Hillsborough’s charming downtown is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Experience living history with more than 100 buildings dating back to the 18th and 19th centuries.

Nearly every cobblestone and brick in Hillsborough’s six square miles is of historic significance. Founded in 1754, Hillborough is an early Piedmont colonial town where tensions between farmers and county officials over taxation were a precursor to the Revolutionary War.

Today, the fighting is long since over, and residents and visitors in Hillsborough enjoy the bustling arts scene, natural beauty, and festive events. It's a perfectly quaint little place where charming homes are a smart investment for your future.

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Colonial Inn

More than 200 years of history surround the recently-restored Colonial Inn. This 28-room boutique hotel and multi-use building in the center of downtown historic Hillsborough is available for relaxing stay-cations, events, weddings, or historic field trips.

Historic Occoneechee Speedway Trail

From humble origins as a half-mile horse track, this dirt speedway still stands long after it was used in NASCAR’s inaugural 1949 season. The Historic Occoneechee Speedway Trail is a unique place for hiking and jogging that’s not to be missed.

Music Maker Foundation

The sounds of traditional American music continue to uplift the community thanks to the efforts of the internationally-recognized Music Maker Foundation. The foundation supports musicians through its work, and hosts a number of curated exhibitions and concerts.

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