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Hillsborough, North Carolina Area Information
Hillsborough is a rural community located in Orange County, North Carolina.
Despite its size, Hillborough is full of history.
The town was first established in 1754, roughly two years after Orange County was established.
Hillsborough was settled where the Great Indian Trading Path crossed the Eno River.
It was William Churton who first settled the area that would become Hillsborough. At the time it was known as Orange.
Hillsborough was eventually named as such after the Irish peer, William Hill, Earl of Hillsborough and Secretary of State for the Colonies from 1768 to 1772.
For years during the colonial and Revolutionary period, Hillsborough was a hotbed of political activity, with several royal and elected governors living there as well as Revolutionary War rebels.
The town continued to remain quite politically relevant during the Civil War as well.
Living in Hillsborough, NC
Today, the town of Hillsborough has a population of roughly 6,087.
The community boasts several recreational attractions within its 4.6 square miles.
For instance, its downtown historic district is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is comprised of more than 100 historic homes and churches from the 18th and 19th centuries.
Some of these popular attraction in and around the downtown include:
- The visitors center, which was Gen. Joseph E. Johnston’s headquarters during the Civil War
- Historic school buildings
- Occoneechee Mountain State Natural Area
There are even regular Revolutionary War reenactments and guided tours in the historic district.
The town is also closely situated to Occoneechee Speedway, which is just outside of town. It was one of the first two NASCAR tracks to open and is the only track still in existence from the 1949 season.
In addition, Hillsborough is a popular gathering place for artists and writers.
And every May, the town hosts the annual Hog Day, which is a favorite among barbecue lovers.
What’s more, this Orange County town is conveniently located to both the Triad and Triangle cities as well as I-40 and I-85, which runs right through town.
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