The town of Hillsborough was laid out by William Churton in 1754. At the time it was called Orange. The town took its current name in 1766 after William Hill, who was the secretary of state for the colonies under King George III.
The town has a number of historical attractions. It was the home of one of the signers of the Declarations of Independence, William Hooper, and his house still stands today. The town is also home to the Orange County Historical Museum.
Hillsborough is a major site for government in Orange County. It is the home of the courthouse, the district attorney’s office, the county board of elections, the board of commissioners and the board of education.
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Hillsborough could get a train station if the state approves a request for funding.The town Board of Commissioners voted unanimously Monday night to send a letter to the North Carolina Department of Transportation requesting a portion of newly available federal funds for a rail station to be constructed at Orange Grove Street.
The Hillsborough-Orange County Chamber of Commerce has moved its annual Hog Day festival to the third weekend in May — a month earlier than in previous years — to avoid hot summer temperatures at the town’s primary fundraising event.
Hillsborough hopes to attract more foodies through a new tour program started this weekend.The Taste Carolina Gourmet Food program held its first tour in Hillsborough Saturday.
A three-year Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality grant will fund a free bus route through the town of Hillsborough.
During his state of the town address Monday night, Hillsborough Mayor Tom Stevens proclaimed that 2011 will be the town’s “year of infrastructure.” As an example of this, Stevens listed the town’s Nash Street sidewalk project, which is expected to be completed this summer. The three-mile sidewalk will serve as a north-south link in the Hillsborough community and will connect neighborhoods, businesses, schools and eventually Gold Park and Riverwalk. Riverwalk was another project Stevens said would define the year for the town. The one-and-a-half-mile greenway trail, which runs along the Eno River as an east-west link in the community, will extend to the Occoneechee Speedway Trail when it is completed. The town is also working on infrastructure projects like designing and building a new wastewater treatment plant.
Hillsborough’s Tourism Board is requesting that nonprofit agencies and civic groups submit grant proposals that would create programs to support area tourism. Funding for the selected project will come from money the town received from its 1 percent prepared food tax. Applications are available both on the town’s website and at Town Hall, which is located at 101 E.
After seeing a larger turnout in the November elections, the Republican party has opened up a permanent office in Orange County. In order to strengthen its presence in the area, the party will use its new Hillsborough office — located at 347 Ja-Max Drive — to provide voters with easy-to-access information.
While earning an economics degree from Emory University in Atlanta, local chef Aaron Vandemark balanced spreadsheets in the financial sector by day and filled wine glasses and ice bins by night.
Rail crossings in Hillsborough will close for several hours on Friday while Norfolk Southern Railway will recondition tracks, signals and bridges along the Raleigh-to-Charlotte corridor.
Hillsborough’s new food processing center’s opening date has been pushed back to April, with more than half the construction left to be done. The Piedmont Food & Agricultural Processing Center, which broke ground in October, will not open in March as previously anticipated.
Orange County Judge Beverly Scarlett didn’t know about the old slave cemetery growing up because blacks didn’t visit that part of Hillsborough. But Saturday she watched with her mother and daughter as their ancestor’s grave marker and two others were memorialized in a brick monument at the cemetery.
The ground breaking of a new UNC Hospitals facility in Hillsborough is planned to begin in February after the settlement of a major roadblock. Construction of the new branch’s physicians’ offices will precede that of the hospital portion of the facility, which won’t begin until as late as 2014 as a result of the settlement of an appeal, said Margaret Hauth, town of Hillsborough planning director.
The town of Hillsborough will begin issuing parking tickets for any violations in the downtown area. Parking is now being enforced between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday in all town-owned parking spaces, on-street spaces and the Bank of America parking lot, but cars will not be towed.
Before an audience of family, friends and fellow law enforcement officials, Duane Hampton, Hillsborough’s new police chief, pledged an oath to the town to uphold his position with integrity. Hampton assumed his new role Monday night as he was sworn in during a ceremony at the Town Barn in Hillsborough.
New owners might bring diversity to Hillsborough’s only live music venue, adding to the town’s historic jazz roots. For the past eight years, The Blue Bayou Club, now named Katy’s at the Bayou, has been a local hot spot for jazz and blues lovers. New owner Katy Stewart said she plans to keep the Bayou close to its original atmosphere, but she does plan to integrate more variety into the lineup of performers.
Giant puppets, musicians and dancers will soon take over downtown Hillsborough, gamboling down the town’s main thoroughfare. The third annual Handmade Parade, sponsored by the Hillsborough Arts Council, will be held Saturday at 2:30 p.m. and is designed as a hands-on experience for attendees. Organizers said the parade, which will begin at the Old Orange County Courthouse, has already grown to match the giant proportions of its puppets.