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Historical Markers and War Memorials in High Point, North Carolina

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Greensboro is the county seat for Guilford County
High Point is in Guilford County
      Guilford County (240)  
      Alamance County (124)  
      Davidson County (25)  
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1North Carolina (Guilford County), High Point — African Americans in World War II Memorial
The High Point City Council acknowledges the injustice committed in March 1944 by the City of High Point when African American service members who gave their lives during World War II were not recognized for their service to our country. Though many . . . Map (db m175480) HM WM
2North Carolina (Guilford County), High Point — Camp Fisher
Located Ύ mile east, Camp Fisher was a camp of instruction for North Carolina troops in 1861 – 1862. Camp Fisher was named for Col. Charles Fisher of Salisbury, after his death at the battle of First Manassas.Map (db m34039) HM
3North Carolina (Guilford County), High Point — J-118 — Capus Waynick — 1889 - 1986
Newspaperman and public official; ambassador to Nicaragua and Columbia; adviser to governor on racial affairs, 1963-64. Grave is Ό mile S.E.Map (db m175472) HM
4North Carolina (Guilford County), High Point — City Transfer and Storage Company, 1908
I.M. Lassiter started his family-owned moving company at this location with a team of horses, mules, and a wagon. The company served the city's growing industries and helped build High Point into a major distribution center.Map (db m181629) HM
5North Carolina (Guilford County), High Point — Confederate Arms Factory
The Gillam & Miller Gun Factory was located here. Owned by Dr. L. M. Gillam and James Miller, the firm manufactured rifles and gun stocks for the state of North Carolina in 1863. The firm also had a contract to sell rifles to the Confederate . . . Map (db m34033) HM
6North Carolina (Guilford County), High Point — Confederate Soldiers Monument — Confederate Dead
Confederate Dead Erected by Guilford Council No. 23 Jr. O.U.A.M. 1899.Map (db m98951) WM
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7North Carolina (Guilford County), High Point — February 11, 1960
On Thursday, February 11, 1960, at the close of the school day, a group of 26 students in High Point became the first high school students in the United States to stage a Woolworth "Sit-In" Demonstration. This action by the high school students . . . Map (db m175481) HM
8North Carolina (Guilford County), High Point — Guilford Technical Community College — Chartered As The Guilford Industrial Education Center In 1958
Site of classes started in 1955 by High Point Furniture and Hosiery Manufacturers and the High Point Public Schools that later became GTCC, one of the first community colleges in North Carolina.Map (db m67726) HM
9North Carolina (Guilford County), High Point — J-58 — Haley House
Built 1786 by John Haley, blacksmith & sheriff, on the Petersburg-Salisbury Road. Later a tavern; now preserved as a museum.Map (db m34741) HM
10North Carolina (Guilford County), High Point — High Point
Approximately 424 feet west southwest lies the geographic “high point” between Goldsboro and Charlotte. Identified by the survey crew for the North Carolina Railroad about 1849, the elevation became the city namesake upon the granting of . . . Map (db m34938) HM
11North Carolina (Guilford County), High Point — J-117 — High Point Market
Est. in 1909. Furniture exposition hall opened here on June 20, 1921, Marketing landmark for key N.C. industry.Map (db m175484) HM
12North Carolina (Guilford County), High Point — High Point Speedway
Opened on Oct 20, 1940, this one-mile dirt oval track that featured a tunnel entrance was built by the Baity Brothers. First race was an AAA sanctioned Indy big car race followed by three stock car races. Track was closed due to WWII. Notable . . . Map (db m175468) HM
13North Carolina (Guilford County), High Point — J-42 — High Point University
Founded by Methodist Church in 1924 with aid from City of High Point. University since 1991.Map (db m57694) HM
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14North Carolina (Guilford County), High Point — High Point Veterans Memorial
This memorial is dedicated to the memory and honor of those who have served bravely in our Armed Forces in both times of war and in times of peace. May 30, 2005 World War I • World War II • Korean War • Vietnam War • Persian Gulf War • Operation . . . Map (db m35811) HM
15North Carolina (Guilford County), High Point — Highland Cotton Mills Village
A textile mill opened in 1913 followed by a planned village on 69 acres. Placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2014.Map (db m175497) HM
16North Carolina (Guilford County), High Point — Jamestown Female College
This marker contains brick from the Jamestown Female College opened by the Methodist Protestant Church, Jamestown, N.C. 1859 and destroyed by fire 1861.Map (db m175464) HM
17North Carolina (Guilford County), High Point — John Coltrane
John Coltrane (b.1926 - d.1967), world renowned jazz saxophonist and composer of the suite "A Love Supreme", lived with his extended family at 118 Underhill St. from 1928-1943. His family was headed by his maternal grandfather, Rev. W.W. Blair, who . . . Map (db m172052) HM
18North Carolina (Guilford County), High Point — John Coltrane — Jazz Saxophonist and Composer — 1926 - 1967 —
A world-renowned jazz legend whose warm and lyrical style influences generations of artists. His boyhood home is nearby on Underhill Street.
