Hillsborough is the kind of town where you’re just as likely to bump into a well-known author at the farmer’s market as you are your next-door neighbor. Cozy and intimate, Hillsborough embraces its small-town appeal, but also prides itself on its varied entertainment and cultural offerings. Add in its convenient location set amid the major cities of Greensboro, Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill, as well as its access to top-quality healthcare, and it becomes clear why so many people are giving Hillsborough a closer look.
Hillsborough is rich in history and the town celebrates its many historical connections, as well as its place on the National Register of Historic Places. From Native American inhabitants, such as the Occaneechi, to the numerous historic events and people from the colonial era through the Revolutionary and Civil Wars, the area is overflowing with important historic sites that are maintained and celebrated. Museums, historic replicas, and more help visitors learn about the area’s long history, including Moorefields Federalist Historic Home and Grounds, Alexander Dickson House, and Orange County Historical Museum.
You don’t have to be a history buff to enjoy the town, though. Historic downtown Hillsborough is awash with beautiful gardens, landscaping, and attractive green areas like the Riverwalk. It is also full of trendy, chic, and stylish cafés, restaurants, shops, and more. You can find many of the typical convenient chains, but you’ll also find plenty of independent stores run by locals.
Whether pets, wine, gardening, books, or yarn grab your interest, there’s a shop in town just for you. Among the variety of stores are the Weaver Street Market, Eno Farmers’ Market at the Public Market House, Hillsborough Wine Company, Hillsborough Yarn Shop, Multiflora Greenhouses, Carolina Game & Fish, Paws at the Corner, Purple Crow Books, Vietri Stoneware, and Hillsborough Antiques Mall.
You’ll also find plenty of great restaurants covering a mix of favorite cuisines, such as Saratoga Grill, Antonia’s, Panciuto, and delicious Hillsborough BBQ Company. Top it all off with tempting treats from Matthew’s Chocolates.
With all that Hillsborough has to offer, it is the people that truly make the town such a special place to live. Classic southern friendliness, hospitality, and a real sense of community make the town truly special. The Jerry M. Passmore Senior Center is just one of the ways that the area’s older adults come together, not only for health and wellness classes, but also simply as a way to engage with others and the community. During the summer months, you’ll also find the Last Friday festivities that pull together people of all ages.
Annual events for young and old, vibrant neighborhoods, a lively downtown, a convenient location, and notable points of historic interest are just some of the many reasons that more and more people are looking to call Hillsborough home. Yet even as it grows, Hillsborough manages to hold on to its heart and soul of a charming southern town.