Preservation Chapel Hill

Plan a Visit



The offices for Preservation Chapel Hill are located at the historic Horace Williams House, in downtown Chapel Hill at 610 East Rosemary Street.





We offer free parking on site for Horace Williams House visitors.





We invite you to visit Thursday and Friday from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm and Sunday from 2pm to 5pm. Other hours are available by appointment. Please contact us at



What to See


The Horace William House is the only historic house open to the public in Chapel Hill. The house was built in two phases, c.1854 and c.1880s, and retains its original architecture including woodwork, floors, ceilings, and mantles. We have a collection of antique furniture, including a set of four chairs and a newly acquired settee that once belonged to Horace Williams. We offer self-guided tours of the house, including an exhibit about the history of those who lived there.


As part of our adaptive reuse of the Horace Williams House, in addition to our offices, we operate an exhibition space in our Octagon Room. We have exhibits by local artists who sell their work (a portion of the proceeds help fund the ongoing maintenance of the house), as well as a variety of history exhibits. Exhibits rotate monthly.


We also have a number of self-guided walking tours of the surrounding community, which you can pick up free of charge at the Horace Williams House. Explore the historic district along East Franklin Street, wander the Old Chapel Hill Cemetery, and more.



How to Support Us


The Horace Williams House is owned by the University of Chapel Hill. Preservation Chapel Hill has rented the house from the university since 1973 with the stipulation that the organization fund all of the ongoing maintenance and capital repairs. We raise funds through our membership program, special events, exhibits, event rentals, and other charitable contributions.