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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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Spotlights of Hillsborough

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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Find Your Future in a Historic Home

Combining true historic charm, forward-thinking artists, treasured musical traditions, and boundless wilderness, it’s easy to see yourself living in Hillsborough for a long time.

Hillsborough Is Truly Historic

Homes, cemeteries, churches, and even trails double as historical sites in Hillsborough. The Visitors Center is located in the 18th century Alexander Dickson Farm House. You’ll find resources for self-guided tours at the Alliance for Historic Hillsborough, or step back in time during their popular events, like the Revolutionary War Living History Day.

Big, Wild Wilderness

The long-distance Mountains-to-Sea Trail traverses North Carolina from the Great Smoky Mountains to the Outer Banks! The 3.2 mile segment in Hillsborough highlights the history of the Revolutionary War. Regional park of the year award winner Eno River State Park has backcountry camping for those ready for a true outdoor adventure.

Galleries Galore

Arts is at the center of the community of Hillsborough (the former Mayor even has an art gallery!). The Hillsborough Arts Council uplifts the human spirit through programs like the Handmade Parade and Artcycle. Expand your horizons at the proud-to-be locally owned and operated Margaret Lane Gallery and Studios and Hillsborough Gallery of Arts.

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