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Welcome to Historic Moorefields

We look forward to sharing Moorefields’ 237th year with you!

These last two years have been difficult for most of us, as well as a challenge to the institutions and organizations we depend upon.

Now that it appears the most acute dangers posed by COVID-19 have receded, our public life is returning to some semblance of normality.

For the Friends of Moorefields that means again welcoming the community — sharing our hikes and musical events,  open houses, the findings of ongoing archaeological investigations, the peace and beauty of Moorefields’ fields and woods, gardens and 1785 house.  ​​​​​​​To make that happen, and to advance the artistic, educational, environmental and historic preservation mission of the Friends of Moorefields, we ask this holiday season that you consider a contribution to help us preserve and enhance Moorefields, one of our community’s rarest and most historic assets.

Each year supporters like you join the Friends’ efforts to explore, protect and extend access to the rich history, heritage and ambience of Moorefields, a property listed in the National Register of Historic Places amid 70 acres of formal gardens, woods and permanent pasture just southwest of Hillsborough.

We continue to restore and improve the house built by enslaved people for Alfred Moore – Revolutionary War soldier, UNC founder, U.S. Supreme Court justice; to refine the grounds near the house and to enhance the wildlife refuge beyond; and to delve unabashedly into the history of those who lived and labored at Moorefields.

As pandemic restrictions eased we resumed tours of the house and grounds for our warm-weather, “Last Sunday” open houses. The nearby trail at Seven Mile Creek Preserve, maintained by Orange County, is accessible year-round to visitors too.

Looking ahead, we are planning to host our tenth spring wildflower hike in April. Soon afterward we’ll conduct our sixth historic pathways hike, followed by a fourth bird-watching outing. We welcome suggestions for similar activities.

Come September, as part of our commitment to the arts we’ll present our eighth (almost) annual bluegrass festival, and perhaps more. The most recent festival held in 2019  was another success, with great local music, food trucks, and plenty of family fun.  We look forward to hosting this celebration in 2022!

​​​​​​​We depend upon our partnership with community members like you, who remained so generous even as we hit pause on most activities. Please support our efforts by sending a tax-deductible contribution to the Friends of Moorefields at 2201 Moorefields Road, Hillsborough, NC 27278, or make a secure donation by clicking here.

And please do come and share this special place with us again in 2022.

 Thank you, and all best wishes for the holidays!

Mike Hammersley, President
Barry Jacobs, Executive Director
Friends of Moorefields Trustees:
Todd Dickinson, Eric Hallman, Pam Hemminger,
Robin Jacobs, Sarah Parris, Deborah Piscitelli, ​
​Elizabeth Matheson, Pat Revels, Rich Shaw, Cathleen Turner

A special Thank-You and Holiday Good Wishes to the Sponsors of our Moorefields Bluegrass Festival who supported Moorefields even when we had to cancel the 2021 Festival!

Chapel Hill/Orange County Visitors Bureau   
CRA Associates, Inc. • Sports Endeavors • PHE • Summit Design and Engineering Services         
EastWest Partners • Wegmans • Bailey’s Bees • Vaguely Reminiscent 
Duke Energy • Tom Struckmeyer, Edward Jones • Orange County Sportsplex   
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Moorefields was built in 1785 as a summer home by Alfred Moore, a Revolutionary military leader, founder of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and prominent jurist who ultimately served as the second and last North Carolinian on the United States Supreme Court. The house was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1972 by Edward Draper-Savage, an artist and UNC French professor. The 70 acres of woodlands and permanent pasture at Moorefields are currently maintained as a wildlife refuge. Owned by the Moorefields Foundation, a tax-exempt nonprofit, the property is administered by the Friends of Moorefields and is open for scheduled use by groups and individuals. Please explore our Web site to learn more. Get involved by contributing to and becoming a member of the Friends of Moorefields, click Donate Button“.

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