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Hector's of Chapel Hill - Famous Since 1969

by Charly Mann


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Todd III      6:29 AM Thu 12/29/2011

GGC all the way......It was automatic. !!!!!

Kevin Dobbs      6:06 AM Tue 12/13/2011

Great memories at Hectors from '72 through '79. It was truly the hangout! Kevin

Rory Pender      4:01 PM Sat 11/5/2011

Hector&#39;s sold great hot dogs. I worked for two years selling Hector&#39;s Hot Dogs at all the UNC games during 1972 and 1973. I was in the 7th grade and would work until just till the end of half-time. All the hot dogs would be gone!. I would always ask to have three put away from me and get a coke and watch the rest of the game. I&#39;d make 20to 25 dollars. Life was good for a 7th grader.<br \>

John D. - Class of 1982      10:38 AM Fri 8/27/2010

My roommate and I worked at Slug&#39;s at the Pines (famous for their prime rib) while attending UNC. We would often skip eating free at Slug&#39;s just so we could get a Greek grilled cheese at Hector&#39;s on the way home from work. Man, I wish I had one right now!

Mark      1:48 PM Sat 7/24/2010

Go to youwereheretees.com to buy Hectors tee shirt, with the original 20 rules. Also see The Rat, The Porthole, and many others.

lcromartie      11:49 AM Mon 3/22/2010

I have to correct myself...I got in touch with my roommate from back then who said Harry&#39;s WAS next to the P.O. Wish someone would post a photo!

TarheelLinda      6:22 PM Sun 3/21/2010

Sorry Charly, <br \>I first came to Chapel Hill the summer of 1970...just in time to eat at Harry&#39;s (a deli) before the owner (Harry&#39;s son) painted it in psychedelic colors and lost the lease. I&#39;m not sure exactly when Hector&#39;s opened but I think it must have been sometime in 1971. <br \> <br \>

Paul Hooper      12:58 PM Fri 2/5/2010

The last good hot dog I had was in June of 1970 at Hector&#39;s. I do not think anyone comes close to their hot dogs today.

J Crosby      10:09 AM Wed 2/3/2010

I have lived in Chapel Hill since 1996 and use to go to Hector&#39;s at least twice a week for the atmosphere as much as the food. It is a shame it closed. It was one of the places that made downtown truly unique.

Kelly R. - Class of 1974      2:59 PM Tue 2/2/2010

Thanks for your tribute to Hector&#39;s. I lived in Chapel Hill during its glory days: from 1970 to 1974. It really was as special as you describe. They also had terrific corn on the cob.

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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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