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THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE—TRIAD NC | VOLUME 14—ISSUE 1 24 HIGH POINT High Point BY LINDSEY GREY The Piedmont Environmental Center provides environmental education, engaging nature hikes, eco- tours and 11 miles of trails for independent adventure. Take a walk across the state in minutes using the North Carolina map scape. Visit the All-A-Flutter Butterfy Farm. Fitness lovers hike on trails at Piedmont Environmental Center or walk in one of the city's parks. Two parks are on lakes allowing for water activities. Recreation centers and four golf courses keep the active community moving. Kersey Valley Attractions is a favorite in the fall with the area's largest haunted attraction. It is also home to adrenalin pumping zip line tour and outdoor laser tag. In the fall months it is a favorite with the young at heart including a massive jumping pillow, a corn maze, gem panning and a pumpkin patch. Fill your evenings with a visit to one of the downtown art galleries, a theatre performance, a lakeside concert or a festival such as the John Coltrane International Jazz and Blues Festival that honors High Point's native son. Grammy award winning artists headline the two-day event held on Labor Day weekend each year. Theatre Art Galleries located inside High Point Theatre hosts exhibitions of visual art ranging from traditional to experimental. The gallery has been High Point's primary provider of the visual arts since 1975 with approximately 16 exhibitions annually. Education is important to the city home of High Point University. The expanding university broke ground in fall 2015 for the school's frst pharmacy/health sciences building. The pharmacy school and health sciences school will share the $88 million facility. HPU expects the two schools to attract a total of about 700 graduate students. Business extends past the world of furniture. In 2014, Ralph Lauren Corporation, High Point's largest employer, announced it would expand its already impressive presence in the city. An 843,000-square foot distribution/ofce facility will be constructed for the company in the I-74 Corporate Park. Volvo's North American's corporate headquarters campus now extends into High Point, after construction in 2015 of a new 700-employee ofce building. High Point's successes in economic development in 2014 impressively contributed to the Greensboro-High Point Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) receiving a number one national ranking for new and expanded corporate facilities from Site Selection magazine. High Point had nine of the 41 projects in the Greensboro-High Point MSA that met the magazine's criteria including APAC Customer service with 850 jobs. The city proves that it is more than furniture. High Point embraces its heritage and place in history while focusing on the future. [] Once upon a time High Point was the "Hosiery Capital of the World" and a thriving textile hub with more than 30 furniture factories. To recognize both industries, a four-story chest of drawers was built with pair of dangling socks commemorating the city's acclaim. The manufacturers of the area started the frst wholesale home furnishing trade show in 1909 and more than a century later the show (twice each year) is the largest of its kind in the world. Over the years the city has built on its furniture heritage, unique architecture, historical homes, and strong African-American history. Museums are one way to learn High Point's story. Experience what it is like to live in the 19th century. The Museum of Old Domestic Life is a historic Quaker meeting house built in 1858 flled with the everyday items necessary to live rural life in a Quaker community. The High Point Museum is where the city's past and present meet. Dedicated to sharing High Point's history, the museum tells stories of individuals who lived, worked and worshiped in High Point. The Rosetta C. Baldwin Museum celebrates the contributions of African-Americans to the development of the city of High Point. Born in1902, Miss Rosetta was awarded the "Order of the Long Leaf Pine" for her years of shaping young lives. For a look at history that is still intact, visitors stop by the downtown historic train depot. The depot is a reminder of the city's past as a pivotal location for arriving families and WWII soldiers. Today, it is a modern Amtrak station that is functional and architecturally charming. furniture, heritage, John Coltrane

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