Historic Timeline

In 1786 pioneers from Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Delaware established the Pleasant Garden Methodist Episcopal Church, today know as Pleasant Garden United Methodist Church. People gathered for worship in homes until 1792 when they purchased land. It is the second oldest Methodist congregation in Guilford County.

Bishop Francis Asbury, regarded as the Father of Methodism in America, visited Pleasant Garden in 1798 and 1800. On both occasions Asbury stayed at the home of Daniel Sherwood. Sherwood’s wife, Frances, is buried in the Pleasant Garden Cemetery and has the oldest legible marker dated 1806.

Bishop Asbury visited resident William Field during his 1800 visit to Pleasant Garden. Field was selected in 1771 and 1774 as one of the first two representatives from Guilford County to the General Assembly. Field helped organize the Regulator movement in Guilford County. During the Revolutionary War he fought and was captured, along with most of his regiment, at the Battle of Alamance in 1771. In exchange for freedom, prisoners were forced to sign an oath of allegiance to the Crown. Field held to his oath and remained loyal to the British government. He organized a Loyalist regiment and commanded several companies, many from southern Guilford County. At the Battle of Moore’s Creek Bridge, Colonel Field was once again captured, and his land confiscated.

William Shannon was another Pleasant Garden resident who was captured and had his land confiscated. Following the War, soldiers could regain their property if they would guarantee loyalty to the state. Ultimately, William Shannon’s property, in the heart of town, was returned to him.

1792 - William Shannon sold one acre of land to the Pleasant Garden Methodist Episcopal Church, which he helped organize.

1841 – Pleasant Garden opened its first post office in the home of Fredrick Fentriss. Fentriss was listed as the first postmaster and the post office was also named Fentriss. The Fentriss home, on Hunt Road, still stands as one of the oldest homes in town. Fredrick Fentriss owned a great deal of property in the community. Our township was given the name Fentress in his honor, spelling errors being common at that time.

1869 – Pleasant Garden Male and Female Academy, sometimes called the Pleasant Garden Boarding School, was started by the Methodist Church. It was built where Pleasant Garden Elementary School stands. Mr. and Mrs. W. D. Ross donated land for the school. The Ross family dates back to the late 1700s and are direct ancestors of Governor Jim Hunt.

1876 – The post office name was officially changed to Pleasant Garden.

1905 – The Boarding School became Pleasant Garden High School. Fentress Township residents were among the first in the state to vote to pay a special tax to establish a public high school.

1907 – Pleasant Garden became one of only two state standard high schools in Guilford County (the other being in Jamestown.) Being one of only a few accredited schools in the Piedmont attracted students from Guilford and surrounding counties.

1914 - Dormitories were built to house students. The girls’ dormitory was located next to the school. The boys’ dormitory was about a block to the west. The girls’ dormitory was demolished in 1954. The boys’ dormitory is today a private residence on Laurel Knoll Dr.

1921 – First roads into town were paved.

1945 – Eugene D. Idol was named Superintendent of the Guilford County School System. He retired in 1959. He had served as principal at Pleasant Garden for 16 years.

1948 – Boren Brick Co. & Founders Furniture Co. (now Hooker Furniture Co.) were established as the two major industries in the town.

1952 – Pleasant Garden Volunteer Fire Department was organized.

1954 - Pleasant Garden opened the first public kindergarten in the county under the leadership of Robert Ayers who served as principal for 28 years.

1962 – Pleasant Garden High School ceased operation when several schools were consolidated to form Southeast Guilford High School.

1962 – Pleasant Garden Community Center was organized to provide recreational opportunities for youth and adults.

1997 – The Town was incorporated







Town of Pleasant Garden
"Remembering the Past, While Moving Towards the Future"

Kirkman Municipal Building/Town Hall
 4920 Alliance Church Road , Post Office Box 307
Pleasant Garden, NC 27313
Phone: (336) 674-3002      Fax: (336) 674-0923