If you’ve lived in the town of Kernersville, NC, your entire life, you’ve watched what’s been going on around your warm, welcoming community with extreme enthusiasm and pride.
If you grew up in Kernersville and, by chance, moved away, you definitely need to come back for a second look. Whether you’ve decided to “come home” to start your dream business (as a large number of Kernersville natives do!), or simply to raise your family in a picture-perfect setting that blends a creative history with a current spirit that has an eye on a bright future, you’re in for a treat.
Rich with history and overflowing with creativity and a lively arts scene, Kernersville has emerged as one of the very best places to live, work, and grow. It’s a delightful wedge of Forsyth County that’s truly come into its own, in its role as the true—and geographical—“heart” of the Triad.
Besides beautiful homes in a variety of popular residential developments, and stylish apartment communities with amazing amenities that appeal to all ages—millennials, young families, and retiring residents looking to downsize—Kernersville is known for its easy access to I-40, and an equally easy drive to Winston-Salem, High Point, or Greensboro. With the appeal of a small town bursting with civic pride, blended with forward-thinking residents who hope to grow their community even more in the coming years, Kernersville is all the wonderful things you want in a “home,” rolled into one charming community.
Plus, down nearly every street there’s a hint of Kernersville’s rich history. A drive down historical Salisbury Street and charming Main Street (North and South) will lead you to the enormously popular Korner’s Folly, a beautiful 22-room mansion and revered example of distinctive design and architecture. Quite the tourist stop as well, Korner’s Folly was built in 1880 and was the home to Jule Korner, grandson of Joseph Kerner, the town’s namesake. This distinguished home—which the talented Jule used to showcase his interior design portfolio—boasts elegant artwork and woodwork, along with hand-laid tile, making it a true masterpiece for the design connoisseur. The top floor of Korner’s Folly houses Cupid’s Park Theater, which has been heralded as America’s first private Little Theater and is undergoing restoration in honor of its 120th anniversary. Both the original home and the theater have been featured in national publications.
Harmon House, circa 1858, is a second charming historical home worth an afternoon tour and a definite look next time you’re scouting out the perfect event venue that’s also a cherished landmark. Harmon House has been meticulously cared for by each of its more recent owners, who have kept the house and gardens true to their original time period. Get to know The Kernersville Downtown Committee, too, a non-profit group striving to preserve the historic qualities of Kernersville and grow the business community through a wide variety of activities around town.
Craving a lively arts scene as well? Kernersville enjoys a strong, dedicated arts presence, with several local artist groups, and cute downtown cafes that combine vintage gifts and accessories made by local artists, with a wine bar and relaxing music. The Kernersville Arts and Crafts Guild, a non-profit group of creative artisans, works tirelessly to promote the cultural enrichment of the community through local events and arts education. Perfect for families, or even a romantic stroll, the amazing Paul J. Ciener Botanical Gardens is open daily from dawn until dusk, where tours, exhibits, and special events bring to life the collections of this world-class botanical garden—right in your own backyard. Without a doubt, you’ll also find your own favorite little boutique that will soon become a regular stop.
There is camaraderie, community spirit, and plenty of local flavors nestled within the Kernersville town limits, and its residents bring together a delightful mix of talents and occupations that offer something for everyone. If you’re looking for all the reasons Kernersville may be the community for your future business or family relocation, visit Discoverkernersville.com, then drive over to see what all the buzz is about.