at Blandwood
Sunday June 1
Music for a Sunday Evening in the Park (MUSEP) is an outdoor series administered by the City of Greensboro, featuring local bands in various Greensboro parks from June-Aug. On June 8 the series will visit the shaded lawn of Blandwood in front of downtown Greensboro's only National Historic Landmark.
Tour organized by Studio Traveler
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Sites include the Heurich House and a special welcome from US National Committee of the International Council on Monuments and Sites; the Anderson House – home of the Society of Cincinnati; River Farm - one of George Washington’s original five estates; Dumbarton Oaks; and Tudor Place. Tudor Place is pictured here, was built in 1816 by a granddaughter of Martha Washington. Like Blandwood, the house evolved into a Palladian-inspired tripartite home. Unlike A. J. Davis’s Italianate style built a generation later, architect William Thornton was inspired by Federal design, especially with the domed, marble-floored Temple Portico. Finally, we will visit The National Gallery of Art to tour two great shows: one on Andrew Wyeth, the other on Degas and Cassatt. Plus great food and casual walking tours of Washington neighborhoods. Visit our website for details!
Blandwood Museum 447 West Washington Street, Greensboro
Ticket Required FREE event
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$5.00 a person
Blandwood Mansion's West Parlor
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The Halloween tradition of an evening of Ghost Stories at Blandwood continues in downtown Greensboro. Guests will be charged $5 each.
Our special friend and storyteller Cynthia Moore Brown will weave her magic with spine-tingling stories, historic legends and fanciful tales about North Carolina. With just the flicker of the fireplace and candles, guests will be seated on the floor of the West Parlor, as is the old tradition of storytelling.
Space is limited. Doors open at 6:45 pm. Seating is on the floor and first come is first served.
All children must be accompanied by an adult.
Stories are school age appropriate.
November - December
Come and celebrate an antebellum Christmas with the Moreheads!
Blandwood will be closed November 10-12 to decorate for Christmas.
We will open for Christmas tours on November 13 and be fully decorated for the Christmas season through December 31st.
Learn the origin of some of your favorite Christmas traditions...and see if you can figure out what ismissing?
Normal tour hours and admission will apply. The museum will be closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
Thursday, December 4
An invitation only event for our Heritage Supporter sponsors and friends!
Enjoy an evening touring an elegantly decorated Blandwood, followed by hors d'oeuvres and holiday cheer in the Carriage House.
This is a ticketed event. Email us or call 336-272-5003 for details or sponsorship levels.
Special Events 2015
Tuesday, February 10
Each year, Preservation Greensboro celebrates the best of preservation in our city by recognizing individuals and organizations who demonstrate best practices in the field. Join us to learn more about these fascinating restoration projects, as well as a review of 20143 and a preview of exciting things to come in 2015...and beyond!
Preservation Greensboro's 49th Annual Meeting will be held Tuesday, February 10th. Come and learn more about the state of historic preservation in Guilford County!
To purchase a ticket or sponsorship, Email us or call 336-272-5003 for details.