Bringing Orange County History and People Together


201 N. Churton Street

Hillsborough, NC  27278 

(919) 732-2201

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Current Special Exhibit

Yésah: Journeys of the Occaneechi

On display through 4-11-21

Explore the physical and cultural journeys made by the Occaneechi over time.  Learn the reasons they journeyed, where they went, how their lives changed, and how their traditions and values endured. 

We need your help!

For our upcoming exhibit, we are looking for:

  • Photographs of Orange County couples from any time period

  • Clothing or other accessories worn on dates in Orange County in the 20th century

  • Record albums, instruments or anything related to music from the 20th century

  • Recipes, pots, pans, dishes, napkins or anything else related to Orange County restaurants in the 20th century

  • Photographs, artifacts or ephemera related to:

    • Schley School

    • Baseball in the early 1900s, especially the mill and town teams

    • 1920s Drug Stores

    • 1930s movie theaters

    • 1940s UNC’s Navy Pre-Flight School

    • 1950s Occoneechee Speedway Races

    • 1960s concerts at Central High School

    • 1970s Jubilee concert

    • 1980s gallery openings at ArtsCenter

    • 1990s skateboarding

Upcoming Events

April 22nd at 7 PM

"Date Night" at the OCHM

Curator's Talk and Virtual Exhibit Opening

Join us for a virtual tour and celebration of our newest exhibit "Date Night" and discover what dating in Orange County during the 20th century was like.

All guests over the age of 5 must wear masks.
If you do not have a mask, one will be provided for you.
Before entering the museum, guests must reserve a one-hour
time slot.

Hours and

COViD-19 Policy

The Museum is currently open to the public for timed visitation

Friday-Sunday from 11-4

In order to make your visit to the museum safe and comfortable, we have adopted a mask and reservation policy in accordance with state guidelines.

The videographers and historians behind YouTube's Wholm Movies came out for a visit recently, and made a fabulous tour compilation of the newest exhibit, Yésah: Journeys of the Occaneechi here at the museum!

The mission of the Historical Foundation of Hillsborough and Orange County is
to enlighten and engage our community and visitors from around the world 
by preserving and interpreting the history of Hillsborough and Orange County.
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