Kernersville, North Carolina

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Kernersville, North Carolina
"The Heart of the Triad"
Location in Forsyth County and the state of North Carolina
Location in Forsyth County and the state of North Carolina
Coordinates: 36°6′58″N 80°4′55″W / 36.11611°N 80.08194°W / 36.11611; -80.08194Coordinates: 36°6′58″N 80°4′55″W / 36.11611°N 80.08194°W / 36.11611; -80.08194[1]
CountryUnited States
StateNorth Carolina
CountiesForsyth, Guilford
 • MayorDawn H. Morgan[2]
 • Total17.89 sq mi (46.32 km2)
 • Land17.78 sq mi (46.04 km2)
 • Water0.11 sq mi (0.28 km2)
1,040 ft (317 m)
 • Total23,123
 • Estimate 
 • Density1,387.11/sq mi (535.57/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP codes
Area code(s)336
FIPS code37-35600[5]
GNIS feature ID0987932[6]

Kernersville is a town in Forsyth County and the largest suburb of Winston-Salem. The town is located in the U.S. state of North Carolina. A small portion of the town is also in Guilford County. The population was 23,123 at the 2010 census,[7] up from 17,126 at the 2000 census. Kernersville is located at the center of the Piedmont Triad metropolitan area, between Greensboro to the east, High Point to the south, and Winston-Salem to the west. Some of the farmland surrounding the town has been sold and turned into large middle-to-upper-class housing developments.

History, current events and popularity[edit]

The site was first settled by an Irishman named Caleb Story in 1756. Around 1770 the site was purchased by William Dobson and was called "Dobson's Crossroads". George Washington was served breakfast at Dobson's tavern on June 2, 1791. Joseph Kerner bought the property in 1817, continuing to operate the inn; the town became known as "Kerners Crossroads". Kerner left his property to two sons and a daughter. Not long after the arrival of the railroad, the town was incorporated as "Kernersville" in 1873.[8][9]

There was brief flirtation with relocating the Minnesota Twins to Kernersville in 1998.[10][11]

In 2001, NASCAR driver Kevin Harvick opened his shop in Kernersville. Kevin and his wife, Delana, were residents of Kernersville until 2007. Delana and her dad, former Nationwide Series driver John Linville, are natives of Kernersville.

In late 2005, President George W. Bush visited Kernersville's Deere-Hitachi plant to give a speech about the American economy.[citation needed] In the summer of 2008, former president Bill Clinton spoke at R. B. Glenn High school. He was campaigning for his wife, Hillary Clinton, in the Democratic primary.[citation needed]

Former basketball player Turner Battle is from Kernersville.

First Baptist Church, Kernersville Depot, Korner's Folly, Isaac Harrison McKaughan House, North Cherry Street Historic District, Roberts-Justice House, South Main Street Historic District, and Stuart Motor Company are all listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[12]


Starting in mid 2006, Century Park went under construction to rebuild the lake that had been drained years before due to a structural issue with its dam. The lake was restocked with fish and renovated, and the park is now accessible from Century Blvd with bathrooms and picnic areas. The project was finished in Spring 2008. Beginning in May 2009 the public is allowed to fish from the lake.

Starting in July 2008, North Main Street was closed through downtown Kernersville. Improvements included widening the road and adding parking along the street. North Main Street was reopened on October 2, 2008. Also, Century Blvd went under construction in the winter of 2008. The construction extended Century Place Blvd which allowed traffic from South Main St to Century Blvd. The construction was finished in January 2009.

The resident houses in the historical district on Salisbury St. were given an ordinance to renovate their homes to match the current renovations done to the roads leading into downtown along with the new bank and park added further downtown. The historical district includes the famous Körner's Folly built 1878–1880, and the Harmon House.

In 2012, complete reconstruction of the Salisbury Street overpass bridge over I-40 business was completed. The new bridge includes stone side walls, sidewalks, and light posts. That same year, new landscaping was put into place around the Main Street exit and entrance ramps from I-40 business. Also beginning in 2012, construction began to replace the Hastings Hill Road overpass bridge to I-40 business. The project is focused around replacing the outdated bridge as well as making the northern part of the road leading to the bridge a straight shot over I-40 business instead of the winding road it currently is. The project may include additional benefits such as exit/entrance ramps to I-40 business. Such access would eliminate the large distance between the closest exits (S. Main St. and Linville Rd.) and provide easier access for motorists to surrounding areas of the overpass.

Beginning in Fall 2013, road construction began to incorporate a traffic circle to the intersection of W. Bodenhamer St. and Dobson St. The project is focused around decreasing the traffic congestion of the intersection around heavy traffic times. The project is estimated to complete in mid-2014.

The intersection of Wallburg Road and Union Cross Road near Union Cross Park had been constructed to where motorists can simply head onto eastbound Union Cross Road and Wallburg Road which also featured installment of traffic lights.


