Piedmont (North Carolina)
Piedmont is the central flat region in North Carolina.
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The Piedmont is, in more ways than one, a transitional zone. It is located in between the Deep South (the Hollywood version of Southern culture) and the Mid-Atlantic coastline. It also represents a gradual transition from the Appalachian mountain range toward the coastal area. Therefore it seems rather "in-the-middle" culturally and politically. Standard rules of Southern culture -- pronounced etiquette, slower speech patterns, relatively conservative social standards -- are present, but not nearly as overbearing for visitors as one might expect to find in other areas.
Due to the strong banking industry, mild climate, and natural resources, it has become a desirable destination for companies and families to relocate from the Northeast and Midwest.
English is standard in almost all areas. Some districts have become bilingual due to the recent influx of Spanish-speaking immigrants; these areas tend to be clustered around the urban centers. It is very difficult to get along outside the urban areas without conversational English skills.
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Old Salem- Visit this 1800 style neighborhood and check out the college.Learn how to make corn pancakes and play old fashion games.
Tour Greensboro's historic Blandwood Mansion, have lunch at one of several restaurants on South Elm Street (three blocks east), then visit art and antique galleries along South Elm Street between Elm and Lee streets. 5 hours.
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