Chapel Hill Public Library, 100 Library Drive, Chapel Hill, NC 27514  

Preserving Chapel Hill's Past

...for future generations.

A Historical Overview
Of The Village of Chapel Hill

Stewart Dunaway
Chapel Hill Public Library
100 Library Drive
Sunday, April 19, 2015, 3:00 PM

We've Moved!!
Please consider making an additional contribution when you
renew your membership to help us cover the costs of relocation.

The Patterson's General Store Ledger
is now available online.


Want to know the history of Orange County?
Read all about it in a series of columns
written by our president, Richard Ellington:
Did the Revolutionary War Start in Orange County?
Locavores are nothing new!
Where is/was Jones Ferry?


The Chapel Hill Historical Society was founded in 1966 to research and document the history of Chapel Hill and the surrounding communities, to encourage and assist in the study of local history, and to provide public programs and publications related to the heritage and traditions of the area. Recent programs have included a talk about the life and legacy of George Moses Horton, with a reading of his poetry, and a celebration of 75 years of the history of Merritt's Store and Grill, a traditional Chapel Hill gathering place.

Each year since 2008, the Society has identified Town Treasures - individuals who have made significant and lasting contributions to the community. These outstanding citizens are presented and honored at an awards ceremony with an exhibition of distinctive portraits and descriptive narratives of their service.

The Society has moved to new headquarters on the ground level of the Chapel Hill Public Library at 100 Library Drive. The public is invited to visit, explore maps and documents, and enjoy personal or historical research in bound volumes of The Chapel Hill News and the Chapel Hill Weekly from 1923 through 2010. There are a number of publications about local history for sale in the office, including Profiles of Chapel Hill Since 1900: People, Places, Events, by John Douglas Eyre, and These Old Stone Walls, written in 1973 by Philips Russell.



UNC Old Well

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Signing Documents

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Chapel Hill Historical Society offers various publications relating to the histories of Chapel Hill... More…