Kernersville is located 10 miles (16 km) east of Winston-Salem and 17 miles (27 km) west of Greensboro. U.S. Route 421 is a four-lane freeway through the town, following the prior routing of Interstate 40 before that highway was moved to the south.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 17.4 square miles (45.1 km2), of which 17.3 square miles (44.9 km2) is land and 0.1 square miles (0.3 km2), or 0.63%, is water.[7]


Historical population
Census Pop.
2019 (est.)24,660[4]6.6%
U.S. Decennial Census[13]

As of the census[5] of 2010, there were 23,123 people, 7,286 households, and 4,663 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,415.7 people per square mile (546.5/km2). There were 7,950 housing units at an average density of 657.2 per square mile (253.7/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 84.11% White, 8.74% African American, 0.32% Native American, 1.26% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 4.33% from other races, and 1.19% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 7.36% of the population.

There were 7,286 households, out of which 31.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.3% were married couples living together, 11.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.0% were non-families. 30.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 8.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.31 and the average family size was 2.88.

In the town, the population was spread out, with 23.9% under the age of 18, 9.2% from 18 to 24, 33.8% from 25 to 44, 22.7% from 45 to 64, and 10.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females, there were 93.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.4 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $41,520, and the median income for a family was $52,266. Males had a median income of $36,777 versus $26,873 for females. The per capita income for the town was $23,506. About 6.3% of families and 8.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.6% of those under age 18 and 11.7% of those age 65 or over.


Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools serves the community.

Kernersville is served by five public elementary schools, three public middle schools, and two public high schools – Robert B. Glenn High School and East Forsyth High School. These public schools are all a part of the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools system. Kernersville is also home to four private schools, most prominently the Brookside Montessori School and Triad Baptist Christian Academy,[14] as well as Bishop McGuinness Catholic High School. Oak Ridge Military Academy is located in nearby Oak Ridge, North Carolina. Kernersville also contains a branch of Forsyth Technical Community College. Numerous colleges and universities are located within easy driving distance of Kernersville, including Salem College, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem State University, Bennett College, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Greensboro College, Guilford College, Guilford Technical Community College and North Carolina A&T State University, Piedmont International University, and High Point University.

The Piedmont Triad Japanese School (ピードモントトライアド補習中授業校 Pīdomonto Toraiado Hoshū Jugyō Kō), a weekend Japanese school, previously held its classes in Kernersville.[15]


The Piedmont Triad International Airport in Greensboro serves as the region's main airport.[citation needed] US 421 serves as the main east and west freeway in the town.

Future expressway[edit]

The Kernersville Loop Road is a planned beltway that will go around Kernersville. The loop would connect existing roads by turning them into expressways and constructing other portions to connect said roads. Beginning in Fall 2013, construction on the beltway began on Macy Grove by turning the portion between the US 421 interchange and the interchange with Mountain Street into an expressway. Construction of the new interchanges and section was finished in 2015. Construction on the other section north of the Mountain Street began in 2018. The new section would use a major portion of Smith Edwards Road. Construction on the section was finished in October 2020 giving NC 150 drivers a bypass for said drivers going in town or surrounding areas. More construction is expected soon.[16]


Korner's Folly was built 1878–1880 by Jule Körner, a grandson of Joseph Kerner, the town's namesake. It is now a tourist attraction, as a result of its very unusual design and architecture, featuring 22 rooms on seven levels, and 15 decorated fireplaces. It also houses what is said to be the first private Little Theatre in the U.S., dating to 1896. The house has been featured in The New York Times (March 10, 2006), in Southern Living Magazine (May 2004), and in a televised Our State Magazine production, among others. A model of the house was made into an ornament to represent North Carolina on the White House Christmas Tree in 2001.[17]

In the fall, Fourth of July Park hosts the annual Honeybee Festival.[18]

The Paul J. Ciener Botanical Garden is located at 215 South Main Street in the historical district.[19]

The Town of Kernersville has partnered with the Kernersville Cycling Club to create a park dedicated to mountain biking, the Mountain Bike Single Track Park. The park (located on Smith Edwards Road) was dedicated in the spring of 2013 with a grand opening ceremony.[citation needed]

The town is home to a farmers market, the Kernersville Farmers Market. It is open Wednesdays and Saturdays from May through October.[citation needed]

Kernersville Museum and the Kernersville Depot (1873 Train Depot): The Kernersville Museum Foundation began in 2013. The Kernersville Museum is located at 127 West Mountain Street and focuses on the history of the town of Kernersville. The 1873 Train Depot is the original Train Depot in Kernersville. It was refurbished by the town and completed in 2009.[citation needed]

Skate World Roller Skating Rink opened in 1966 and still skates families today.[20]

Notable people[edit]


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