After an extensive study of the history of town deeds, there is no verifiable record of a church that existed when the town was created, historian Stewart Dunaway told a crowd of more than 50 at the Chapel Hill Public Library on Sunday afternoon.
“It was assumed to be near or under the Carolina Inn, but no archeological work has ever been conducted in the assumed location,” said Dunaway, who gave a presentation at the event, which was organized by the Chapel Hill Historical Society.
Over the past 10 years, Dunaway has chronicled more than 48,000 pages of records for every county in North Carolina dating back to the Revolutionary War. He documented the history of the property records in Chapel Hill in his book “Chapel Hill, NC: History of Town Lots (1790-1930s),” which was published in November.
“I’m reporting the records of deeds,” Dunaway said. “But when you trudge through 3,000-plus pages of records, you can’t help but run into historical facts.”