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The History Enthusiast.

376 St Marys Rd, Hillsborough, NC 27278

150 E. King Street, Hillsborough, NC 27278

Churton Street

101-117 W Union St, Hillsborough, NC 27278, USA

Tour the Ayr Mount

376 St Marys Rd, Hillsborough, NC 27278
2 hours

Tour a federal style plantation house with rich history and beautiful antique furniture. Then walk the grounds on the beautiful Poet’s Walk surrounding the property.

*Check tour times ahead of time*

376 St Marys Rd, Hillsborough, NC 27278

Explore the Alexander Dickson House and Visitors Center

150 E. King Street, Hillsborough, NC 27278
30 minutes

Visit a 1790’s Quaker Farm House with an important role in Civil War history. Tour temporary exhibits, and watch a short video on the history of Hillsborough and Orange County.

The Alexander Dickson House is also home to the town’s visitors center so while you’re here, grab some downtown maps and a self guided walking tour booklet.

 

150 E. King Street, Hillsborough, NC 27278

Self Guided Downtown Tour

Churton Street 2 hours

Take a leisurely stroll downtown to see other historic sites, all within walking distance, like the Regulator Hanging Site, St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, and the Old Town Cemetery.

Churton Street

Tour the Burwell School

Learn Elizabeth Keckley's Story

101-117 W Union St, Hillsborough, NC 27278, USA
2 hours

After exploring some of Hillsborough’s history on your downtown stroll, find your way to the Burwell School, a 19th century school for girls, operated by the Rev. and Robert Burwell from 1837 – 1857. One of the most famous people to have lived here was Elizabeth Hobbs Keckly. She spent six years as an enslaved servant here. Years later she bought her freedom and became a successful dressmaker and confidante of Mary Todd Lincoln.

101-117 W Union St, Hillsborough, NC 27278, USA