Ongoing Events:

Knitting Circle Hosted by Alliance for Historic Hillsborough and Hillsborough Yarn Shop

August 6 – September 24

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Alexander Dickson House

The Alliance for Historic Hillsborough will host a knitting circle on Tuesday afternoons, from 1:30pm-3pm. Anyone interested in knitting a shawl similar to one worn by Claire in the Starz Outlander series is invited to join in the fun. An experienced knitter will be on hand to demonstrate and teach the necessary steps to make this beautiful shawl. The helpful and experienced staff at the Hillsborough Yarn Shop will be happy to assist customers in purchasing the appropriate yarn for this timeless project. Wear your completed shawl to Outlander Ayr!


Constitution Exhibit at Alliance for Historic Hillsborough

September 16 - October 16

10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Alexander Dickson House

The North Carolina state legislature met in Hillsborough during the American Revolution. The proposed Constitution was controversial in our state and delegates meeting in Hillsborough in July 1788 initially voted against it, until a Bill of Rights was added.

William Hooper was one of three North Carolina signers of the Declaration of Independence and made his home in Hillsborough. The William Hooper Chapter of the DAR will host an exhibit on the Declaration of Independence, the American Constitution, and the Scottish influence in those two documents. There were over twenty signers of the Declaration of Independence that were of Scottish descent. On view Monday through Sunday 10 AM - 4 PM.


Celebrating our Colonial Heritage at Burwell School

September 18 – October 13

Times Vary by day, please see description below

Burwell School

The Burwell School walls will be bursting with Colonial and Revolutionary period items on loan from our sister institution, the Orange County Historical Museum. Everything from the actual clothes people were wearing and revealing portraits of famous history-makers to a Colonial batterie de cuisine and toys to bring the period to life can be seen over the long Outlandish weekend. Come and learn about the role Hillsborough played in helping our country in its quest for freedom.

Visit Friday 11–5 and Sunday 12-5. Exhibit can also be seen on Saturday while attending the delicious event, A Revolutionary Tasting, from 2-4:30 Oct. 12. See above for more information on this event.

Scottish Connections exhibit at Ayr Mount

September 18 – October 20

Times Vary by day, please see description below

Ayr Mount Historic Site

Featuring Scottish artifacts, 18th century engravings of Scotland, Scottish immigration patterns, interactions with Native Americans and African Americans, and Scottish curiosities this Exhibit will offer a glimpse into life both in Scotland and early America. The Exhibit can be viewed during Guided House Tours and is included in the tour admission fee. Exhibit runs from September 18 through October 20. Guided House Tours are available on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 11 AM and Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 2 PM.


One Time Events:

Colonial and Revolutionary War Guided Walking Tour

Saturday, October 5th and October 12th, 2019

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Hillsborough Visitors Center

Experience American Colonial history through the unique perspective of one of North Carolina’s oldest and most historically significant towns with an historic guided walking tour of downtown Hillsborough. Established in 1754 as the seat of government for Orange County, Hillsborough’s colonial legacy and its importance in North Carolina and American history can be seen throughout town. The tour begins at the Hillsborough Visitors Center, located in the eighteenth century Alexander Dickson Farm House, and guides visitors to a variety of historic places from the site of a 1790s African American-owned distillery to the Regulator marker and the grave of one of North Carolina’s signers of the Declaration of Independence. The tour will take place Saturday, October 5th and 12th at 11:00 am and costs $6 per person.

The Alliance for Historic Hillsborough presents: Daniel Boone—Tar Heel

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Flyleaf Books

Daniel Boone is America’s pioneer hero and he lived more years in North Carolina than in any other territory or colony during his exciting 86-year-long life. This year is the 250th anniversary of Boone’s first excursion through the Cumberland Gap into Kentucky in 1769. He hunted and explored the Kentucky wilderness for two years before returning home to North Carolina. Just before the American Revolution began, he again headed to Kentucky, marking Boone Trace for others to follow, setting in motion America’s Westward Movement. Come hear award-winning North Carolina author and storyteller Randell Jones share about the famous frontiersman’s life—especially his North Carolina years—from his book, In the Footsteps of Daniel Boone.  Wednesday, October 9, 7:00 p.m. at Flyleaf Books, Chapel Hill, NC.

Randell is the author of several other award-winning history books including Before They Were Heroes at Kings Mountain, From Time to Time in North Carolina, and Trailing Daniel Boone. He has received two Kentucky History Awards from the Kentucky Historical Society and was honored with the national History Award Medal from the National Society, Daughters of the American Revolution. Since 2007, he has served as an invited member of the Road Scholars Speakers Bureau of the NC Humanities Council. His book on the life of Daniel Boone appears in the bibliography of Robert Morgan’s Boone, a biography; the two authors have appeared together before North Carolina audiences. A graduate of the MBA program at UNC, Randell lives in Winston-Salem, where is writes, speaks, and publishes as Daniel Boone Footsteps.


Cèilidh Ayr

Saturday, October 12, 2019

10:00 AM 4:00 PM

Ayr Mount Historic Site

Cèilidh Ayr honors Scottish Heritage and Culture in a nod to the Kirkland Family that built the historic home of Ayr Mount named in honor of William Kirkland’s birthplace: Ayr, Scotland. It will celebrate Scotland through Pipes and Drums, Celtic music, Scottish Country Dancing, demonstrations, storytelling, history talks and walks, Scottish and Celtic goods in the Marketplace, a Wee Bairns craft and play area, Scottish food, fish & chips, ales and brews. And Irn Bru. Kilts and tartans will abound for a bonnie time.

The Crucial Role of North Carolina During the American Revolution

Saturday, October 12, 2019

2:00 PM 4:30 PM

Burwell School

Did you know Hillsborough played an interesting role in our country’s quest for freedom? On Saturday, October 12, from 2-4:30 PM learn more at "A Revolutionary Tasting". Author, Suzanne Adair, will discuss "The Crucial Role of North Carolina During the American Revolution". Following Ms Adair’s talk visitors will be able to view exhibits highlighting the colonial period in North Carolina and Hillsborough. Sample foods that colonists would have introduced to the area such as ciders, chocolate drinks, and alcoholic punch along with sandwiches, breads, pies and other delicious Colonial and Scottish foods. You won’t want to miss it.

Suzanne Adair is the author of several American Revolution mystery books, including the Michael Stoddard series. She is the recipient of the 2018-2019 United Arts Council Professional Development Grant and the winner of the Patrick D. Smith Literature Award. She will sign and sell her books at the event.

Outlander Ayr

Sunday, October 13, 2019

10:00 AM 4:00 PM

Ayr Mount Historic Site

Outlander Ayr will Cèilidh On while adding fun layers from the Outlander series when the main characters lived in colonial North Carolina. Step through the Stones to experience colonial food and lifestyle demonstrations, British and Highland regiment reenactors, readings, dancing and much more. Come in costume of your favorite character - or not - but come join in the fun.