"My music is the spiritual expression of what I am — my faith, my knowledge, my . . . Map (db m175491) HM
19North Carolina (Guilford County), High Point — John Coltrane — High Point Resident, World-Renowned Jazz Artist
Growing Up in High Point John Coltrane was born in Hamlet, North Carolina, on September 23, 1926. He was an infant when his family moved to High Point. For most of his youth Coltrane lived with extended family in his grandparents' house on . . . Map (db m175493) HM
20North Carolina (Guilford County), High Point — Little Red Schoolhouse
The Little Red Schoolhouse was built 1930 adjacent to the Ray Street Elementary School (corner of Montlieu and N Hamilton Streets) to accommodate a growing student body. It was designed by local architect Louis Voorhees as a tribute to the old . . . Map (db m35122) HM
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21North Carolina (Guilford County), High Point — Maxwell Reid "Max" Thurman — A High Point Hero — February 18, 1931 - December 1, 1995 —
US Army Four-Star General and Vice Chief of Staff, the Army's 2nd highest post. Developed "Be All That You Can Be" recruiting campaign in 1979, boosting image and raising standards. At request of President Bush delayed retirement in '89 to plan and . . . Map (db m181626) HM
22North Carolina (Guilford County), High Point — Maxwell Reid Thurman — February 18, 1931 - December 1, 1995 — Be All That You Can Be —
Born in High Point. Max Thurman made his home on Historic Johnson Street before entering NC State University in 1949. Graduated with Honors 1953 and entered US Army from ROTC. Rose to rank of General and distinguished himsel as the Army's Second in . . . Map (db m63685) HM WM
23North Carolina (Guilford County), High Point — J-100 — Model Farm
Established by Quakers 1867 to stem westward migration by promoting improved agricultural practices. Tract, sold in 1891, was ½ mi. E.Map (db m34042) HM
24North Carolina (Guilford County), High Point — Myrtle Furr Hayworth Barthmaier — March 15, 1891 - December 17, 1980 — A High Point Hero —
Mother of six who, upon the premature death of husband Charles Hayworth in 1928, kept Hayworth Industries and Alma Desk, its mainstay, alive during the Depression. Felt she had to work harder than a man for same achievement. Company became nation's . . . Map (db m175485) HM
25North Carolina (Guilford County), High Point — Oldest Building in High Point
Colonial home of Mary and Philip Hoggatt A Quaker Potter Typical example of a Pre-Revolution home Built in Guilford County ca. 1754 In continuous use until the 1960's.Map (db m34928) HM
26North Carolina (Guilford County), High Point — Oldest Colonial Trail
Ancient Indian Warrior / Trading Path. A branch passed through Guilford Co. here, ran from the Great Lakes to Georgia. Used by Colonists in Indian Treaty br 1744 but traveled after 1745 at their own risk. Most heavily traveled Early American Road. . . . Map (db m34925) HM
27North Carolina (Guilford County), High Point — J-24 — Plank Road
A section of the Fayetteville-Salem plank road, a toll road 129 miles long, built 1849 - 1854, followed this route.Map (db m34036) HM
28North Carolina (Guilford County), High Point — Quatercentenary Tree
This tree was planted on August 26th 1984 by The Friendship Force of Guilford, U.K. to celebrate their exchange with Guilford County, and to mark the 400th anniversary of the first British colony in North Carolina.Map (db m175470) HM
29North Carolina (Guilford County), High Point — Rev. Benjamin Elton Cox — (1931 - 2011)
An American nonviolent Civil Rights activist and preacher, one of the original 13 Freedom Riders while Pastor 1958-1968 of Pilgrim Congregational Church located originally ½ block east.Map (db m175494) HM
30North Carolina (Guilford County), High Point — Revolutionary War Patriots
This marker commemorates the men and women who participated in The American Revolution. These patriots, believing in the noble cause of liberty, gallantly fought for their home and country. 1775 – 1783.Map (db m34746) WM
31North Carolina (Guilford County), High Point — Sewell Farlow Store
An early general store was located in this city block and served as the town meeting site for the vote on the city charter.Map (db m175489) HM
32North Carolina (Guilford County), High Point — Southern Furniture Exposition Building
On June 6, 1919 the Southern Furniture Exposition Company purchased a lot on South Main Street for $35,000 to build a furniture exposition building. By August of the same year, ground was broken and construction began on a one million dollar . . . Map (db m175486) HM
33North Carolina (Guilford County), High Point — J-95 — Springfield Friends Meeting
Established in 1773 and organized as a Monthly Meeting, 1790. Building erected 1927 on original site is ½ mile east.Map (db m58267) HM
34North Carolina (Guilford County), High Point — The Blacksmith Shop
This restored log structure is a working blacksmith shop, equipped with tools and materials similar to those John Haley used in his trade. The shop was found in Davidson County and was relocated to this site in 1970 with funds from the Millis . . . Map (db m34931) HM
