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

October 5 – October 20

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 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.


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 and 19th century engravings of Scotland, immigration patterns, food, curiosities and a wee bit of fun facts. Of special interest is a ca. 1930 Buchanan Child’s Dancer Ensemble on loan from the Scottish Tartans Museum and Heritage Center, Inc. in Franklin, NC. This sublime ensemble is in pristine condition and includes sporrans, jewelry, hose, doublet, waistcoat and other original pieces.

One Time Events:

Last Friday

Friday, September 27th, 2019

6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Old Orange County Courthouse

Pop over to the Courthouse on Last Friday and grab an Irn-Bru - a Scottish carbonated soft drink described as Scotland’s “other” national drink! Have your photo taken with Jamie and Claire, the two main Outlander characters! They'll be waiting for you from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM. *Standing in for Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan will be their beautiful French costumed Starz Standees.


Last Friday Photo Op With Jamie and Claire

Friday, September 27th, 2019

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Orange County Historical Museum

Pop over to the Museum on Last Friday to have your photo taken with Jamie and Claire, the two main Outlander characters! They'll be waiting for you on the front lawn from 6 PM to 8 PM. *Standing in for Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan will be their Starz Standees dressed in their best Scottish tartans.


The Influence of Native Americans, African Americans, and Scottish Highlanders in Colonial North Carolina

Monday, September 30th, 2019

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Main Library in Hillsborough

A round table discussion on the history and heritage of Colonial North Carolina featuring historians Dr. Arwin Smallwood (Chairman of the Department of History and Political Science at North Carolina A&T State University) and Michael Newton, PhD in Celtic Studies and distinguished scholar of Scottish Gaelic Studies. This limited seating event is free.


Outlandish Revolution Open House

Saturday, October 5th, 2019

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Burwell School

The Revolutionary War period is a uniquely interesting part of Hillsborough’s story. Established 1754, Hillsborough is one of the oldest towns in North Carolina and was the unofficial capital of the backcountry during the Colonial period. Raleigh, Chapel Hill, Durham and other major towns wouldn't exist for at least four decades. William Hooper, one of Hillsborough’s favorite sons, was a signer of the Declaration of Independence. British General Cornwallis occupied the town in 1781 to rest his troops and recruit loyalists – after six days, they left with few, if any new soldiers. Hillsborough was also the site of the North Carolina Provincial Congress at the start of the war and hosted the state’s Constitutional Convention of 1788 once the war was over. Get a first-hand look at one of the most historically significant towns in North Carolina at the Outlandish Revolution Open House. Exhibits, DAR ladies in costume, harp music, weaving demo, and the bounty of Scotland and Autumn with shortbread and heirloom apples. This family-friendly event is free and accessible to all.


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. This project is made possible by funding from the North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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.


Colonial Luminaries of Olde Hillsborough - Walking Tour

Friday, October 11th, 2019

5:30 PM 6:30 PM

Tour begins at Olde Town Cemetery entrance alongside the Hillsborough Presbyterian Church 102 West Tryon Street.

William Hooper, James Hogg, and the infamous Edmund Fanning. These men, along with many others and their families, faced an uncertain future in tumultuous times. They all helped to shape our colonial town and give us a window into Hillsborough’s important role leading up to independence from England. Journey through time from the cemetery, to the colonial business area highlighted by taverns, mercantile businesses, and law offices then on to the final stop - the Courthouse Square. Although this tour begins in the old cemetery, the lives of these colonial luminaries will definitely be brought to life. $10 per person. Limit 15. Not recommended for children under 12. Wear comfortable walking shoes. The tour will take place Friday, October 11th at 5:30-6:30PM. Meet at 5:30PM at Old Town Cemetery.


Outlandish Yin Yoga with Meg

Friday, October 11, 2019

7:00 PM 8:30 PM

Santosha Space, 200 N Churton Street, Suite 200

Whether you are a seasoned Yin Yogi or a Sassenach to the practice, this is the perfect class combining the benefits of Yin Yoga with the rather unexpected treats of Scottish music, time travel and a few other Outlandish surprises that everyone can enjoy.


Screening and Discussion of Braveheart

Friday, October 11, 2019

6:30 PM 9:30 PM

Main Library in Hillsborough | Adults

Join us for a special, after hours screening of the film, Braveheart (1995, Rated R) accompanied by a discussion of the factors that led to multiple uprisings of Scots in their homeland throughout history and their subsequent settlement in North Carolina. This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. Registration is preferred at NOTE: This event is intended for adults. Because it takes place after the library closes, attendees will need to arrive no later than 6:40pm. For more events at OCPL, visit


Photo Op With Jamie and Claire

Friday, October 11th, 2019

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Old Orange County Courthouse

Lots happening on Friday night before the Ayr festivals. Listen to some bagpiping downtown, take the Colonial Luminaries of Olde Hillsborough Walking Tour, watch the screening of Braveheart at the Library, and stroll down to the Museum to have your photo taken with Jamie and Claire, the two main Outlander characters! They'll be waiting for you on the front lawn from 6 PM to 8 PM. *Standing in for Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan will be their beautiful French costumed Starz Standees.


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.


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.