Historical Italianate Mansion with Fine Dining
Once a rural refuge for Pennsylvania Quakers, High Point turned into a manufacturing powerhouse thanks to its prime location on the North Carolina Railroad. Hosiery magnate John Hampton Adams became one of the most successful businessmen in town, and in 1918, he and his wife built their dream house on Main Street. Today, their renovated estate is home to the J. H. Adams Inn, an Italian Renaissance–style mansion on the National Register of Historic Places.
The inn's green-tiled roof, ionic columns, and pediment-crowned archways are reminiscent of a Mediterranean estate. The Old-World feel continues inside, where a grand staircase ascends amid chandeliers and rich moldings. The Gallery room showcases locally designed furnishings, and the Kincaid suite takes up the mansion’s original master bedroom, which adjoins a parlor with a carved fireplace. If you stay in the Main Street or Drexel room, you’ll also get a whirlpool package, which includes a $60 dinner voucher for two, chocolate-covered strawberries, and two glasses of champagne en suite.
The property has recently added the J Gallery of Fine Art to showcase works in a variety of subjects and mediums. The American artwork is displayed throughout the Inn and is available for purchase. Stepping outside, you take in one of the property's most elegant architectural details, the central courtyard, where stone-inlay flooring forms a massive compass rose. Hampton’s, the inn's restaurant, offers terrace seating along this plaza, in addition to an elegant dining room. Chef Derek Cress's seasonal menu features roast duck breast, seared crab cakes, and grilled Black Angus fillets.
Piedmont Triad Region, North Carolina: Furniture Hub near Historical Museums
For more than a century, High Point has been known for its makers of high-end furniture. The first shop opened in the late 19th century, and show rooms still line Main Street today, alongside boutiques and close to Victorian homes. You can delve deeper into the region's history at two of its oldest residences. Dating from 1786 and 1801, the houses contain the High Point Museum's collection of historical rifles and antique Furby dolls. One of the exhibits here explores the region’s furniture-manufacturing legacy with photographs, antique machinery, and interactive displays; you can also get a glimpse into the past with living history demonstrations, which range from garden herb lore to a fully outfitted blacksmith shop.
Located in Greensboro, the International Civil Rights Center & Museum was built around the original Woolworth counter where students from North Carolina A&T famously protested segregation with a sit-in. In Winston-Salem, 20 miles northwest of High Point, the historical district of Old Salem brims with 18th-century Moravian buildings. Here, costumed interpreters from the Old Salem Museums & Gardens help kids write with quills or produce Scherenschnitte, intricately cut paper designs of German origin, on most Tuesdays and Thursdays.