Hillsborough is no ordinary southern small town.

Its scenic beauty, graceful architecture spanning three centuries, lively arts and culture scene, and convenient location provide a charming getaway for the day - or longer.

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Hillsborough is a close and easy getaway.

From Distance Time
Asheville 212 miles 3 hours
Chapel Hill 12 miles 20 minutes
Charlotte 131 miles 2 hours
Durham 14 miles 18 minutes
Greensboro 42 miles 43 minutes
Greenville, SC 229 miles 3.5 hours
Morehead City 190 miles 3.25 hours
Nags Head 226 miles 4 hours
Raleigh 38 miles 43 minutes
Richmond, VA 163 miles 2.5 hours
Wilmington 170 miles 2.5 hours
Winston-Salem 68 miles 1 hour

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Do you have your tickets yet for “On the Banks of the Eno”, happening this weekend at the old courthouse? Funds from this new play by Seymour Playwrights will benefit @orangehistorync . 
“On the Banks of the Eno” is a courtroom drama set in 1930s segregated Hillsborough, NC. Young teacher Virginia Curtis is on trial for the murder of Harold Campbell, the father of one of her students. The bloody crime scene by the Eno River implicates Virginia. Her attorney is a black man, and the gossips of the town can hardly stop chiming in, but facts quickly emerge that confound the prosecution.
@strikeanywhere.nyc is taking over our social! Check out our Instagram Stories and Highlights for more info and behind the scenes look at #PopUpHillsborough.

Thank you community partners for making this possible: @ohs_theatre @orangehighschoolbands @ocncarts @enoriverfarmersmarket @hillsboroughnc @weaverstreetmarket and to all of the 60+ community members interviewed including @hillsboroughnc_mayor! Our students thank you for your stories, and hope you’ll come see your dreams animated at our shows, Saturday May 7, 1:00 and 6:00 PM. 

Tickets: ohstheatre.com
The Occaneechi Replica Village Rededication event this past Saturday was a wonderful event! Thank you to the Occaneechi Band of the Saponi Nation for hosting it, as well as all of the volunteers and everyone who had a hand in making this event happen. Be sure to check out https://obsn.org/ for more information about the Occaneechi Band of the Saponi Nation, including events and a shop.
Happy Earth Day! Did you know that the first Earth Day took place in 1970 following the publication of "Silent Spring" by Rachel Carson, which raised public awareness for the environment and the links between pollution and public health?

In 2016, Hillsborough became the 35th city to be named a Bee City USA. Bee sure to check out our Bee Hotel and pollinator garden in Gold Park, and our many natural areas like our Riverwalk, pictured here!
This Saturday, April 23rd: Join tribal members and community volunteers for a ceremonial rededication of the Occaneechi Replica Village from 1-3pm. The event will be held in River Park, located behind the Eno River Farmers Market in downtown Hillsborough. It is free and open to the public. 

The event is sponsored by the Occaneechi Band of the Saponi Nation, Orange County, and the Alliance for Historic Hillsborough.
This Thursday, April 21st at 5:30pm, @orangehistorync is hosting “Letters From Red Farm with Elizabeth Emerson.”

Award-winning artist and Chapel Hill resident Elizabeth Emerson will share the story of the 40-year friendship between Helen Keller and her great-great grandfather, Joseph Edgar Chamberlain, a renowned columnist, essayist, and editor.

