Hillsborough is a beautiful charming little town rich in history, architecture and agriculture with some colorful and delightful residents and a location central and convenient to the entire Triangle. The early settlers founded Hillsborough in 1754 on land at the juncture of the Great Indian Trading Path and the Eno River. As the Colonial capital of North Carolina Hillsborough played an important role in the political rebellion of the Regulators, hosted the third Provincial Congress in 1775, was the site of the constitutional Convention in 1778, and the home of several royal and elected governors.
Today the historic markers indicate the sites of Regulators being hung for their rebellion and various area historical events, the old town cemetery dates back to 1757, and the home of William Hooper still stands. Hooper was one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence and the Nash-Hooper home is just one of the hundred plus homes within the Historic District that dates back to the late 18th and early 19th century.
The old homes have been restored to their early grace and beauty and
are surrounded by flowering shrubs, huge shade trees
and century old English boxwoods. You can see these homes by
taking walking tours;
in addition, the interior of many of these homes can be viewed during
the Christmas Candlelight Tour. For the gardeners in the crowd, the grounds
can be fully enjoyed on the Spring
Garden Tour. Those of you just visiting while shopping for a home
can find accommodations at a variety of
local hotels or you can
check out one of the several area
Bed and Breakfast locations.
Hillsborough has a population of less than 6000. The rich farmland is not only beautiful, it is perfect horse country. The quick access to Chapel Hill, Durham, and Research Triangle Park recently made by the junction of I-40 and I-85, and the charm of the historic district is spurring the town’s growth. Regional farmland adds the perk of a Farmer’s Market. The market, in town twice a week, is a truly wonderful resource where you can purchase fresh fruit and vegetables. The local farmers will be happy to share a few tips if you want to give growing something a try on your own. Along with the farmers and descendants of the original inhabitants, the residents now include famous writers and artist, corporate executives and all those that have discovered the joy and serenity of life in Hillsborough.