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By Don Morfe, September 17, 2013
Elizabeth Cotten Marker
North Carolina (Orange County), Carrboro — G 129 — Elizabeth Cotten1893-1987
“Libba” Cotten composed, recorded “Freight Train” (1958). Key figure, 1960s folk revival. Born and raised on Lloyd Street. — Map (db m69971) HM
North Carolina (Orange County), Chapel Hill — Carolina Coffee ShopA Town Heritage Site
John Sprunt Hill bought this block of buildings in the 1920's and donated it in parcels to UNC from 1947-51 with the stipulation that rent monies fund the North Carolina Collection at the library of the University which is still in effect to this . . . — Map (db m86542) HM
North Carolina (Orange County), Chapel Hill — G-100 — Harriet M. Berry1877-1940
Champion of good roads. Her intensive lobbying led to 1921 law creating modern state highway system. Born 8 mi. N. — Map (db m30706) HM
North Carolina (Orange County), Chapel Hill — G 127 — Journey of Reconcilation
In 1947 the Congress of Racial Equality & local citizens, black & white, protested bus segregation. Setting out from Washington, D.C. “freedom riders” tested compliance with a U.S. Supreme Court ruling barring segregation on interstate . . . — Map (db m69968) HM
North Carolina (Orange County), Chapel Hill — Last ShotsThe Creek of New Hope — Carolinas Campaign
(Preface):   The Carolinas Campaign began on February 1, 1865, when Union Gen. William T. Sherman led his army north from Savannah, Georgia, after the “March to the Sea.” Sherman’s objective was to join Gen. Ulysses S. Grant in . . . — Map (db m33984) HM
North Carolina (Orange County), Chapel Hill — H 114 — Paul Green1894-1981
Playwright, teacher, & humanitarian. Awarded Pulitzer Prize, 1927. His 16 outdoor dramas include The Lost Colony (1937). Lived 1 mile E. — Map (db m117123) HM
North Carolina (Orange County), Chapel Hill — Silent Sam
To the Sons of the University who entered the War of 1861-65 in answer to the call of their country and whose lives taught the lesson of their great commander that duty is the sublimest word in the English language. Erected . . . — Map (db m90561) WM
North Carolina (Orange County), Chapel Hill — Strowd BuildingA Town Heritage Site
Constructed in 1923 by Robert L. Strowd, replacing an earlier building owned by Adele Tankersley. James L. Sutton and J. L. Alderman opened Sutton’s Drugstore here in 1923. Robert Foister operated a photography store in this building next to . . . — Map (db m117135) HM
North Carolina (Orange County), Chapel Hill — University FloristA Town Heritage Site
Chapel Hill’s first bakery, Hill Bakery, moved to this space in 1920. In 1946, Thell Jernigan bought the bakery, renaming it Thell’s Bakery, and James H. Davis bought the University Florist in the Pick Theatre Building next door. This building was . . . — Map (db m117082) HM
North Carolina (Orange County), Efland — G-122 — Hart's Mill
Grist mill. Site of key Regulator meeting, 1766, and skirmish in 1781 that boosted the Patriot cause. Stood 1/5 mile N. — Map (db m30772) HM
North Carolina (Orange County), Hillsborough — Alexander Dickson HouseCa. 1790
. . . — Map (db m34685) HM
North Carolina (Orange County), Hillsborough — G-9 — Archibald Debow Murphey
Champion of a new State through public schools, canals, roads, 1777-1832. Grave 50 yards west. — Map (db m98531) HM
North Carolina (Orange County), Hillsborough — G 125 — Billy Strayhorn
Jazz composer & pianist, Wrote “Take the A Train” and other songs for Duke Ellington Orchestra. Boy- hood home site ¼ mi. W. — Map (db m34689) HM
North Carolina (Orange County), Hillsborough — Boone Expedition for KentuckyBoone Highway / The Trading Path
From this spot where stood the Old State House was started an expedition of frontiersmen under Col. Richard Henderson, for Kentucky, led by Daniel Boone March 17, 1776 ----- • ----- “And they marched away solemnly as if going to the ends of . . . — Map (db m34372) HM
North Carolina (Orange County), Hillsborough — G 19 — Edmund Fanning
Born in New York, Yale graduate, judge. His home, nearby, destroyed by Regulators, 1770. Later Loyalist, British General, Governor. — Map (db m74942) HM
North Carolina (Orange County), Hillsborough — G-115 — Elizabeth Keckly1818-1907