35North Carolina (Guilford County), High Point — The Haley House
In 1786, John & Phebe Haley built this home on the Petersburg (Va) to Salisbury (NC) Road, a major trade route. At that time, the Haleys owned 368 acres of land around this site. John Haley was a blacksmith by trade, but also served as sheriff, . . . Map (db m34933) HM
36North Carolina (Guilford County), High Point — The Hoggat House
Philip & Mary Hoggat built this house in 1754, 4 miles southwest of here. The Hoggats were among the first Quakers to move to this area. Donated by Mrs. Betty Jo Kellam, the cabin was relocated to this site in 1973 & restored with funds from the . . . Map (db m34929) HM
37North Carolina (Guilford County), High Point — The Little Red Schoolhouse
The Little Red Schoolhouse was built in 1930 to house the overflow of first grade students at the Ray Street Elementary School in downtown High Point; it was used as an educational site until 1961. Mr. Louis F. Voorhees was the architect, and his . . . Map (db m175471) HM
38North Carolina (Guilford County), High Point — The Mahler Family Promenade
The Mahler Promenade honors the generosity of Peter and Mary Mahler, and their daughter Janet Fisher and her husband Wayne, daughter Punkin Parker and her husband Alan, and their grandson Alan A. Parker. A member of the Board of Trustees, . . . Map (db m175466) HM
39North Carolina (Guilford County), High Point — The Plank Road
The Fayetteville and Western Plank Road was constructed in the late 1850’s, stretching 129 miles long and covering what is now High Point’s Main Street. In 1852, when the North Carolina Railroad Company surveyed the proposed rail route from . . . Map (db m34936) HM
40North Carolina (Guilford County), High Point — The Plank Road Foreman
This statue of a Plank Road Foreman is dedicated to the establishment of the City of High Point and in honor of the men and women who worked in local industries and businesses that made it famous. In the 1840’s and 1850’s construction was . . . Map (db m35279) HM
41North Carolina (Guilford County), High Point — The Ragan and Mills Building
The Southern Furniture Exposition and High Point Exposition Company join forces to hold the first formal Southern Furniture Market in High Point. The Market was held in the Ragan and Mills Building on this site, and the Maddox Building, on the . . . Map (db m175490) HM
42North Carolina (Guilford County), High Point — The Yadkin College Bell
The Yadkin College Bell was recovered from Yadkin College in 1924 — the same year that the school was closed and High Point University opened its doors. It was originally cast in bronze in 1882. Over the years, the bell has been displayed in various . . . Map (db m175467) HM
43North Carolina (Guilford County), High Point — Tri City Speedway
Opened in 1947, this ½ - mile red dirt track was built by brothers, Bill & Bob Blair. It hosted two NASCAR Grand National races. Herb Thomas won in 1953 and Lee Petty won in 1954. Notable drivers were Fireball Roberts, Flock Brothers, . . . Map (db m109827) HM
44North Carolina (Guilford County), High Point — Washington Street Historic District
Washington Street was created and given its name in 1860. This cultural icon rose above discrimination, segregation, and racism to become a symbol of black determination, perseverance, and success. By 1960, the Washington Street district, covering . . . Map (db m175474) HM
45North Carolina (Guilford County), High Point — Willis Howard "Willis" Slane — April 21, 1921 - September 8, 1965 — A High Point Hero —
Boating industry revolutionized by his believe that large hulls could be made of fiberglass, which was considered impossible. Chose this site in landlocked High Point to found Hatteras Yacht because of its skilled furniture craftsmen. 41-foot boat, . . . Map (db m175482) HM
46North Carolina (Guilford County), High Point — Woolworth Students' Sit-in
On this site, February 11, 1960, a Woolworth Sit-in demonstration, the first in the U.S. by high school students (26), was held. Led by Reverends B.E. Cox and Fred Shuttlesworth, an 8-year battle against racial and social injustices ensued.Map (db m175483) HM
47North Carolina (Guilford County), High Point — World War I Memorial — 1917 - 1918 — Honor • Justice • Service • Patriotism —
This monument is dedicated to the memory of the men of High Point N.C. who served God and their country in the World WarMap (db m175478) WM
48North Carolina (Guilford County), High Point — World War II Memorial — 1941 - 1945
In memory of Boyd Freeman, Jr. • Robert B. Parker Honor Roll Joseph B. Bennett • Ralph M. Branch • Emmett w. Burge • Walter O. Burge • William C. Burge • Clarence R. Cook • Hayden C. Cranford • Dell Creasey • Boyd . . . Map (db m175479) WM
49North Carolina (Guilford County), High Point — Yadkin College — A.D. 1856 - 1924, N.C.
A Methodist Protestant institution awarded degrees and diplomas, conducted until said churches opened High Point College. Builders First campus and building donated by Hon. Henry Walser, founder, 1856; furnishings by D.L. Michael. . . . Map (db m175463) HM
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Dec. 7, 2022