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Carolina In The Morning is About Chapel Hill

by Charly Mann


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Weeks Parker      8:53 PM Fri 3/18/2011

If the composer of the song entitled "Carolina in the Morning" had been writing about The University of North Carolina, he probably would have written "Nothing could be finer than to be at Carolina in the morning" rather than "Nothing could be finer than to be in Carolina in the morning." It could be that the author of that song knew that both North and South Carolina were once a part of the state of Virginia. In the 1700's The state of Carolina was formed and later it was divided into two seperate states known as North and South Crolina. Most people are not aware that there ever was a state called Carolina.

Morning Glory      5:20 PM Wed 8/26/2009

The late Tim McLaurin was living in Chapel Hill when he wrote the following in his autobiography, "Keeper of the Moon," but he was writing about a rural community just outside Fayetteville: "If indeed there exists a physical heaven, I hope it is patterned after North Carolina between the summer hours of six and eight a.m." (P. 19) And the inscription on the sundial declares that it's always morning somewhere in the world. So why not rein in the chauvinism a little and not assume that every good thing has to be centered in Chapel Hill?

Pearly Gates      3:17 PM Thu 3/26/2009

I think James Taylor could do a great version of this song.

Fred Pace      8:17 AM Thu 3/26/2009

I had never connected the song Carolina in the Morning to Chapel Hill before, but I think it makes good sense.

Memphis Clark      4:28 PM Wed 3/25/2009

Where do you find these songs? I use to hear the Dean Martin version on WCHL, and once heard an awful version by Al Jolson when I was about 10. I'm now 93, and my granddaughter just played these for me.

A Gann      12:30 PM Wed 3/25/2009

Really nice piece. I'm thinking about moving to Chapel Hill from Pittsburgh, and this is pushing me more in your direction.

B Quicksilver      8:43 AM Wed 3/25/2009

My favorite is your second version by Daryl Sherman.

mikal      9:22 PM Tue 3/24/2009

I can't believe you got a photo of a butterfly with buttercups. Proof positive that the song is about Chapel Hill.

Brandon Lutz      8:08 PM Tue 3/24/2009

Thanks for finding the Phish version. Wonderful piece.

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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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