The Chapel Hill Historical Society
The Kings Mill-Morgan Creek History
Project: The Story of a Neighborhood
A presentation by Carl Anderson, Vici Cook, Tom Jepsen,
and Johnny Randall
Presentation and Reception
Sunday, September 20, 2015, 3:00 - 5:00 PM
Chapel Hill Public Library
100 Library Drive
Chapel Hill, NC
Beginning as part of Mark Morgan's farmland in the 1700s, the Kings Mill-Morgan Creek neighborhood continues to play an important role in the Chapel Hill community. Still largely wilderness in the early 20th century, the neighborhood was developed in the post-World War II era by UNC botanists W.C. Coker, Henry Totten, and William Lanier "Billy" Hunt. It became known as "Pill Hill" due to the many medical professionals who lived there after the building of the North Carolina Memorial Hospital in the early 1950s, and later became the home of many notable Chapel Hillians, including the legendary basketball coach Dean Smith and the singer James Taylor. Today the neighborhood is noted for its midcentury Modern architecture and environmental stewardship of its namesake creek.
Photo: UNC President Francis Venable Fishing in Morgan Creek, 1890.