High point City - Furniture Capital of the World
Hailed as the third largest metro area in the United States,
garnering a population of 1.6 million, High Point City is located in the
Piedmont Triad of North Carolina. It is also the ninth largest
municipality in North Carolina in terms of population. The city is one
of the biggest manufacturers of furniture, textiles and buses in the
world, having been labeled as the "Furniture Capital of the World."
The city is also home to the High Point Market, which is the largest
furnishings industry in the world with $11.5 million square feet. This
trade show has made High Point, "North Carolina's International City" as
it attracts more than 100.000 buyers around the world. The High Point
Market currently houses 188 buildings for more than 2,000 exhibitors,
representing 110 countries. Up to 10,000 new products are being
introduced every year and ten percent of the attendees are
international. The success of the High Point Market starts with a small
office desk in 1889, and it quickly becomes a popular regional market.
Among the furniture that are being exhibited in the market are bedroom
suites, dining tables, bed, clocks, mirrors, lightings, recliners, rugs,
dinettes, entertainment centers, tabletop and a lot more.
Another important attraction in the area is the High Point Museum which
narrates the history of the city through the Scrapbook of History
exhibit. Permanent exhibits include High Point's History, Hall of
Commerce and Jamestown Rifles that serves as display to some of the
historic rifles, reflecting the town as one of the earliest American
rifle making centers in the United States. Admission is free, so
everyone can take part and enjoy hands-on programs and tours.
High Point is also home to United Methodist Church-affiliated High Point
University, a private liberal arts university. Established in 1924, the
university has experienced growth in student population especially on
the postwar period and has eventually ranked sixth among the Southern
Comprehensive Undergraduate Colleges.
The university offers degrees in Business Administration,
Communications, Computer Information Systems, Criminal Justice, English
Literature, Home Furnishings Marketing, Global Trade, International
Business, Philosophy, Recreation Training and Fitness, Modern Languages,
Special Education and a lot more.
Other important attractions in High Point are the High Point
Community Theatre which has been presenting American Musicals, dramas
and comedies. One of the most important event being held in the theatre
is the North Caroline Shakespeare Festival from September to December.
The High Point Public Library boasts 400,000 titles which include books,
music recordings, periodicals, newspapers and a lot of other valuable
references. The Historic Castle McCulloch Gold Mill which was built in
1832 has evolved from a gold processing center into a special events
center. It also includes the Angela Peterson Doll and Miniature Museum
which is one of the largest doll and miniature museums in the south.