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posted on May 9, 2016 by C L

10 Things you probably didn’t know about Greensboro.

  1. The Barn Dinner Theatre is the oldest continuously running dinner theater in the United States.  It was opened in 1964 and is the last of the original Barn Dinner Theatres.
  2. While working in Greensboro, Lunsford /Richardson developed a number of home remedies under the name “Vicks,” including the Vicks VaporRub we all know today.
  3. Dolley Payne, born to a Quaker family in Greensboro, married James Madison and became the First Lady of the U.S. when he was elected the fourth president in 1809.
  4. Before 1895, Greensboro was spelled Greensborough.
  5. Greensboro has 475 miles of sidewalks!
  6. Greensboro College was the first state-chartered college for women in North Carolina.
  7. The Carolina Theatre, opened in 1927 and was the first air-conditioned commercial building in North Carolina.
  8. The 23,500-seat Greensboro Coliseum, built in 1959, used to be the largest, single-seat arena in the nation. It’s currently the 2nd largest in the nation and the 6th largest in the world.
  9. Greensboro is home to the Guilford Courthouse National Military Park, the nation’s first national park established as a Revolutionary War site.
  10. It is said that a wooded area on the Guilford College campus is where the Underground Railroad began.