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November 2018 will mark the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. To honor the men and women who served in that “war to end all wars”, Alliance for Historic Hillsborough and The Hillsborough Garden Club are joining other groups to present several activities in 2018.

Events & Happenings

POPPY BLOOMS

Poppies have been planted at several sites around town.  Watch for the spring blooms starting in May and remember those those served in WWI

Planting sites include:

  • Hillsborough Visitors Center
  • Gold Park Pollinator Garden
  • Hillsborough Town Hall
  • Hillsborough Town Cemetery
  • Plots adjacent to municipal parking off Churton Street
  • Eagle Lodge (Masonic Hall)
  • Moorefields Historic Site
  • Burwell School Historic Site

WWI LIVING ROOM

Alexander Dickson House - 150 East King Street
April 27 to June 6

An exhibit of authentic WWI era furniture and artifacts will be arranged to create a living room at the Historic Alexander Dickson House (Hillsborough Visitors Center). It will be open to the public Monday - Saturday from 10:00 to 4:00 and Sundays from 12:00 to 4:00.  

The display will include donations from the community of furniture, items, war relics, photographs, and anything else that represents life in Hillsborough around 1918.  If you would like to donate, contact Sarah DeGenarro at sarah@historichillsborough.org

NORTH CAROLINA & THE GREAT WAR

AUTHOR EVENT WITH JESSICA A. BANDEL
Sunday, May 6 - 3:00
The Orange County Public Library - 137 W Margaret Lane

MEMORIES & WAR: STEREOGRAPHS OF WWI

Orange County Historical Museum- 201 N Churton Street
April 27 - November 25

In honor of the World War I Centennial  and in coordination with the Alliance for Historic Hillsborough and the Hillsborough Garden Club's Poppy Project, this exhibition shows a group of stereographs from the museum’s collection. 

POPPY PROJECT DISPLAY

Orange County Public Library - 137 W Margaret Lane
Month of May

HILLSBOROUGH WWI STOREFRONT DISPLAYS

Downtown Hillsborough Historic District
Month of May

WORLD WAR I MEMORABILIA DISPLAYS

Cup-a-Joe - 112 West King Street
Orange County Public Library - 137 W Margaret Lane
Month of November

END OF THE WAR BELL RINGING

Bells will ring all over town! 
November 11 at 11:00 am

In Flanders Fields

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

- John McCrae