Historic Limestone Mantel
Mantel from the Adamsleigh Mansion
Adamsleigh was built for John Hampton “Hamp” Adams and his wife Elizabeth. Hamp Adams was a native of Adamsville, South Carolina and co-founder of Adams-Millis Corporation, the first company in High Point to be listed on the New York Stock Exchange. The family occupied a grand Italian Palazzo on North Main Street (now occupied by the Adams Inn) before commissioning their Sedgefield House. Plans were drawn in 1929, and finalized for construction the week of the October 29th “Black Tuesday” stock market crash. Upon completion, the family relocating from High Point to their Sedgefield estate they named “Adamsleigh” in 1931.
Adamsleigh was deigned by Luther Lashmit, a talented architect in the offices of Winston-Salem firm Northup-O’Brien. Lashmit was born in 1899 and trained at Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Institute of Technology and was a Fontainebleau scholar. He travelled extensively in England, France and Italy where he observed traditional architectural styles and techniques that he later applied to European-inspired homes for high-income clients. In High Point, he designed a Norman Revival mansion for hosiery baron Willis Slane and a Cotswold Tudor manor for hosiery manufacturer Comer Covington. In Winston-Salem, Lashmit’s best-known work is Graylyn, home of R. J. Reynolds president Bowman Gray. Adamsleigh is the only known work of Lashmit in Greensboro. Lashmit died in 1989