What We Love About Hillsborough

What We Love About Hillsborough

In a world brimming with bustling cities and fast-paced living, there’s something enchanting about our little town that captivates the heart. Hillsborough, with its quaint historic streets, vibrant arts scene, serene landscapes, and thriving community spaces, has a magnetic charm that is hard to resist. With many reasons to fall head over heels for this gem of a town, we can’t help but share a few reasons to love Hillsborough.


1.  Family-Rooted Enterprises: Our charming small businesses don’t just start with a local touch—they’re deeply embedded in family values. From the cozy ambiance of Dwell Hillsborough to the unique finds at Re-invintage Home Decor, the buzzing activity at Bailey’s Bee Supply, and the creative haven of Anne & Arthur Art Supply, these establishments proudly carry the torch of family ownership.


2. Preservation in Full Bloom: Hillsborough stands as a living testament to the art of preservation. As you stroll along Churton and King streets or tuck in for a night’s stay at the Colonial Inn, the town’s dedication to preservation is evident. Collaborative efforts by community advocates like The Alliance for Historic Hillsborough and Preservation Hillsborough, alongside local stakeholders, ensure the safeguarding of architectural treasures and historical narratives for generations to come.


3. Heartfelt Community Spaces: The lush green spaces scattered throughout Hillsborough beckon both residents and visitors to revel in outdoor delights. Whether you’re meandering along the paved River Walk trail by the Eno River, letting your furry friends frolic at the Gold Park dog park, or immersing yourself in the tranquility of the new Wendy Olson Arboretum, these community spaces reflect the town’s commitment to fostering connections.


4. Culinary Adventures: Despite our town’s modest size, Hillsborough’s culinary scene is bursting with flavor. Savor Antonia’s delectable made-from-scratch pasta, indulge in freshly baked treats from Hillsborough Bake Shop, relish farm-to-table delights at the Wooden Nickel, delight in traditional pupusas from Samantha’s Pupusas, or savor the down-home goodness of Hillsborough BBQ—our diverse food scene is a celebration of culture.


5. Hillsborough Residents: While the term “Hillsborough-ians” may not be official, the diverse and unique individuals who call this town home truly make it extraordinary. From trailblazing scientist Kizzemekia Corbett to renowned author Lee Smith, Hillsborough has become a haven for artists, musicians, writers, and collectors. It’s not every day that one can get a drink poured by author and filmmaker Eryk Pruitt unless you stop by Hillsborough’s Yonder Southern Cocktails & Brew.


6. Racing Heritage: Move over, Charlotte Speedway! Hillsborough proudly houses the Occoneechee Speedway, one of the original founding NASCAR tracks. This historical dirt path, now accessible to the public, offers a glimpse into the town’s rich racing history and provides additional hiking trails for outdoor enthusiasts.


7. Empowered Women in Business: Celebrating our thriving women-owned and operated businesses! From fashionable finds at Say Wear to the vintage treasures at Uniquitques, the chic offerings of 108 Churton, pet-friendly delights at Paws at the Corner, and the charm of Purple Crow, these businesses exemplify the strength and creativity of women entrepreneurs in Hillsborough.


8. Family-Focused Festivities: Hillsborough knows how to throw a family-friendly party! From the musical talents showcased at the River Park Concert Series to the weekend excitement of Flushfest, historical experiences like Hillsborough Excursion Day and Revolutionary War Living History Day, and the lively art scene featuring First Fridays, Last Fridays, Solstice Lantern Walk, and the Handmade Parade—there’s an abundance of excitement for all ages. Make sure to check our events calendar for event listings!


9. Historical Exploration: Calling all history enthusiasts! Hillsborough’s historic partners invite you to unravel the town’s captivating stories of the past. Join guided walking tours of historic downtown, delve into the history of the enslaved at the Burwell School, explore the Scottish grounds of Ayr Mount, or walk the replica village of the Occaneechi. Don’t miss a visit to the Orange County Historical Museum to explore their collection of artifacts from Orange County’s past.


10. Eccentric Adventures: Seeking tales of haunting or fantasy? Hillsborough’s got you covered. Embark on a haunting journey with Enoch, the ghostly guide from Haunted Hillsborough Tours, and discover the darker side of the town through themed walking tours. For those with a penchant for the outlandish, immerse yourself in the Hillsborough ties to the famous Outlander series. Whether it’s a themed walking tour or the annual Scottish celebration at Outlandish Hillsborough Scottish Festival, there’s an adventure waiting.


11. Nature’s Playground: Hillsborough’s nature scene is unparalleled. Hike to the summit of Occoneechee Mountain, paddle along the Eno at Kings Highway Park, or explore the variety of activities and tot lots scattered across the town’s parks. Outdoor fun knows no bounds in Hillsborough, offering year-round enjoyment for all.