The days may be shorter but our nights are brighter...


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

What type of adventurer are you?

Explore Hillsborough using self-guided tours.

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Dr. Milteer’s book, “Beyond Slavery’s Shadow”, is now available at the Visitor Center gift shop and online! Pick up your signed copy today here:

We hope everyone is enjoying this snow day as much as the visitor center piggy! ❄️🐷 Stay safe and warm!
On January 20, 2022, at 7pm, the Orange County Historical Museum, Alliance for Historic Hillsborough, and Burwell School Historic Site will be joining together to present a program by UNC Greensboro Assistant Professor of History, Warren E. Milteer Jr. The talk examines the lives of free persons of color in North Carolina.

Dr. Milteer’s innovative study of the topic demonstrates that from the colonial period through Reconstruction, conceptions of race in North Carolina were complex and fluid, defying easy characterization. He reveals that although many white people tried to limit the opportunities and civil liberties enjoyed by free people of color, the two groups often interacted – praying together, working the same land, and occasionally sharing households and starting families.

Please contact manager@orangehistorync.org with any questions.
This Monday, January 17th, is the Northern Orange Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration!
Join the car parade starting at Efland Cheeks and ending with a program at Lattisville Grove Missionary Baptist Church beginning at 11:00am. Cost: $10 per car
Registration info here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/867072233830164
This Saturday, January 8th, the Alliance for Historic Hillsborough is sponsoring the Churton Street History Stroll, led by Barney Caton. 

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. 

Tours are $15 per ticket; tours begin at 3pm and will last 2 hours. Each tour will be limited to 20 participants and will meet on the concrete pad of Riverpark, across the street from Weaver Street market. Guests have access to free parking at the parking deck next to Weaver Street Market, the Riverpark Pavillion, or any street parking available. Please wear comfortable shoes and bring water. Masks are required. Register at www.historichillsborough.org.
This is a reminder that the Letters to Santa event has been moved to tomorrow, Sunday December 12th from 12:30-2:00 pm due to today’s rain forecast. 

Folks are able to drop off their letters to Santa in person and say hi from afar.
The Hillsborough Holiday Wreath Stroll is now live! Go to  www.historichillsborough.org to download!
Don’t forget the Light Up The Night Hillsborough Holiday Parade is happening *tomorrow* at 4pm!! Hosted by @hborochamber, the parade will travel through downtown Hillsborough and will culminate with the annual tree lighting ceremony and community sing. This is an event you don’t want to miss!
Baby it’s cold outside! Warm up with some Southern Poutine cheese fries @thecolonialinnhillsborough now open for lunch!
Don’t forget to #shopsmall today! Hillsborough is home to many local boutiques, gift shops, and artisans and we hope you check them out today! Check out @hborochamber for a list of local businesses participating in Small Business Saturday.
The new mural by artists @richardnickel and @christopher.revels at @newsoforange is looking especially beautiful today!
“The Awesome Adventures of Minnie Brown” by @orangehistorync is on sale now at the Hillsborough Visitor Center! Learn about the history of Orange County through Minnie Brown, a collie puppy with a big imagination. 
Stop by the Visitor Center Wednesday-Sunday, 10-4 to pick up a copy! Also available at the Orange County Historical Museum and on Amazon.com.
On Tuesday, November 30th, join the Alliance for Historic Hillsborough as they host Occaneechi historian Lawrence Dunmore to discuss the history of the Occaneechi in the 1600 and 1700s. Learn about how the tribe traded, lived, and interacted with one another in the colonial era in Orange County.
Cheers to Friday! What are your weekend plans? #visithillsborough 

📷 credit: @woodennickelpub
Get Zen-tered. Check out a few of Hillsborough's Top Yoga Spots. #visithillsborough

1. @yonderbarnc : Yoga at Yonder every other Sunday led by @poewellness Next session AUGUST 8TH 1:30 - 2:30 (space is limited). 

2. @monarchmovementco : Free Yoga @enoriverfarmersmarket - Keep an eye on this crew as their new studio is set to open in September. 

3. A Step To Health: Instructors AnnMarie Yoga, Tsyr Han Chow, and Pat Dillon provide in-studio and virtual classes! Talk about flexibility. 

4. @cedarwalkwellness: Community Yoga programs were launched this month. Follow them for upcoming event details. 

Photo Credit: @yonderbarnc

#yoga #wellness #fitness
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