Körner’s Folly: “The Strangest House in the World”
Image courtesy of Kӧrner’s Folly Foundation.
An architectural wonder can be seen and toured in Kernersville. Completed in 1880, Körner’s Folly was the home of Jule Gilmer Kӧrner and his family. A furniture and interior designer, Kӧrner used the house to showcase his designs. As a result, the house was continually improved and renovated until his death in 1924.
Körner’s Folly, which is located on the National Register of Historic Places, has three floors, seven levels, and twenty-two rooms. The house features fifteen fireplaces and ceiling heights that range from 5.5 to 25 feet. It is for these reasons, among others, that Körner’s Folly was deemed “The Strangest House in the World.”
An impressive site to tour during any season, Körner’s Folly is especially inviting — particularly for children — at Christmas. Families who visit the house between November 27 and January 2 will embark on a magical, Victorian-era adventure. Traversing corridors and stairways, adults and youth alike will enter each festooned room in wide-eyed amazement.
Cupid’s Park Theater, which is located in the attic, provides a special treat for children. On certain days, a puppet show entitled “The Night Before Christmas at Körner’s Folly” is presented. Following the performance, attendees can meet and speak with Santa Claus. Cameras, as well as advance tickets, are a must for this event.
In addition to daytime Christmas tours and special event puppet shows, Körner’s Folly also offers self-guided “Christmas by Candlelight Tours.” The warm glow of the house, the sound of carolers and a host of unique decorations immediately transport guests to a Victorian Christmas past. Many Piedmont residents have already made visiting Körner’s Folly a Christmas tradition. Perhaps this will be your year to do so too.
Körner’s Folly is located at 413 South Main Street in Kernersville. For more information regarding dates, times and fees, please visit kornersfolly.org or call 336-996-7922.
Interior view Kӧrner’s Folly image (middle, right) courtesy of Michael Blevins Photography. Puppet show image (bottom, left) courtesy of Kӧrner’s Folly Foundation.
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