The Chapel Hill Historical Society


A Historical Overview of the Village of Chapel Hill

A Talk by Stewart Dunaway

Presentation and Reception
Sunday, April 19, 2015 3:00 PM
The Chapel Hill Historical Society
Chapel Hill Public Library
100 Library Drive
Chapel Hill, NC

Stewart Dunaway has researched the original town lots of Chapel Hill, chaining together the titles of every deed to show the history of every lot, and documenting the unique formation and growth of Chapel Hill. In his presentation, Mr. Dunaway will provide an overview of how the town of Chapel Hill was founded, why it was laid out on an angle, how it expanded, and what makes it unique. He will share historical tidbits and illustrations of many maps and pictures.

Mr. Dunaway is a 5th generation Floridian who moved to North Carolina in 2001. Meeting a genealogist at the Hillsborough public library, he became interested in research about the American Revolution. This work led him to the State Archives, where he researched road petition documents, and now, 10 years later, has completed records for every county's road, bridge, mill and ferry. This effort represents 48,673 pages in almost 175 volumes. He has also written publications about grist mills in North Carolina, including Patterson Mill in Orange County. His book Chapel Hill: History of Town Lots (1790–1930s) documents the individual town lots which were sold for funds to build and operate the University.

Free and open to the public. Call the Chapel Hill Historical Society for information: 919-929-1793.