Preserving the history of Chapel Hill, Carrboro, and neighboring communities in Orange County for future generations.

The Chapel Hill Historical Society was founded in 1966 to research and document the history of Chapel Hill and the surrounding communities, to encourage and assist in the study of local history, and to provide public programs and publications related to the heritage and traditions of the area.

Our place in history…

Discover what the Chapel Hill Historical Society has to offer!

Support Us

You can support the Chapel Hill Historical Society by joining as a member, buying books, offering to donate materials, and/or volunteering.

Programs & Exhibits

Find current Historical Society-sponsored exhibitions, programs and special events in our community. Come out and join us at our next event!


Explore our wide variety of digital resources and find out more about our collection and reading room at the Midway Center.


The Historical Society sells local history books published under its own imprint. Proceeds support the Historical Society, and Society members get a 10% discount.

Reading Room Open by Appointment at Midway Center

We are excited about our new reading room located at the Midway Center and the many community members who have come by to use our collections. The room houses many of our most used reference books, photos and vertical files.

Currently, the room is open via appointment. Please email us at or call and leave a message at our business office at 919-929-1793 to arrange an appointment.

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