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The Circus Room and The Circus Parade

by Charly Mann

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John Sneden      4:12 PM Sun 5/29/2011

If I'm not mistaken, Carl Boettcher also carved the wooden plaque emblem of the Golden Fleece for the Order. It was used sometimes in the tapping ceremonies when they were held in Memorial Hall. Seems to me it is/was about 4' x 4' or larger and maybe a one-and-a-half to two inches thick.
 

R Wood      5:36 PM Sat 3/26/2011

I loved seeing the pictures of the Circus Room carvings. Attended UNC from 79-83 and remember frequenting the Circus Room after playing tennis at the nearby courts. I thought the carvings were there at the time unless possibly they moved the originals and had replicas in their place? Anyway great memories !
 

Neil Russell      8:16 AM Sat 6/19/2010

The Circus Room couldn't have closed in 1968. I went to UNC from 1969 to
1973, and frequented the Circus Room many times. This is the place where I learned to love yogurt! It was down near Cobb Dorm (Ahh, Cobb "Beach" when it was warm out!)
 

Priscilla      7:13 PM Sat 11/28/2009

I remember the Circus Room very well. It was a very convenient place to stop to eat on my way in or out of Cobb Dorm, where I stayed freshman and sophomore years. The carvings always held my attention and I wish they could again be in a place similar to the original room.
 

Larry Howell      10:54 AM Tue 10/27/2009

The Circus Room brings back fond memories of good food which reminds me of the strike that occured by the UNC workers back in 66 or 67. I will never forget the workers on strike with their picket signs in front of the CR; one of them stated "Jesse Helms eats UNC sandwiches". Once again, the humor at college could fill volumes. Incidentally, the comment could not have been applied to a nicer individual (tongue in cheek).
 

Hal K      12:08 PM Sat 10/17/2009

Pine Room...my god...been years since I've thought about it....Under Lenoir....and open later....Bob Bontempo, my roomie for a year, once remarked about a student who irritated him: "he cuts my Pine Room in half."
Dad, UNC '32 always talked about Swain Hall...his dining hall, known by the inevitable sobriquet, Swine Hall...think it was just next to Phillips.
 

Anne Brooks      10:56 AM Fri 10/16/2009

This should go in the student union or be put on display at the Ackland. It has no business being in the Alumni Center
 

Emily Warden      10:59 AM Thu 10/15/2009

This is the third or forth time I've come across something in Chapel Hill Memories I had never heard of before.
 

Charly Mann      9:08 AM Thu 10/15/2009

The Pine Room was in the basement below Lenoir Hall, and was much more hip than the cafeteria upstairs. I actually have more material on Lenoir Hall - The Pine Room, and the man who was in charge of feeding UNC students for twenty years, George Prillaman than any other subject. I hope to do a piece on this by next year.
 

Robert      7:53 PM Wed 10/14/2009

Where was the Pine Room? I'm thinking it was in the basement of the Monogram Club but were there 2 snack bars in one building? I'm glad your memory is better than the rest of us or at least glad that you wrote so much down through the years!
 

Brian Reed      4:25 PM Wed 10/14/2009

Thanks for the photos from the Circus Parade. I'm a little too frail to get back to Chapel Hill anymore and have such fond recollections of this piece.
 

Thomas Russ      11:15 AM Wed 10/14/2009

This brings back great memories. I lived at Cobb dorm in 62 and 63, and spent countless hours at the Circus Room. It stayed open until ten, which was very late in those days.
 

Kay Hearn      9:53 AM Wed 10/14/2009

I have lived in Chapel Hill since 1982 and had never heard of this piece of art. I Iook forward to seeing it in person soon. Thanks for the tip.

 

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There would probably be no Chapel Hill if the University of North Carolina Board of Trustees in 1793 had not chosen land across from New Hope Chapel for the location of the university. By 1800 there were about 100 people living in thirty houses surrounding the campus.

 

 

The University North Carolina's first student was Hinton James, who enrolled in February, 1795. There is now a dormitory on the campus named in his honor.

 

 

 

 

The University of North Carolina was closed from 1870 to 1875 because of lack of state funding.

 

 

 

 

William Ackland left his art collection and $1.25 million to Duke University in 1940 on the condition that he would be buried in the art museum that the University was to build with his bequest. Duke rejected this condition even though members of the Duke Family are buried in Duke Chapel. What followed was a long and acrimonious legal battle between Ackland relatives who now wanted the inheritance, Rollins College, and the University of North Carolina, each attempting to receive the funds. The case went all the way to the United States Supreme Court, and in 1949 UNC was awarded the money for the museum. Ackland is buried near the museum's entrance. When the museum first opened, in the early sixties, there were rumors that his remains were leaking out of the mausoleum.

 

 

The official name of the Arboretum on the University of North Carolina campus is the Coker Arboretum. It is named after Dr. William Cocker, the University's first botany professor. It occupies a little more than five acres. It was founded in 1903.

 

 

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Chapel Hill High School and Chapel Hill Junior High were on Franklin Street in the same location as University Square until the mid 1960s.

 

 

The Colonial Drug Store at 450 West Franklin Street was owned and operated by John Carswell. It was famous for a fresh-squeezed carbonated orange beverage called a "Big O". In the early 1970s, I managed the Record and Tape Center next door, and must have had over 100 of those drinks. The Colonial Drug Store closed in 1996.

 

 

Sutton's Drugstore, which opened in 1923, has one of the last soda fountains in the South. It is one of the few businesses remaining on Franklin Street that was in operation when I was growing up in the 1950s.

 

 

Future President Gerald Ford lived in Chapel Hill twice. First when he was 24, in 1938, he took a law couse in summer school at UNC. He lived in the Carr Building, which was a law school dormitory. At the same time, Richard Nixon, the man he served under as Vice President, was attending law school at Duke. In 1942, Ford returned to Chapel Hill to attend the U.S. Navy's Pre-Flight School training program. He lived in a rental house on Hidden Hills Drive.

 

 

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