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Chapel Hill Memories Returns

After receiving an outpouring of e-mails, letters, phone calls, and comments asking me to continue Chapel Hill Memories in some form, Chapel Hill Memories is back in a subscription format.

For $30 a year you will have access to all our new and existing content. You may also buy a lifetime subscription for $100. With a subscription, your login id will be activated to access the Chapel Hill Memories website. 

We decided to go the subscription route for two main reasons:

1) Our articles and photos have routinely been copied and used on other websites and Facebook without our authorization or credit.

2) The costs in time and money for creating this website are substantial. Unlike many blogs Chapel Hill Memories was custom developed from scratch and required several hundred hours of programming. I have also invested a lot in acquisition of materials and other items to include in articles. We have done all of this to provide the best experience possible to those interested in preserving and reliving memories of Chapel Hill.

Upcoming articles include: A profile of Maurice Julian and Julian’s Clothing Store; Behind the scenes at the Ranch House restaurant; The secret story of a NASA Space Capsule crash landing outside of Chapel Hill in 1961 with lots of photos of the capsule and crash site; The early years of the Cat’s Cradle; The man Chapel Hillians said they would always remembe and then forgot; The history of the UNC-Duke rivalry; The day dogs were no longer allowed to run free in Chapel Hill; Chapel Hill businesses from the 1970s nobody remembers; and The history of pizza in Chapel Hill.

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Charly Mann

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Chapel Hill's Super Rich in 1968

by Charly Mann

In the summer of 1968 I was 18 years old and looking forward to entering UNC as a freshman in the Class of 1972 that fall. I was also, like many of the left-leaning youth of the time, critical of the tremendous income disparity in our country. That year it was the not the top 1% we were outraged at, it was the top 2%. These were the families who had an income of $20,000 or more a year. (No that is not a typo – that is $20,000 a year.) In Chapel Hill I suspected that fewer than 1% were making that much, but I was determined to find some of them and see how decadently they lived.

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1968 - The Year of Major Changes at UNC

by Charly Mann

During the fall of 1968 Chapel Hill endured a severe drought which threatened the water supply of the entire community. As a result, The Chapel Hill Merchants Association sponsored a contest at UNC for the dorm which would use the fewest gallons of water per resident in the month of October. The winner of the contest was Ruffin Dormitory which was officially named the Dirtiest Dorm on the UNC campus. During October its residents averaged only 837 gallons of water usage. This was is in contrast to an average use of 2000 gallons per student at most other dorms and fraternities.

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Why I love Chapel Hill and UNC best covered in Snow

by Charly Mann

One of the best things about Chapel Hill is that it has four distinct seasons. The most memorable and glorious for me was winter because that was when snow would often blanket the town for a week or more.

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Steve Gillette's 1968 Performance at UNC Chapel Hill

by Charly Mann

On March 23, 1968 I had the pleasure to see Steve Gillette, a phenomenal Southern California singer-songwriter, perform at The University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. In spite of not yet releasing his first album Gillette was already a legend in my circle of friends. In 1965 his now classic song Darcy Farrow had appeared on Ian and Sylvia's monumental Early Morning Rain album, and several of his compositions were already staples around campfires and in the sets of several other great folk singers including Gordon Lightfoot. His fame was further cemented in 1967 when he dueted and played guitar with Linda Ronstadt on his song Back on the Street Again. In 1968 it seemed like everyone was covering his songs and Back on the Street Again was a national hit by a group called The Sunshine Company. I, along with most of the crowd around me, was awed by his performance that evening. He proved to be as a good a showman and singer as he was a songwriter. I had always admired a good song no matter what the genre, but to see a composer with such a great voice effortlessly ease through a set of his own songs with good humor made the show a transcendant experience. At the end of his performance the applause seemed to go on forever.

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Chapel Hill Turkeys and a Saint

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When I was a young boy in the 1950s I often spent delightful afternoons at the farm of the Reverend Clarence Parker located off Mt. Carmel Church Road not far from where it intersects with 15-501. Father Parker, as most people called him, was a retired Episcopal priest who was in his early 80s. He was the kindest and most gentle human being I have ever known. Surrounding his rustic house was a field that contained a number of large hickory and maple trees. Running free through this expanse was a large number of farm animals including chickens, goats, ducks, cows, and turkeys.

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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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