This year-round wonderland really shines at holiday time with folklore and tradition; Take a peek inside Körners Folly.
“There’s nothing else like it in North Carolina, and at Christmas, it becomes even more extravagant.”
Not only does this house boast having 22 rooms, three stories and seven levels, but it also houses 15 fireplaces and a private theater, believed to be one of the oldest private theaters in the nation, Körners Folly has been open to the public as a tourist attraction for years. Built in 1878, this Victorian-era spectacle is transformed with floor-to-ceiling garland, lights, live holiday music and Christmas trees in nearly every room during the fall and winter.
Its many unusual architectural elements reflect the extraordinary imagination of its creator. Tours and special events promise visitors of all ages holiday cheer and an unforgettable experience while being transported to architect, interior designer and painter Jule Gilmer Körner’s world of extravagance. Civic groups, private citizens and individual donors volunteer to “adopt” rooms and decorate the house.
“It’s an amazing house full interesting architectural details. “There’s nothing else like it in North Carolina, and at Christmas, it becomes even more extravagant,” says Dale Pennington, executive director of Körners Folly.
After 7 years on the job, Dale says the Reception Room is her favorite. Victorian design is widely viewed as a grand excess of ornament. The Victorian era is marked by an eclectic revival of styles in furniture, fittings and interior decoration while every surface is filled with objects that reflect the owner’s interests. Thanks to the Körner’s Folly Foundation, the dedicated holiday tradition will continue while preserving the home for educational and entertainment purposes as well.
Körner’s Folly is at 413 S. Main St. in Kernersville. For more info on tours and events, call 336.996.7922 or visit KornersFolly.org.