North Carolina-Orange County-August 20

North Carolina People, Places, and Things-August 20

I am the dad to five adult children. As they were growing up I attempted to remind them they were special and to implore them to learn something new. My goal was to do that daily.

In 2016 my goal is to learn something new daily on the people, places, and things that make North Carolina special. Everyday this year I am doing a post on what I have learned new.

In 1752 Orange County was formed from parts of Bladen, Granville and Johnston Counties. It is home to the oldest state supported university in the country The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. That campus is part of University of North Carolina System which consists of 17 campuses including UNC Pembroke where I work.

Map below outlined in red depicts Orange County.


Orange County like many counties is named after someone who never lived there. It gets its name from the infant William V of Orange, whose mother Anne, daughter of King George II of Great Britain, was then regent of the Dutch Republic.

Photo below of Anne


Orange County is home to 12 different Bed and Breakfast facilities along with a number of well known restaurants in Chapel Hill, NC.  Franklin Street in Chapel Hill is considered the social center of the town.

franklin street

Since the 1980s, crowds from across North Carolina have flocked to the Franklin Street to celebrate Halloween. The event is dubbed Fright on Franklin.

Although the event was originally designed for the Chapel Hill community at large, recent turnouts of more than 80,000 attendees forced the city to aim efforts to exclusively include only those within the community and students of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Photo below shows Franklin Street during the celebration.




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