Burwell family slave, bought freedom, 1855. Dressmaker & friend to Mary Todd Lincoln. Published her memoir, 1868. Lived here, 1830s. — Map (db m98529) HM
North Carolina (Orange County), Hillsborough — G-10 — Francis Nash
Patriot general in American Revolution, was mortally wounded at Germantown, 1777. His home is 150 yds. W. — Map (db m98532) HM
North Carolina (Orange County), Hillsborough — G-66 — Hughes Academy
Operated, 1845 to 1884. Founded by Samuel W. Hughes. Attended by Wm. T. Dortch, David I. Craig, Geo. T. and P.H. Winston. Site is 1 mi. W. — Map (db m98535) HM
North Carolina (Orange County), Hillsborough — G-103 — J. G. de Roulhac Hamilton1878-1961
Historian, professor, & founder of the Southern Historical Collection at UNC. Born ½ block W. — Map (db m98528) HM
North Carolina (Orange County), Hillsborough — G 108 — James Hogg1729 - 1804
Merchant. Left native Scotland, 1774. Partner in Transylvania Company; UNC trustee. Home ½ mi. E.; grave 2 blks. N. — Map (db m34687) HM
North Carolina (Orange County), Hillsborough — G-64 — Moses A. Curtis
Botanist, authority on North American flora, author, and Episcopal minister. Home was two blocks east. — Map (db m98534) HM
North Carolina (Orange County), Hillsborough — G 88 — North Carolina Society of the Cincinnati
Formed Oct. 23, 1783, in Hillsborough, by officers of the Continental Line. First President was Gen- eral Jethro Sumner. — Map (db m33885) HM
North Carolina (Orange County), Hillsborough — G 33 — Occaneechi
Village of Occaneechi Indians on the Great Trading Path. Inhabited ca. 1680 – 1710. Visited in 1701 by the explorer John Lawson. ½ mi. E. — Map (db m33888) HM
North Carolina (Orange County), Hillsborough — Orange County Courthouse, 1845-1957Fourth on this Site
Designed and erected, 1844 – 45 by John Berry of Hillsborough, 1798 – 1870 Builder, Architect, Legislator, Humanitarian --------------- Builder of distinguished structures in his native state Contributor to the tradition of American . . . — Map (db m34690) HM
North Carolina (Orange County), Hillsborough — G 48 — Paper Mill
The first paper mill in North Carolina, built to relieve the paper shortage during the Revolution, was erected in this vicinity, 1777. — Map (db m33894) HM
North Carolina (Orange County), Hillsborough — G 23 — Regulators Hanged
After the Regulators were defeated at Ala- mance, May 16, 1771, six of their number were hanged, ¼ mile east, June 19, 1771. — Map (db m33876) HM
North Carolina (Orange County), Hillsborough — The Last EncampmentThe Dickson House — Carolina Campaign
(Preface, upper left): The Carolinas Campaign began on February 1, 1865, when Union Gen. William T. Sherman led his army north from Savannah, Georgia, after the “March to the Sea.” Sherman’s objective was to join Gen. Ulysses S. . . . — Map (db m13972) HM
North Carolina (Orange County), Hillsborough — G 16 — Thomas Burke
Governor of N. C., was captured in Hillsboro by David Fanning and his Tories, Sept. 12, 1781, and taken to Charleston, S.C. — Map (db m33880) HM
North Carolina (Orange County), Hillsborough — G-11 — Thomas Ruffin1787-1870
Jurist and agriculturist. Chief Justice of North Carolina Supreme Court, 1833-1852 and 1858-1859. Grave 3/10 mile east. — Map (db m98533) HM
North Carolina (Orange County), Hillsborough — G-40 — William A. Graham
Governor, 1845-1849; Secretary of the Navy; United States Senator; Whig nominee for Vice-President in 1852. His home stands 150 yds. W. — Map (db m98530) HM
North Carolina (Orange County), Hillsborough — William Churton
William Churton FL. 1749 – D. 1767 English Surveyor - Cartographer Laid Out Hillsborough, 1754 ————— Place by Exchange Club of Hillsborough 1975 — Map (db m98536) HM
North Carolina (Orange County), Hillsborough — G-4 — William Hooper — 1742 – 1790
One of North Carolina’s three signers of the Declaration of Independence. His home is 150 yds. W. Was buried a few yds. W. — Map (db m1586) HM
North Carolina (Orange County), Oaks — G 38 — Bingham School
Classical academy est. at Oaks in 1844 by Wm. J. Bingham. Added military focus, moved to Melbane, 1864. Campus was here. — Map (db m69972) HM

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