This exciting event will be held at Eagle Lodge #19 and will also be live streamed if you wish to attend virtually!
@historichillsborough's guided walking tours are back! Available 4/30 and 5/21, experience a guided walking tour of downtown Hillsborough. The tour begins at the Hillsborough Visitors Center, located in the eighteenth century Alexander Dickson Farm House, and guides visitors to a variety of historic places from the site of a 1790s African American-owned distillery to the 1840s Orange County Courthouse and the grave of one of North Carolina's signers of the Declaration of Independence. Go to https://bit.ly/hborotours for tickets and more information!
The @enoriverfarmersmarket opened with regular season hours this morning! From now until November, the farmers market will be open 8 am - noon on Saturdays. Stop by for live music, over 30 regular vendors, handmade crafts, and fresh food and goods!
Flowers are blooming at the Hillsborough Visitors Center! Stop by to check out our garden, gift shop, and resources. We're open Monday-Saturday, 10am-4pm, and Sunday 12pm-4pm!
Last Fridays start back up tomorrow! Hosted by the Hillsborough Arts Council with support from the Town of Hillsborough Tourism Board, full programming for Last Fridays & the Art Walk occur on the last Friday of each month, March – November 2022, from 6-9 PM! Activities span both the historic downtown area and Nash Street’s West End.
On Tuesday, March 15th, join the Alliance for Historic Hillsborough and local author Amanda Boyd for a zoom event on Boyd's first book "Collective History" about the Colonial Inn. To register, please visit https://eventbrite.com/e/collective-history-book-talk-with-author-amanda-boyd-tickets-265176549197.
Do you recognize this porch? Nancy Dickson, daughter of Alexander and Elizabeth Dickson, stands on the porch of the Dickson House - now home to the Visitors Center. March is Women's History Month, and Hillsborough is home to countless amazing and accomplished women. Learn about some of them through The Women of Hillsborough Walking Tour by @historichillsborough, and stop by the Visitors Center to learn more about Nancy and other Hillsborough women. 

#visithillsboroughnc #womenshistorymonth
Did you see the 2022 James Beard Foundation Award Semifinalists have been announced - and our very own Aaron Vandemark of @panciutorestaurant is on the list for best chef! Congratulations!! 🎉🥳⁠
Click here to see the rest of the semifinalists: https://bit.ly/3Inn6uu
The life and accomplishments of Hillsborough's Henry Evans (1817-1886) are important to acknowledge during #blackhistorymonth . Henry Evans was born into freedom and was a cabinet and carriage maker. His workshop and cabinet store was located across from the Old Courthouse until 1853 when it was sold at auction. Evans moved to Oberlin, Ohio in the mid-1850s, where his family became well-known abolitionists, becoming a part of the underground railroad and participating in John Brown’s raid on Harpers Ferry. Even though many in the family were born free in North Carolina, it is said that the large Evans family left North Carolina due to the state’s poor treatment of free Blacks. The original building of Evan's store, located on the corner of King and Churton Streets, was said to have been destroyed by a fire.⁠
Take a look at @historichillsborough 's website for a full walking tour of Hillsborough's African American history!⁠
Are you ready for this year's Revolutionary War Day? On March 5th you can watch shooting demonstrations by British soldier reenactors, cooking demonstrations and games by historical interpreters, and much more! Author Suzanne Adair will be on site at the Hillsborough Visitor Center selling and signing her Hillsborough based Revolutionary War series.⁠
Stay tuned for details on events happening at @burwellschoolhistoricsite and @orangehistorync!⁠
In recognition of #blackhistorymonth, we want to share with you some of the important African American history behind Reed's Ordinary, which is right across from the Visitor Center! Reed’s Ordinary originally belonged to the local sheriff, William Reed. Often referred to as Seven Hearths because of its seven fireplaces, the house has also twice served as a tavern. The creek at the back of the lot is called the Stillhouse Branch, as freedman Africa Parker operated a legal still on the creek that served many local taverns. Africa Parker was given his freedom through the Hillsborough courts in 1799 by his owner William Cain. In his emancipation trial, Cain, who is thought to have been a Quaker (Quakers typically were against slavery), testified that he wanted to give Parker his freedom because he was “honest and faithful.” After his emancipation, Parker went into the distillery business with Cain. It is interesting to note that Parker could read and write, which was rare for a freedman at the time, and often wrote “freed man” after his signature. ⁠
Take a look at @historichillsborough 's website for a full walking tour of Hillsborough's African American history!⁠
In recognition of #blackhistorymonth, we want to highlight the removed African American community which once stood where a portion of the Riverwalk stands today. After the Civil War, African Americans created their own thriving community along the banks of the Eno River with businesses such as a parsonage, cobbler, funeral home, and boarding house, along with residential homes. Mt Bright Church also originally stood here until it was moved to its current location on West Union Street.  When the Churton Street Bridge was built in the 1960s, these homes and businesses were displaced and destroyed. While the buildings are no longer standing, the current park is a reminder of the vibrant Black community that once stood here. ⁠
Be sure to check out Hillsborough's African American History Walking Tour on the @historichillsborough 's website!
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