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THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE —TRIAD NC | VOLUME 16—ISSUE 2 53 Found closer to the center of the state are the cities of Thomasville, Lexington and Asheboro, clustered just south of High Point. Some may find the name Thomasville if they look on their dresser or china hutch. Renowned for its furniture, the city's most notable landmark—The Big Chair—is just that, and symbolizes the industry that has been their bread and butter, despite the loss of manufacturing plants over the last few years. Artisan furniture designers, builders and stores have rushed in to fill that void with their unique offerings. The citizens here live up to their city's All- America designation. They support their local high school sports team with fervor and lay claim to the state's oldest festival, Everybody's Day, which features music, carnival rides, arts and crafts, and great food. A quaint walkable downtown highlights an array of restaurants and vintage specialty shops. Train-watching is a popular pastime in Thomasville, home to an established railway system. Lexington lies directly south of Winston-Salem, making for an easy drive to there or High Point. After the closing of several manufacturing facilities, the city is seeing a resurgence of sorts as corporations, like PPG Industries that appreciate the established job base in the area, move in. But its claim to fame lies in its barbecue. The town calls itself the Barbeque Capital of the World and has ranked high on lists of the best cities for barbecue. Come taste the hickory- smoked pork at the Lexington Barbecue Festival or at one of the many restaurants who claim to have THE best secret recipe. Even the city's annual celebration is centered around pigs: Pigs in the City started as an effort to beautify the city by commissioning artists to decorate life-sized sculptures of pigs, but has morphed into an annual event with over 40,000 partygoers. Asheboro, the county seat of Randolph County, is known as the center point of North Carolina, making it the perfect location for the state's zoo. With over 2,000 acres, it's the largest natural habitat zoo with exhibits ranging from animals of the Artic to the African grasslands. Its eastern location sets it further from the mountains than most of the Triad, but the town appears hilly because it lies within the Uwharrie Mountains, an ancient series of ridges and small mountains worn down by erosion. The city has about 25,000 residents with many employed at Randolph Health and the zoo. Oak Ridge is 15 miles northwest of Greensboro and home to about 7,000 residents, almost double its 2000 population. It's a short five miles to the Piedmont Triad International Airport. Despite being incorporated in 1998, the town has a rich military heritage as home to the Oak Ridge Military Academy, a private, co-ed, college-preparatory military boarding school. The town is actually named after the school which was built in 1897, and today is part of the National Register of Historic Places. Kids flock to 80-acre Oak Ridge Town Park to participate in many team sports. The park is also home to the Music in the Park series and, in 2018, will welcome the town's first amphitheater. Family-friendly events include the holiday Light up the Night luminary event and Heritage Day which celebrates the agrarian history of Oak Ridge. The historic heart of the town is the Roller Mills which operated as the Lewisville area's largest employer for 58 years. Today, the renovated building houses small businesses. Summerfield, once farmland, is now regarded as a popular bedroom community of Greensboro. About 15,000 people call Summerfield home, representing a meteoric 167 percent increase since 2000. The town's motto, "Respectful of the past, focused on the future," rings true as you tour old and new neighborhoods with limited commercial development and traverse the wooded countryside. Picturesque trailways are a key attraction of the town, and future plans will provide connectivity of the trailways to the town's rich heritage by including paths to various historic sites. Summerfield Farms is a fun adventure for young and old alike. This working farm is open to the public, who can shop the onsite market and gather for events. The farm offers elegantly-appointed lodging for those wanting to escape the city trappings or just get away. Mayberry RFD icon Andy Griffith grew up in Mount Airy, North Carolina, and it's no coincidence that a stroll down Mount Airy's Main Street reminds people of the town of Mayberry from The Andy Griffith Show. In addition to Mayberry RFD and Andy Griffith, visitors find that Mount Airy, North Carolina is a great jumping off point for exploring the Yadkin Valley wine region, the breathtaking Blue Ridge Parkway, the stunning pinnacle of Pilot Mountain, or the twangy sound of bluegrass and old- time music. The Triad's small towns and cities offer pleasurable and carefree living. In fact, the only stress you'll experience is deciding in which one of these communities you should hang your hat and stay awhile. [] SURROUNDING TOWNS ere are two times you'll benefit from a relationship with us. Now, and in the future. e Greater Mount Airy Chamber of Commerce invites you to join our very active membership as we pursue our mission to advance the success and growth of our community. For further details about membership, relocation and visitor information: or (336) 786-6116.

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