Ready to get out and explore as the weather warms up? Consider a visit to one of America’s oldest known examples of Italianate style architecture, which happens to be Blandwood Mansion located in downtown Greensboro!
About Blandwood Mansion
Blandwood Mansion had humble beginnings. It was originally built by Charles Bland in 1795 as a Federal style two-story, four-bedroom farmhouse . It eventually had two expansions. In 1822, the owner added two rooms in the same Federal style architecture.
The second expansion was much grander. It took place under the ownership of progressive North Carolina Governor John Motely Morehead. He owned the house from 1827 until his death in 1866.
The Blandwood Mansion visitors see today was designed by nationally renowned New York City architect Alexander Jackson Davis. The additions featured a central three-story tower, stucco walls, and a low roof line connecting the central tower to two flanking buildings. Those buildings served as Gov. Morehead’s law offices and the kitchen. The addition was finished in 1846.
Take a Tour!
Step into local history and learn what life was like in mid-19th century. Now operating as a museum, Blandwood Mansion showcases the lifestyle of the wealthy during that time. Decorative art, landscape paintings and portraits all help create a vivid picture of such.
Blandwood Mansion is open again for scheduled tours from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays. Adhering to CDC guidelines, guests older than age 5 are required to wear a mask. Tour groups are limited to nine people.
Tours are led by trained guides. Guests will see the reconstructed law offices, the kitchen, the original 1795 farmhouse section and the first expansion. To book a private tour, call the museum office at least 24 hours in advance at (336) 272-5003.
Stop and Smell the Roses
The Tuscan villa isn’t the only attraction. Blandwood Gardens are open daily and include a variety of exotic and native flora and fauna. One section of the gardens includes pre-1867 “Old Rose” varieties creating a period rose garden.
Location and Admission
Blandwood Mansion is located at 447 West Washington St. in downtown Greensboro. Cost of general admission is $8 for adults; $7 for seniors and groups; and children ages 12 and under are $5.
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