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Horace Williams The Gadfly Of Chapel Hill

 by Charly Mann

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Comments:

sally      6:57 PM Sun 3/21/2010

My dad, Henry Satterfield, was a member of this society. My sister. Said he joined in 1929. Great article. It brought back so many memories.
 

Billie Denton      11:01 AM Thu 2/11/2010

Are there any teachers at UNC like this today? If so I am going to urge my daughter to apply to Carolina next year.
 

Ernest Dollar      10:01 PM Wed 2/10/2010

I live with Horace's ghost every day! Come by the Horace Williams House at the end of Rosemary Street and I'll give you a tour. We're open to the public Tuesday through Friday and Sundays. Every August we celebrate the Gadfly's birthday. Last year we started the Horace Williams Memorial Cupcale Festival. It's a hoot! Check us out on the web www.chapelhillpreservation.com.
Great piece Charly
Please come by the house when you are back in the Southern Part of Heaven.
 

Anne King      11:06 AM Wed 2/10/2010

I love your conversation with Mr. Williams. You mentioned the Preservation Society is now located in his former house. Where is it located and is it open to the public?
 

Tony Miller      2:04 PM Tue 2/9/2010

Sure sounds like Socrates to me, and I can see why he was a favorite of God's. The primary reason he was condemned to death was because he did not accept the belief of the Athenian state that there were a multitude of Gods. Socrates thought there was only one God. Socrates also believed the greatest sin was ignorance or what we call stupidity. It sounds like Williams (Socrates) in this conversation is urging us be more focused on learning throughout our lives.
 

William Graves      10:06 AM Tue 2/9/2010

Great piece. I had always thought that Horace Williams was a major real estate developer from the distant past in Chapel Hill until I read your piece. I guess he also owned a lot of land in Chapel Hill too. Pretty amazing for someone who was just a philosophy professor.

I am borrowing a couple of the quotes from your piece and putting them up on the wall above my desk.

 

Patricia Barber      8:25 AM Tue 2/9/2010

What an amazing man and walk. I would love to hike up Gimghoul trail with you someday.
 

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Chapel Hill is located on a hill whose only distinguishing feature in the 18th century was a small chapel on top called New Hope Chapel. This church was built in 1752 and is currently the location of The Carolina Inn. The town was founded in 1819, and chartered in 1851.

 

 

What is it that binds us to this place as to no other? It is not the well or the bell or the stone walls. or the crisp October nights. No, our love for this place is based upon the fact that it is as it was meant to be, The University of the People.

-- Charles Kuralt

 

 

Dark Side of the Hill -- Pink Floyd, the creators of the most popular album in history, Dark Side of the Moon, took the second half of their name from Floyd Council, a Chapel Hill native, and great blues singer and guitarist. He once belonged to a group called "The Chapel Hillbillies".

 

 

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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.

 

 

Chapel Hill's main street has always been called Franklin Street. It was named after Benjamin Franklin in the early 1790s.

 

 



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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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