About Us

ALL ARE INVITED! Longtime residents, neighbors, friends, families, newcomers, visitors from around the globe, students and alumni are encouraged to join us on tour as we honor, preserve and celebrate our unique college town – home of the first public University in America. 

For decades, the Chapel Hill Historical Society, founded in 1966, and Preservation Chapel Hill, started in 1972, have been essential to collecting, preserving and highlighting what makes our town unique and treasured in the hearts of so many. These tours promise to engage, surprise, educate and inspire you to understand Chapel Hill in a new way, commemorating where we have been, who we are and what our future might hold.

This program has been conceived & organized by Missy Julian-Fox and a group of wonderful, incredible volunteer tour leaders.

Tours have been designed by the individual guide to share pieces of our collective story and town spirit through history, lore and personal experience. Our walking tours typically last 60-90 minutes.

For more info on Chapel Hill Historical Society and Preservation Chapel Hill:


And, we recommend that you…

CHECK OUT https://chapelhillhistory.org/re-collecting-chapel-hill/ for more Chapel Hill history! And, please, visit our Chapel Hill Historical Society’s exhibit, “A History of Hope,” at the Orange County Historical Museum in Hillsborough (orangehistorync.org). This exhibit is another experience designed to surprise, spark, inspire and connect the intertwined, often unspoken, collective history of Chapel Hill & our flagship University. You may access further resources at https://chapelhillhistoricalsociety.org/resources-and-links/.

Let’s learn something together.