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Hillsborough, NC

A small town with a giant history, many significant historical events occurred in Hillsborough, which is centrally located in North Carolina with ease of access to both the Triangle and the Triad areas. 

Today, Hillsborough is a destination, a haven and a home for artists and writers. Foodies of all types and particularly barbecue lovers, descend on the town each June for the annual Hog Day. In addition to Revolutionary War reenactments and guided tours of the historic district, Hillsborough is home to Occoneechee Mountain State Natural Area and several other trails. New parks and public spaces are making the historic town even richer to enjoy in the 21st century.

Churton Street Retail, Hillsborough, NC

The Eno River at Ayr Mount

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Brief history of Hillsborough

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Town Motto


Population Change since 2000 Census

Increased 9.5%

Driving times to:


  • Research Triangle Park

27 Minutes

  • Raleigh Durham Airport

34 Minutes

  • the NC coast (Wilmington, NC)

2 Hours, 40 Minutes

  • the NC mountains (Boone, NC)

2 Hours, 43 Minutes


Community Information

Local News Websites
The News of Orange County
The News & Observer

University Websites
Durham Technical Community College (Orange County)

City Websites
Town of Hillsborough 
Hillsborough Arts Council
Historic Hillsborough 
Hillsborough Chamber of Commerce

Local Websites of Interest
Burlington Outlet Village
Hillsborough Antiques Mall 
Tanger Outlets
The Shops at Daniel Boone  
Shop Hillsborough, NC 
Vietri Outlet Store
Eno River Farmers Market 
Antonia's Restaurant 
Garland Truffles
Gulf Rim Cafe 
Hillsborough BBQ Company
Maple View Farm Ice Cream 
Russell's Steakhouse
Saratoga Grill 
The Dog House 
The Wooden Nickel Public House

Recreation, Entertainment & Culture 
Burwell School Historic Site 
Little River Regional Park
Orange County Historical Museum 
Occoneechee Golf Club 
Occoneechee Mountain State Natural Area 
Occaneechi Indian Village 
Triangle Sportsplex


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