Chapel Hill, North Carolina traces its roots back to the birth of our nation. It is home to America's first public university. The community that has built up around UNC is cosmopolitan interlaced with spectacular natural beauty, giving it an authentic small town feel. With its quiet winding streets, stone walls and small shops surrounded by small streams and steep, wooded slopes, it is easy to see why it has earned the nickname the "Southern Part of Heaven."
The center of Chapel Hill's existence is the University of North Carolina. The first cornerstone of the university was laid in 1739 and became forever embedded in American history. There are many historic structures sprinkled throughout the campus' lush green lawns. The Old Well is one of the most iconic landmarks on the campus of the University of North Carolina. It is said that if you drink from the fountain that sits above the well on the first day of classes, you will get straight A's. It was the sole source of water for the university for many years. Today, there is a fountain sitting on it that resembles the Temple of Love in France. It is surrounded by benches lush grass and beautiful flower beds. The Old Well is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is recognized as a National Landmark for Outstanding Architecture with the American Society of Landscape Architects.
The North Carolina Botanical Garden located on the UNC campus is one of the most extensive native plant botanical gardens in the Southeast United States. It was started by the first professor of Botany, Professor William Chambers Coker in 1903. He began planting trees and shrubs in the center campus, which is now known as Coker Arboretum. Among the various Asian inspired plants of Coker Arboretum, you will find an ancient stone circle and an abundance of native vine arbor. The North Carolina Botanical Garden has grown to include 14 collections of display gardens with its sole purpose includes researching, cataloging and promoting the native plant species of North Carolina. Battle Park is one of these gardens. It is a forest located in the center of Chapel Hill and holds one of the legacies of UNC. The Forest Theatre is a stone amphitheater built into the hillside and was home to the Carolina PlayMakers for a time.
The splendor that is Chapel Hill does not stop at the University of North Carolina. The town is several sites that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Although not yet on that list, the Carolina Inn is a member of the Historic Hotels of America, a program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. It sits on the spot where the New Hope Church stood until the American Revolution. New Hope Church was built as a "chapel of ease" commissioned by the Church of England in 1752 at a hilltop crossroads, which is where the city got its name.
A walk down Franklin Street is a peek back in history. The street is named after Benjamin Franklin, who was one of the commissioners of UNC. Many of the historic homes in Chapel Hill line this street. Some of these include the President's House, Samuel Phillips House and the city's first law firm. Sutton's Drug Store operates one of the last remaining traditional soda fountains in North Carolina and has remained unchanged since it opened in 1923.
The Chapel Hill Museum located on Franklin Street was established in 1996 with the mission to preserve, exhibit and interpret the culture of the town. It is a perfect place to visit to learn about Chapel Hill's evolution and the key figures that had a hand in that growth. There is a special exhibit of Franklin Street that is a walk along its timeline. The museum also offers many educational programs for all ages.
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