Historic Chapel Hill
Walking Tours

Our walking tour series, encouraging residents and visitors to get out and explore the special places in Chapel Hill while learning about the people who built it, are given by appointment for groups of 4 or more.

Town and Gown on East Franklin Street

 

​Explore beautiful East Franklin Street and learn about how the village of Chapel Hill and the University of North Carolina developed and grew together over the centuries. East Franklin Street is part of the Chapel Hill National Historic District and the Franklin-Rosemary Local Historic District.

Location:

Starts at Horace Williams House, 610 East Rosemary St

Recommended Donation:

$5 per person

Duration:

90 minutes​

Parking:

Free parking at Horace Williams House

Old Chapel Hill Cemetery

 

Did you ever wonder why there is a cemetery on the UNC campus? Take this tour to learn about the creation of this National Register of Historic Places cemetery and about the famous - and infamous - interred. Tour is over uneven ground. 

Location:

Starts at the cemetery gazebo

Recommended Donation:

$5 per person

Duration:

90 minutes​

Parking:

Metered street parking is available on South Street

Women on the Hill

​Chapel Hill history is filled with strong, influential women. Learn about the ladies who helped shape the history of the town and the University on this walking tour. 

Location:

Starts at Horace Williams House, 610 East Rosemary St

Recommended Donation:

$5 per person

Duration:

90 minutes​

Parking:

Free parking at Horace Williams House

West End and Northside Community

​Between Chapel Hill and Carrboro, African Americans created a large community during Reconstruction. The community was home to many successful educators, entrepreneurs, and leaders. During the Civil Rights Movement, this community played an important role in the desegregation of Chapel Hill.

Location:

Starts at the Hargraves Recreational Center

Recommended Donation:

$5 per person

Duration:

60 minutes​

Historic Downtown Carrboro

​Have you ever wondered how Carrboro came to be? Or the story behind the Carr Mill Mall? Take a tour of Carrboro’s historic mills, businesses, and homes. 

Location:

Starts at the front steps of Carrboro Town Hall:
301 W. Main Street, Carrboro

Recommended Donation:

$5 per person

Duration:

60 minutes​