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Welcome to Historic Moorefields

Earlier this summer we were excited to re-open Moorefields and invite you back share some of our favorite events, but like many others, we are now scaling back for a while.


1:00 – 5:00 pm on the Last Sunday afternoon of each month through September 26

The historic house will not be open on Sunday September 26 but the grounds and gardens will be.  We still invite you to come for a stroll or to sit on the porch to enjoy the view.

  Friends of Moorefields Board Members will be on hand to talk about the history of this special place and update you on new projects like our archaeological investigation of the grounds for evidence of historic habitation by enslaved persons and others.
This will be the final Last Sunday event for this season.  Check our website for Last Sunday events beginning in the spring of 2022.


We hated to do it, but the Moorefields Board of Directors has decided that it’s best to cancel the Moorefields Bluegrass Festival for this year. Although we’d love to get outside and enjoy some great music on the lawn at Moorefields with us, we also need to do our part to help keep everyone safe.

We look forward to seeing you at this great event next year!

Thanks to everyone who has already purchased tickets.  Refunds are being processed.

Thanks to our great bands! 

The Carolina CutupsGrassStreet  • Vintage Blue
Bluegrass ExperienceCounterclockwise String Band

And thanks to our fabulous sponsors!

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   

The Moorefields Bluegrass Festival is our biggest fundraiser of the year.  Proceeds from the Festival help the Friends of Moorefields maintain the 1785 house and grounds, explore the history of Moorefields and the people who lived here, and share this special resource.  Please consider becoming a member of the Friends of Moorefields by making a contribution here, or send a check to the address at the bottom of the page.  Thank you!

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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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