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.
Virtual Lunch and Learn
The organization is offering free “Lunch and Learn” tours on Zoom. Follow the link for each to register.
Walking Tour of Historic Hillsborough
Wednesday, April 28th, 2021
12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Join tour guide Cheryl Sobnosky on a walking tour through historic Hillsborough. Established in 1754 as the seat of government for Orange County, Hillsborough’s colonial legacy and signs of its importance in North Carolina and American history can be seen throughout the town. Follow along with Cheryl as she points out some of Hillsborough’s historic highlights.
Wednesday, May 26th, 2021
12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
RegisterBetty Eidenier will lead you on an imaginary walk from the Eno River up Churton Street as it was in 1850. Along the way, you will meet Anna Burwell, Maria Nash, Job Berry, Hugh Waddell, John Berry, Lemuel Lynch. Eliza Chavious, Umstead Mayo, the Burwell boys, and others out and about on this fine May morning in Hillsborough.
Wednesday, June 16th, 2021
12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
RegisterJoin award-winning teacher Ken Ostrand as we Zoom around one of Hillsborough’s often overlooked treasures, the Old Town Cemetery. An archaeologist by training, Dr. Ostrand, will uncover some oft-overlooked people and some of the archaeological evidence that landed the Cemetery on the National Register of Historic Places. A Signer of the Declaration of Independence, a vice-presidential candidate, and State Supreme Court Chief Justice will stand in contrast to the many children who died of diseases before their time.
Dr. Ostrand was the leader of the 2015-18 effort to clean, restore and study the Old Town Cemetery.
Revolutionary War Living History Day
Hillsborough’s annual Revolutionary War Living History Day takes place Saturday, May 8th, 2021, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. During this time you re-enactors will be around the Hillsborough Visitors Center, 150 East King Street. In addition, there will be dancers, tours and interactive activities. Free tours will also be offered at The Burwell School Historic Site, 319 N. Churton Street, and, the Orange County Historical Museum, 201 N. Churton Street.Read more about this event here.
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
Upcoming Events in the Triangle -- both virtual and in-personCheck out our full events calendar, where you can enter any date, or look at the events for the next few days here:
Friday, May 14, 2021
Saturday, May 15, 2021
Sunday, May 16, 2021