North of Chapel Hill, the quaint historic Town of Hillsborough is home to less than 6,000 residents. Hillsborough NC real estate is nestled in a charming community in Orange County. Hillsborough is home to a number of restaurants, shops, and even a few nightlife spots. The distinction of county seat and a rich history are Hillsborough's claim to fame.
Many homebuyers new to the Triangle begin with a Chapel Hill home search and later find Hillsborough homes for sale to be a perfect match. The small-town lifestyle is inviting with its easy access to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Duke University and Research Triangle Park. The Research Triangle, simply "The Triangle," is a region in the Piedmont anchored by Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill. Commute time is short and the drive home is easy.
Lined with signs and historical markers, documenting early North Carolina history, the main street in Hillsborough is Churton Street. Founded in 1754, Hillsborough was determined to the best location for the Orange County courthouse. Many a dispute between farmers was settled here. To this day, Hillsborough remains the county seat.
Stories of Native Americans, European settlers, Colonial and Revolutionary periods abound. The community was named Hillsborough after the Earl of Hillsborough, the British secretary of state for the colonies and a relative of royal Governor William Tryon. The community was a military base for British General Charles Cornwallis and tales that made history books crisscrossed the region.
Ayr Mount Historic Site is a step back in time. Restored and furnished with period antiques and fine art, Ayr Mount is a gem. The popular Poet's Walk on the estate is a one-mile-long walk. Visitors can participate in guided tours of the 1815 Federal-era plantation house. It is an example of one of many fine historic sites that bring a rich heritage to the region.
In addition, the community is a place to see and be seen. One never knows who might strike-up a conversation, since Hillsborough attracts some of the finest minds and most interesting personalities of the Triangle.
Outside of town, the Occoneechee Speedway was one of the first two NASCAR tracks to open in the inaugural 1949 season. It still stands. The Historic Occoneechee Speedway Trail is now a three-mile trail located on 44 acres at the site.