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Greensboro in Guilford County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

“The Genesis Monument”

“Genesis” of The City of Greensboro

 
 
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Inscription. Approximate Center Of Guilford County as Determined for the Establishment of Greensborough as the County Seat of Guilford County, 1808.

In 1807 a petition from the people of southeast Guilford, many of whom were from the German settlements, was filed with the General Assembly requesting that the county seat be moved from Guilford Court House or Martinsville southeastwardly to the center of county. Heading the petition was the following surveyor's map showing Guilford Court House or Martinsville to the northwest and the supposed center to the southeast of Guilford Court House.

This monument marks the approximate site of the center of the county as determined by the unknown surveyor and shown on his map. despite a counterpetition from the people of northwest Guilford, most of whom were Ulster Scots (Scotch-Irish) or English Quakers, the General Assembly granted the request of the first petition and authorized the establishing of the town or Greensborough, named for General Nathanael Greene, leader of the American forces in the southern campaign of the American Revolution climaxing at the decisive Battle of Guilford Court House, 15 March 1781, which led to Yorktown and American independence six months later.

Original Guilford, established in 1771 and named for Francis Forth, first Earl of Guilford,
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in compliment to his son, frederick, british prime minister, who became the second Earl, included present Guilford, Rockingham and Randolph Counties and after the latter two were formed the county seat at Guilford Court House was noticeably offcenter for the reduced county, hence the petition to the legislature resulting the founding of Greensborough.

This spot being lowground and somewhat swampy, the commissioners named in the legislative act picked the more suitable higher ground centered around the crossing of what are now Elm and Market Streets for the location or the town. The new courthouse was located at this intersection, which became known as Courthouse Square. The village was laid out in 1808 on the 42 acres of land purchased by the commissioners for $98 from Ralph Gorrell of the Alamance Church area, a Scotch-Irish settler from Northern Ireland.


 
Erected 1971 by Colonel James G.W. MacLamroc.
 
Location. 36° 4.927′ N, 79° 47.269′ W. Marker is in Greensboro, North Carolina, in Guilford County. Marker is on South Park Drive east of North Elm Street, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Greensboro NC 27401, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker
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By Michael C. Wilcox, August 20, 2013
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A gift to the City of Greensboro erected in 1971 the bicentennial year of the establishment of Guilford County by Colonel James G.W. MacLamroc, Greensboro native, county historian of Guilford County, Member Guilford County Bicentennial Commission, Former State Highway Commissioner, Former Chairman City Planning Board
. Fisher Park (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); George Preddy (approx. 0.4 miles away); Guilford County Health Department (approx. 0.4 miles away); Lindsay Street School (approx. 0.4 miles away); Edward R. Murrow (approx. 0.4 miles away); Cone Brothers (approx. 0.4 miles away); O Henry's Family (approx. half a mile away); Francis McNairy House (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Greensboro.
 
Categories. PoliticsSettlements & SettlersWar, US Revolutionary
 
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Barely visible from S. Park Drive.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 21, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 20, 2016, by Michael C. Wilcox of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. This page has been viewed 127 times since then and 35 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on November 20, 2016, by Michael C. Wilcox of Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
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