Start at the Orange County...
Start at the Orange County Visitors Center, which is located at 150 East King Street in the historic Alexander Dickson House. The Visitors Center is open seven days a week: Mon.-Sat., 10am-4pm, and Sun., 1-4pm. It offers free literature and tour information on historic Hillsborough and central and northern Orange County, and is operated by the Alliance for Historic Hillsborough... In 1767, Orange County was the most populated county in the North Carolina colony, with an area so large that the northern boundary extended to the Virginia line. The boundaries for Hillsborough were laid out in 1754, where the Great Indian Trading Path crossed the Eno River. Known as the 'capital of the back country,' Hillsborough was the scene of many dramatic events taking place prior to the Revolutionary War. It is the site of the trial and hanging of the Regulators, who staged an uprising to protest taxes, corrupt officials and non-representation. It is also the site of the momentous Constitutional Convention of 1788 where delegates demanded a Bill of Rights before they would ratify the U.S. Constitution. Equally important is Hillsborough's place in Civil War history. The town's visitor center once served as the headquarters for General Johnston, who negotiated his surrender to General Sherman, leading to the end of the Civil War... Today, Hillsborough encompasses residential neighborhoods, the large historic district and a considerable number of retail and business areas that emphasize antiques and craft shopping. Hillsborough is often called 'a museum without walls'. Its historic district is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and it has more than 100 late 18th and early 19th century structures still standing. The only complete set of Colonial weights and measures in the U.S. can also be found at the Orange County Historical Museum. The Old Orange County Courthouse, built in 1844, has been cited by the Library of Congress as one of the finest examples of Greek-Revival architecture in the United States. And just outside of town is the beautiful Ayr Mount (c. 1815), one of the finest Federal Era plantation houses in America (meticulously restored by Richard Jenrette).
The rolling hills remind me of...
The rolling hills remind me of the Texas hill country, Daniel Boone Centre, The Colonial Inn, The house tour of pre/post revolutionary war period, Bennet Place, the surrender of the last Confederate Army. The peacefull countryside, the barbecue, Pig Day,
HOME...or SOMETHING LIKE IT
"We called it Home"
This was my favorite house, out in the country on plenty of land. We kept horses here and had nothing around us for miles. You could sit on the back deck on summer nights and watch the fireflies dance. This is no longer the family home, but I haven't got pics of the new one yet. I'll revisit this page in the coming months and update a bit. I know you are all just holding your breath. ;-)
"THE BIG little TOWN"
Hillsborough...well, it's home for now, at any rate. A quiet little historical town that until recently was a happy near-secret, tucked away very near Durham and Chapel Hill. It has been "discovered" by the yuppies in the last few years and so earned a new status it never before enjoyed. This, of course, means that the property taxes have soared to a level that makes it hard for the native townspeople to keep their homes, while 'upgrading' the town itself to registry on the historical docket.
There is one real " Main street" in town, strangely given another name. The best thing about this little road is that by the time I am on it, I am only 15 minutes away from HOME. Sure, there's a 24-hour SUPER-WALMART on the other side of the highway, a few little artsy shops and even a gourmet coffee shop--yep, we hit the almost -bigtime ( no Starbucks yet )-- but even the three stoplights along the strip cannot keep me. My home in the country is calling. Besides, if you stop for too long, it gives the townspeople something to talk about...you know small towns, anywhere...
Sal Esadmin's Page on Hillsborough, NC
Hillsborough, the seat of Orange County, was the scene of many dramatic events prior to the Revolutionary War and during the Civil War. Its lovely downtown historic district--often called a "museum without walls"--features more than 100 late 18th and early 19th century homes, churches and buildings, several of which are open to the public. Because it's compact and very scenic, it's a perfect place to take a leisurely walking tour. The town also has a thriving antiques center with more than 30 shops, an active Native-American community and arts, history and business organizations that love to sponsor festivals. The largest is the annual Hog Day Festival at which more than 15,000 people enjoy more than two tons of North Carolina barbecue!