Hillsborough, the county seat of Orange County, is a small town oasis steeped in history and culture yet convenient to the more urban resources of Chapel Hill and Durham. Founded in 1754, Hillsborough has been called “a museum without walls”. Its downtown historic district is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and contains more than 100 homes, churches and other buildings from the late 18th and 19thcenturies. It was the site of North Carolina’s Constitutional Convention in 1788 as well as the departure point for Daniel Boone’s expedition to Kentucky in 1776. Its outlying surroundings feature a rural environment of rolling hills with large lot estates, farms and equestrian properties. Over the past 25 years, Hillsborough has attracted a large number of writers, painters and other artists to live and work in town. Along with newer residents attracted to historic homes and in harmony with the town’s Southern, relatively rural roots, this has created Hillsborough’s unique feel: small town friendly and unpretentious, yet artistic and devoted to a high quality of life in every aspect. All this within twenty minutes of the economic, medical and recreational opportunities of Chapel Hill and Durham.

And don’t forget Hog Day!

Location: Hillsborough is situated in the center of Orange County. Chapel Hill is 12 miles to the south and Durham is 12 miles to the east. The Research Triangle Park is 22 miles southeast (25 minutes)
Raleigh Durham International Airport (RDU) is 28 miles southeast (33 minutes)
Greensboro is 40 miles west on I-85.
Charlotte is 115 miles southwest on I-85.
Pinehurst is about 1.5 hours away.
Wilmington and Wrightsville Beach are only 2.5 hours away.
Boone is about 2.5 hours away.
Asheville (Biltmore Estate) is about 3.5 hrs away.

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