The Alliance for Historic Hillsborough works to share Hillsborough’s history with residents and visitors. There are several in-person, virtual, and self-guided events coming up.
Upcoming events with Alliance for Historic Hillsborough
The Trading Road to the Catawba and Cherokee
Wednesday, July 28th, 2021
12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
This will be a narrated slideshow about the Trading Road shown on the 1733 Moseley Map of NC. There is no record of any court ordered wagon roads in the backcountry at the time Moseley made his map, yet there it is, arcing like Interstate 85 across the Carolina Piedmont. Research into this peculiarity surfaced a good deal of information about when this road was pioneered, by whom, and why it was built. That information provides the core of the presentation and will open up possibilities for discussing who used it after it was built.
Churton Street History Stroll
Saturday, August 14th, 2021
Weaver Street Market
228 South Churton Street, Hillsborough
Journey back in time, walking the centuries-old streets of Hillsborough, North Carolina. The four-block, in-person walking tour will travel the remarkable history of this unique southern town, beginning in the 1600s. . Your tour guide, Barney Caton, explores local events which shaped the nation and key figures such as Billy Strayhorn, Moses Curtis, Elizabeth Keckly, and William Graham, whose legacies reach beyond Orange County.
History of Freemasonry in North Carolina
Wednesday, August 18th, 2021
12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Hear about their role at Hillsborough’s Constitutional Convention of 1788. And take a behind-the-scenes tour of the nearly two-hundred-year-old Masonic Hall. Among the oldest masonic temples in the United States and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Hall has had countless uses, including a school, hospital, astronomical observatory, and opera house. It has also been home to Eagle Lodge #19 since its completion in 1825.
Hillsborough African-American Heritage Self-Guided Walking Tour
The Alliance for Historic Hillsborough has put together a self-guided African-American Heritage Walking Tour.
This walking tour offers a small glimpse into the vibrant and profound African American community that has flourished in Hillsborough, despite race laws, segregation, and discrimination throughout the history of North Carolina.
You can take the tour at your leisure and your own pace, and, of course, there’s no charge for it.
Just use Alliance for Historic Hillsborough’s page on the tour as your guide.
Please follow the above link to learn about the significance of each of these tour stops:
- Still Branch, 157 E King Street
- The Old Courthouse, 104 E King Street
- Colonial Inn, 153 E King Street
- Removed Community, 140 E Margaret Lane
- Billy Strayhorn Market, 226 S Churton Street
- Henry Evans Workshop and Store, 100 W King Street
- Margaret Lane Cemetery, 218 Calvin Street
- Osbunn Theater, 122 W King Street
- Orange County Historical Museum, 201 N Churton Street
- Burwell School, 219 N Churton Street
- Hillsborough Elementary School, 402 N Nash Street
- St. James Lodge Masonic Temple, 210 W Orange Street
- Mr. Bright Baptist Church, 211 W Union Street
Alliance for Historic Hillsborough has also put together these other self-guided walking tours:Subscribe to Triangle on the Cheap