September 20, 2015

The Kings Mill-Morgan Creek History Project: The Story of a Neighborhood

Carl Anderson, Vici Cook, Tom Jepsen, and Johnny Randall

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. This program featured two presentations: The Natural History of the Morgan Creek Valley, and The Kings Mill-Morgan Creek History Project.

April 19, 2015

A Historical Overview Of The Village of Chapel Hill

A presentation by Stewart Dunaway.

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.

February 15, 2015

The Life and Legacy of George Moses Horton,
The Black Bard of North Carolina

A presentation by Dr. Trudier Harris and Dr. Marion Phillips
George Moses Horton lived on a tobacco farm in Chatham County prior to the Civil War, a slave who taught himself to read and eventually published several volumes of poetry. He walked often into Chapel Hill, where he sold farm produce and attracted the attention of students by composing acrostics on their sweethearts' names. His poetry celebrated his love for the land, explored family relationships, protested the indignity of slavery, and described the glory of freedom.