Schedule of Tours, Spring 2020

  1. Friday, March 13 @ 3:30 pm.  March Madness: Sports on the Hill with Jon Brunner
  1. Saturday, March 21 @ 10:30 am – Chapel Hill, Six Feet Under: A Walking Tour of the Historic Cemetery. Tim Kuhn will lead you through our historic town cemetery for facts, fun and hard truths of Chapel Hill’s former citizens. 
  1. Saturday, March 28, 10:30 am: Midway with Danita Mason-Hogans
  1. Friday, April 17 @ 3:30 pm: Beneath Our Feet:  An Archeological Look at Chapel Hill’s Earliest Days. Over the past 70 years, virtually all of the major discoveries in the understanding of North Carolina’s ancient past can be attributed to the Research Labs of Archeology (RLA) or to researchers trained there. Steve Davis, associate director of RLA and professor of archeology, will lead us to several former archaeological sites nearby and share artifacts and found objects of the people here in the early days of Chapel Hill – and before.
  1. Saturday, April 18 @ 10:30: WALK THIS WAY! In ninety minutes you will walk up one side of Franklin Street and down the other in Chapel Hill’s first historic district. Learn about the history of the old village and America’s first public university through the stories, impact and influence of the people that lived along the street. Stephen and Sandra Rich are seasoned tour guides for Preservation Chapel Hill and active volunteers around town and campus since their return in 2003. 
  1. Saturday, April 25 @ 10:30 am:  Campus Architecture. Guided by JJ Bauer, UNC Professor of Art and Art History.  Our UNC campus is a virtual, illustrated history book of architecture with its various styles, features and flourishes – all working in concert to bring character, substance and beauty to our built environment. In celebration of a revised edition of John Allcott’s “The Campus at Chapel Hill,” published this fall by the Chapel Hill Historical Society. 
  1. Saturday, May 2 @ 10:30 am: Heart❤of the Hill KIDS EDITION! Susan Worley moved to Chapel Hill when she was six – and been a devoted fan ever since! With both undergrad and graduate degrees from Carolina, Susan has been the Executive Director of Volunteers for Youth since 1988 – and a tour guide for Estes Hills third graders. Susan will lead you all on a tour of downtown & campus to learn more about this town we call home. Great fun for grandchildren and grandparents, too!
  1. Friday, May 8 @ 3:30 pm: The Noble Grove : A Walking Tour of Trees. Chapel Hill has always had a love affair with our trees! “As I saw Franklin Street in 1912, it was a dusty red avenue cut through a forest of magnificent trees… My first impression of Chapel Hill was trees; my last impression is trees… It is no wonder that Chapel Hillians are ardent tree worshippers and the symbol of the place is Davie Poplar,” said Robert B. House, Chancellor of the University of North Carolina from 1945-1957, in 1964. (Source: Robert B. House. The Light that Shines, Chapel Hill, 1912-1916. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1964.) Explore the history, care-taking and future of our iconic and heritage trees, in town and on campus, with UNC Arborist Tom Bythell.
  1. Saturday, May 16 @ 10:30 am: A Walking Tour of Carrboro with Richard Ellington              
  1.   “Ballet of the City” with Matt Gladdek: TBA

And, we enthusiastically encourage you to explore the Chapel Hill Community History Project! Check out their website RE/COLLECTING CHAPEL HILL at “Join Chapel Hill Public Library staff and community members as we uncover the untold histories of Chapel Hill. We seek to reckon with our past to figure out where we came from and why it matters for our shared future.