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North Carolina: The Furniture Capital

Most North Carolinians have at least heard that High Point, North Carolina is the “furniture capital of the world”. This has been true for over a century now. We’re about to delve a little deeper into the history that got North Carolina on the map.

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The furniture industry has played a major role in the state’s economy for over a century. The origins date as far back as the seventeenth century. Artisans of English ancestry began to settle across the state and they began producing furniture on a small scale. Early entrepreneurs focused on settling in the Piedmont┬áregion of North Carolina due to the fact the area was extremely well-suited for the furniture industry. This was because of an abundant wood supply from numerous hardwood forests, above-average railway and highway transportation opportunities and the availability of cheap labor. The central location of the Piedmont made High Point a natural shipping point for southern markets that desired inexpensive, well-made furniture.

Early entrepreneurs focused on settling in the Piedmont region of North Carolina due to the fact the area was extremely well-suited for the furniture industry. This was because of an abundant wood supply from numerous hardwood forests, above-average railway and highway transportation opportunities and the availability of cheap labor. The central location of the Piedmont made High Point a natural shipping point for southern markets that desired inexpensive, well-made furniture. By 1900 there were 44 furniture factories in High Point and the surrounding towns of Thomasville, Lexington, Salem, Marion, Mount Airy, Statesville, Hickory, and Greensboro.

The furniture market was booming for decades afterward. Unfortunately, in the late 1990s, foreign trade had a negative impact on North Carolina’s furniture business. Many factories were closed and workers were laid off. Despite this happening, North Carolina still remains a powerhouse in the furniture market.

The Furniture Capital Heard ‘Round The World

North Carolina’s furniture industry has carried the state’s name around the world. The industry has boosted the state’s economy as well. North Carolina may not be the producer it used to be, due to foreign competition, but it’s still going strong. It’s safe to say the High Point area is the place to go if you’re looking for the widest selection of furniture you can find. You might even find some antique furniture from a century ago at Back-N-The Day! Why not come check us out and see if we can’t find what you’re looking for?

 

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