Experience America’s history through the unique perspective of one of North Carolina’s oldest and historically significant small towns with a guided walking or bus tour led by one of our expert tour guides!
Every Saturday from March to September, you can join us for the Historic Hillsborough Tour, which guides visitors from the eighteenth century Alexander Dickson Farm House to a variety of historic places from the site of a 1790's African American-owned distillery to the 1840's Orange County Courthouse and the grave of one of North Carolina's signers of the Declaration of Independence.
Throughout the year, we schedule a variety of other guided tours such as:
Colonial Roads: This stroll through Hillsborough of the 1700's will visit several places downtown where visitors witness buildings and sites of significance during the War of the Regulation and Revolutionary War era Hillsborough.
Ghosts of the Confederacy: The Ghosts of the Confederacy haunt us still. This churchyard is a microcosm of antebellum and Civil War Hillsborough and the South. Hear stories of love and loss, heroism and death, sacrifice and pride, the end of an era and the birth of a new society.
Regulator Rebellion: Hillsborough played a critical role in the Regulator Rebellion as the setting for both the movement's escalation and its final demise. Join Alamance Battleground Site Manager Jeremiah DeGennaro for a walking tour through Historic Hillsborough, to various sites related to the Hillsborough Riot of 1770 and the Regulator Hangings of 1771.
Occaneechi History Hike: Join John “Blackfeather” Jeffries for hike along the Eno River. Mr. Jeffries, a tribal chief of the Occaneechi, will take visitors on a journey 400 years in the making. Learn how the Occaneechi were ousted from coastal Virginia after Bacon’s Rebellion in the late 1600s, founded a village near present day Hillsborough, and have retained their culture as one of North Carolina’s eight state-recognized tribes
Masonic History of Hillsborough: Join Speed Hallman - 33rd degree Scottish Rite Mason and Deputy Grand Master of Masons in North Carolina - for a rare opportunity to learn the history of Freemasons in Hillsborough and Orange County.
Old Town Cemetery: Join historian/archaeologist Dr. Ken Ostrand for a two-hour in-depth tour of the Old Town Cemetery. Established in 1757, the Old Town Cemetery is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is among North Carolina’s oldest and most historic burial grounds.
Check out the Events Calendar for locations and times. General tours typically cost $6 per person. Special tours range in price. Tickets are available on our Facebook Page or by calling the Visitors Center at (919) 732-7741
Private group tours are available. To schedule a private group walking or bus tour contact Program Manager, Michael Verville by calling the Visitors Center at (919) 732-7741 or email firstname.lastname@example.org