336 area code: In and around Greensboro, there are many things to do, places to go
336. The area code that doesn’t have a matching date on a calendar. Well, you don’t need a day to celebrate a region where the fun goes on year-round. We’re talking about North Carolina’s Triad. WithersRavenel knows a thing or two about it. Actually, more than a thing or two, says the team at our Greensboro office location.
We’re highlighting the places to visit, the things to do and the things to know about this wonderful region that many of us call home. Our Greensboro-area team members shared 3 facts about the area, 3 things to do, and 6 places to visit.
But first, a bit of geography. The area encompasses these counties: Alamance, Alleghany, Ashe, Caswell, Forsyth, Guilford, Randolph, Rockingham, Stokes, Surry, Wilkes and Yadkin.
Here’s what some of our team members like about the 336:
Brandon Inscore, GIS Manager:
Greensboro is the birthplace of Vick’s VapoRub.
NASCAR: A total of 52 races, all on dirt tracks, were held in NASCAR’s inaugural 1948 season. North Carolina speedways hosted 30 of those events at places like Greensboro, North Wilkesboro, Lexington, Elkin, and Winston-Salem.
Celebrated poet Maya Angelou was a Winston-Salem resident until her death, and a professor at Wake Forest University.
3 things to do
Greensboro Science Center. Get your child away from the screen and into the world of science. Great place for families to spend time and get smarter.
Downtown Greenway in Greensboro. This is an extra-special place for WithersRavenel because of our firm’s work with the City of Greensboro in making it a reality. Head there to enjoy the downtown vibe.
Greensboro Coliseum Complex. The place to enjoy live shows, though currently many have been canceled due to COVID-19. But many special events are still taking place.
Visit Pilot Mountain State Park. Geological formation is the place for outdoor enthusiasts for a variety of activities. It’s located in Surry and Yadkin counties, just 20 miles northwest of Winston-Salem.
Hanging Rock State Park. There’s a campground at this spectacular spot in Stokes County which, along with great views, has hiking trails and rock climbing opportunities.
Attend MerleFest in Wilkes County. This is the event for bluegrass music enthusiasts. Multiple stages, great atmosphere, lively crowd and, of course, great music.
Visit the Andy Griffith Museum. It’s in Mount Airy, where Griffith was born and, many say, was the inspiration for the TV town of Mayberry. In addition, each year relive The Andy Griffith Show during Mayberry Days.
Barbecue Festival in Lexington. The festival in Lexington (Davidson County) started in 1984. Since then it has attracted thousands of visitors, and has grown bigger with various events taking place throughout October. In 2014, about 200,000 people attended the festival, according to organizers.
Honorable Mentions: Journalist Edward R. Murrow, First Lady Dolley Madison and author O. Henry (William Sidney Porter) were all born in the 336 area.
Laura Elliott, Project Geologist:
Ashe County is the largest producer of Christmas trees in the United States.
The New River is the oldest river in North America.
Winston-Salem is the birthplace of Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Texas Pete, RJ Reynolds Tobacco, and Hanes.
Greensboro named for Revolutionary War hero Nathaniel Greene.
Downtown Greensboro location of the International Civil Rights Museum. This was formerly the Woolworth’s building. The sit-in protest against segregation at the Woolworth’s lunch counter in Greensboro was among the first of its kind during the Civil Rights movement. It left a lasting mark and forced Woolworth’s to change their policies. It also led to more such sit-in protests.
Our office sits across the street from the Colonial petro tank farm which connects the Gulf coast to New York. It delivers a daily average of 100 million U.S. gallons of gasoline, home heating oil, aviation fuel and other refined petroleum products to communities and businesses throughout the South and Eastern United States.
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