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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On a chilly Friday night, Hillsborough opened the holiday season with caroling and the annual Lighting of the Town Tree on the lawn of the Old Courthouse.
The spirit of Halloween was on full display in Hillsborough on Saturday.
Hillsborough residents mingled with town officials, community watch groups and McGruff the Crime Dog on the lawn of the Old Orange County Courthouse Thursday evening.
Hillsborough residents Bruce Dalton and Steven Huber were on their way to an air show in Reno, Nev., when Dalton’s plane crashed in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains of Colorado.
Seven-year-old Annabel Barbour said she had never made butter before Saturday.
Music, art and ice cream will take the stage in Hillsborough’s Last Fridays celebration Friday.
Nearly 13,000 attendees at the 30th annual Hog Day festival feasted on barbecue. And for the teams responsible for cooking this barbecue, it was a serious competition involving various styles and preparations.
With the 2012-13 fiscal year approaching, Chapel Hill, Hillsborough, Orange County and Carrboro’s officials are making the final adjustments to their budget proposals.
The smell of about 3500 pounds of smoking pork will fill the air in River Park in Hillsborough this weekend.
Orange County Democrats jumped on board this weekend to support a sales tax increase that could determine the fate of a proposed light rail connecting Chapel Hill and Durham.
March is national nutrition month, but for Orange County officials and organizations, making healthy food more affordable and accessible is a year-round project.
During a sting operation conducted last week, officers from Chapel Hill, Carrboro and Hillsborough caught six retailers who willingly sold alcohol to minors. Followed by several undercover officers, three volunteer underage buyers — college students from a local community college criminal justice program — went to 31 stores across the county and attempted to purchase alcoholic beverages on March 8.
For a quarter of a century, Hillsborough has showcased its history and its holiday spirit through its annual Candlelight Home Tour — and this Sunday, the tradition continues.
Chapel Hill now stands alone in the county in its strict regulation of food trucks.
Billy Swann’s favorite part about coming to work every day is simply getting to do his job. He works as a janitor at the OE Enterprises building and at a consignment shop in Hillsborough.
A 1977 graduate of UNC, Michael Brown is the creator of many of the town’s beloved murals, including the sea turtles on Columbia Street and the marching parade in Porthole Alley.