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c. 1880 Eclectic
"The Strangest House in the World" as described in 1997 by Preservation magazine. This undeniably unique house is a creative wonder of artistry, workmanship, and design. Located in Kernersville, the Heart of the Triad, Korner's Folly is the showcase home of decorator, designer, and painter Jule Gilmer Korner. Famous for the creation of, and the painting of Bull Durham bulls across the U.S., Jule was the head of a growing interior decoration business, at the age of 27, when he began to build his combination bachelor's quarters, artist's studio, office, billiard room, carriage house and stables, in 1878. Before long, neighbors and passersby were stopping to gaze at this strange structure rising toward the sky. It is said that one such day, a cousin to Jule was passing by and paused, he then made the comment to one of the construction workers, 'Twenty years from now, this house will surely be Jule Korner's folly." The construction worker repeated the comment to Jule, thinking he could stir a family riff, but the quick witted Jule was so charmed by this description, he chose to call his home Korner's Folly. The name is even set in the tiles outside the front door.
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Archived in October, 2010