From the Desk at Keystone

The Gate City: Greensboro, the Heart of North Carolina

on May 23, 2022

Greensboro_SkylineThe Piedmont Triad is made up of three cities and the area around them: Greensboro, Winston-Salem, and High Point. There are many smaller communities in and around the Piedmont Triad as well. Today, let’s take a closer look at Greensboro, known as the Gate City, and learn why your new Keystone home is always in the perfect location!.

Greensboro, North Carolina

(AKA Gate City, Tournament Town)

Established: 1808

Population: 280,000


Greensboro’s indigenous population were the Cheraw tribe, which moved south east toward the coast as European expansion moved inward. Today, the tribe is extinct.

The first European settlers in the the area were Quakers, who founded the New Garden Monthly Meetings; the name ‘New Garden’ still lives on to this day as a major road and shopping area, as does the Quaker tradition of hospitality and education.

The name ‘Greensboro’ comes from Major General Nathanael Greene, who commanded the American forces at the Battle of Guilford Courthouse in the woods north of the city. It was a Pyrrhic victory for the British army of General Cornwallis, and the heavy losses he sustained in the battle helped turn the tide of the war to the American’s favor.

The addition of a major railway hub in 1840 gave Greensboro its nickname, the Gate City, as it became the largest transportation hub in the state. North Carolina, and Greensboro itself, has always had a strong textile industry, and still does to this day, thanks in part to northern industrialists coming down to rebuild in the aftermath of the civil war. The textile mills of the Cone brothers changed Greensboro from a small town to a city within a decade.

In February of 1960, Greensboro was the site of some of the first sit-ins of the Civil Rights movement. Today, the lunch counter of the Woolworth’s is preserved in the International Civil Rights Center and Museum.


Greensboro has a history of textile production that continues to this day with major companies such as VF Corporation and the International Textile Group. Its qualities as a Gate City also brings major transportation companies to its hub, such as FedEx, Mack Trucks, Volvo, and Honda Aircraft. Although the ‘Triangle’ to the east is better known for its high-tech companies, Greensboro is becoming competitive in that area. Downtown Greensboro is also home to many graphic design and marketing firms.

Points of Interest

  • TripAdvisor claims that Greensboro is home to America’s Best Burger, at the Hops Burger Bar.
  • The Greensboro Science Center features a world-class Aquarium, twelve acres of animals from everywhere across the globe, and rotating exhibits.
  • The Guilford Courthouse National Military Park features many statues and informative plaques, describing in detail the Battle of Guilford Courthouse and how it affected the Revolutionary War. It also features running and biking paths that connect to Country Park.
  • The Tanger Family Bicentennial Garden has beautiful, well-kept grounds and features a small museum featuring objects excavated from the area that date back to the colonial period.
  • The Old Mill of Guilford is a still-operational stone mill that sells its flours and mixes today, the same way they were made back in 1767.