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Piedmont Triad, North Carolina
Greensboro-Winston-Salem-High_Point_CSA
Public DomainGreensboro-Winston-Salem-High_Point_CSA - Credit: Nyttend

The Piedmont region is located in the central part of North Carolina.  It is characterized by hills and slopes at the foot of the mountain region of North Carolina.  Some people refer to the Piedmont as a plateau because the region is the remains of past mountain chains that were eroded  over the years. 

Picking Cotton takes place in the Piedmont, specifically the Triad, which is an area whose main cities are High point, Greensboro and Winston-Salem.  Burlington is another main city, but it’s not as large as the other three.  The Triad is known for its textiles, tobacco and furniture.  The climate of the Triad is humid subtropical, meaning that the area experiences hot, humid summers and cool, mild winters. 

 

Winston-Salem
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeWinston-Salem - Credit: Barney Barnes