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The Blandwood Mansion, one of Greensboro’s finest historic buildings, was the home of John Motley Morehead, North Carolina’s governor from 1841 to 1845. The house is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and is a National Historic Landmark. Morehead is a very important figure in Greensboro history; without his advocacy for railroads in the state and his special efforts to get railway service for Greensboro, we might be living in a village today.
A great place to start learning about the house, and about Governor Morehead and his family, is this book:
Edmunds, Mary Lewis Rucker. Governor Morehead’s Blandwood and the Family Who Lived There. Greensboro: 1976.
This book is a quick read, with only 48 well-illustrated pages. It tells the story of the house from its beginnings as a small home in the early 1800s to its purchase by the Greensboro Preservation Society and includes pictures from its history. The family story includes a list of Governor Morehead’s ancestors and a chart showing his descendants, as well as many family pictures. If you have been to Blandwood and would like to know more about its history and about the people who lived there, or if you’d like to be prepared for a visit, you’ll find the book useful.
For more information on Governor Morehead, check out this book:
Konkle, Burton Alva. John Motley Morehead and the Development of North Carolina, 1796-1866.Philadelphia: William J. Campbell, 1922; reprinted, Spartanburg: The Reprint Company, 1971. (NC 975.603 K72) Find the original edition and the reprint edition in our catalog.
This illustrated book gives a thorough portrayal of Morehead’s life; the index will help you to locate the aspects that interest you.
For comments on Morehead, written soon after his death in 1866, read this book:
In Memoriam: Hon. John M. Morehead. Raleigh: Nichols & Gorman, 1868.