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Chapel Hill a Hundred Years Ago

by Charly Mann


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Kaiden      2:29 PM Fri 8/19/2011

Thanks for shinarg. What a pleasure to read!

Stephen Hait      8:59 PM Tue 2/8/2011

Really enjoyed this piece, Charly. Thanks so much for all your work!

Ron Wells      1:33 PM Mon 1/31/2011

I've had the pleasure of inspecting a lot of the older buildings in town, including the Horace Williams house, the old law office, etc. I was told that 400 W. Columbia Street had the first indoor plumbing (there was still a 1927 commode in a servants area when I inspected it 20 or so years ago).

bill davenport      11:04 PM Mon 5/17/2010

growing up in chapel hill in the sixties and seventies, I drove a cab for tar heel cab company in the early seventies while in school. the location was called " crooks corner", and currently is home to a restaurant of the same name. the experience brings back many memories of long ago, and of a chapel hill that no longer exists. it is a much different place now, when I return for a visit, I am amazed by the changes. thanks for the memories

Karen Hill      6:14 PM Fri 4/30/2010

Just discovered your site, and have spent the last four hours reading many of the articles. As a former resident this brings back lots of great memories.

Rebecca Cole      6:47 AM Thu 4/29/2010

This is fascinating. I had no idea how much Chapel Hill had changed in the last 100 years. Are you the "official" historian of Chapel Hill?

Danial Foushee      9:19 AM Tue 4/27/2010

As someone who just turned 70, 100 years ago does not seem that long ago, but no indoor plumbing, cars, central heat, and air-conditioning make me appreciate just how far we have come and how quickly it has happened.

Becky Gordon      9:30 PM Mon 4/26/2010

What a great piece. This really puts time into perspective for me. How did you get all those great old photos and ads?

Bill B.      7:27 PM Mon 4/26/2010

Very interesting information and very good research, Charly.<br \><br \>My memories of Chapel Hill are from about 50 years ago today. It&#39;s interesting to think that at that time there were people like me with memories from 50 years previous and some of them are still around.<br \><br \>The Mayor must have been quite old since the Civil war had been over for 45 years.

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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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