Local tour guide talks about Historic Downtown Greensboro.
Tuesday, March 25, thirty-one ladies and gentlemen visited Greensboro for a unique Step on Tour of the Historic Downtown area.
A traveling group from Conyers, Georgia were curious to learn more about downtown Greensboro and some of its historical homes. Beginning at 11am, the group were welcomed by the staff at The Yesterday Café. They enjoyed a delicious southern lunch complemented by their famous Buttermilk pie.
After lunch, the group headed to Festival Hall to hear a bit of history from the local historian Joel McRay. He spoke to the group about the Creek Indian and how Greene County was founded. Then he told interesting and funny stories about a few of the historic buildings in Downtown.
After Joel’s wonderful story telling, tour guide, Tommi Ward, told the group the history of Festival Hall and how it was once a gym that held “Womenless Weddings” and “Donkey Basketball” games to now becoming a beautiful preforming arts center.
From the gym to the jail, the tour group stepped back in time to peek inside the “Old Gaol.” The group enjoyed seeing where the old hanging noose, and all commented on how it might have been chilly to stay the night in the stone structure.
After the cold walk trough the jail, the group loaded the First Baptist Bus from Conyers and started the driving tour of the local historic homes.
The bus traveled around the town, slowing enough for Tommi to tell a funny story or historic fact about the home. These homes included, “Recess” a home once owned by a teacher, “Paradise Hill” which the entire block was made up of beautiful gardens that accompanied the house, “Goodwin Manor” which was relocated to town by ox carts and a second story was built with rooms for each of the four daughters, and the last stop was the Lewis Cottage, where Miles Walker Lewis was raised.
The group left Greensboro full of good food , full of good stories, and full of facts about the history.
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