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Here at Moorefields the bees are humming around the hives out in the field, the birds are flitting over the lawns and through the trees, and we are planning a busy summer.  Painting continues on the exterior of the house. We will also be replacing the front porch on the house with one that is in better condition and more historically accurate.  Thank you to the Marion Stedman Covington Foundation and the Ochiltree Foundation for funding these important projects.
Last Sunday Open House afternoons continue through the summer.  We’re also deep into preparations for the 2022 Moorefields Bluegrass Festival.  After two years of cancellations due to Covid we are excited to be planning once again for this great event!

Last Sundays

Last Sundays Open House afternoons kicked off Sunday April 24 on what turned out to be a lovely afternoon for touring the grounds and visiting the historic Moorefields house. We invite you to join us on the last Sundays of June and August 27 from 1:00 to 5:00 to stroll the grounds and gardens, and take a free tour of the historic house.  Visit the Moore family cemetery, as well as the graves of the cats of former owner Edward Draper-Savage, and if you are so inclined, take a walk through the adjoining Seven Mile Creek Nature Preserve. Friends of Moorefields Board Members will be on hand to talk about the history of Moorefields and update you on special projects like our conservation partnership with the Eno River Association, Orange County, and the North Carolina Land and Water Fund.   

Moorefields Bluegrass Festival

Saturday, September 10, 2-7 pm

Join us for a fun and entertaining afternoon on our 60 acres of lawn and shady grounds. Bring a chair or blanket; listen to music; explore our gardens and woods down to the creek.

We’ll have WINE, BEER, water and drinks, and FOOD TRUCKS., and ​the Best Local Bluegrass around on our re-constructed front porch!

Pickard Mountain, GrassStreet, Nixon Blevins and Gage, Vintage Blue, and Bluegrass Experience

Adults $15, Teens 13-17 $10, Kids 12 and under FREE!
Click here to purchase tickets or buy your tickets at the gate*

Rain date Sunday September 11, 2022, 2:00 to 7:00 pm
*Mandatory sales tax will be collected.  Fees will be apply for online ticket sales. 

Thank-You to the Sponsors of our Moorefields Bluegrass Festival!

Chapel Hill/Orange County Visitors Bureau   
CRA Associates, Inc. • Sports Endeavors • Jaime and Jim Parker •       
EastWest Partners • Bailey’s Bees • Vaguely Reminiscent •
Duke Energy • Tom Struckmeyer, Edward Jones • Orange County Sportsplex   
​​​​​​​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.
Friends of Moorefields Trustees
Mike Hammersley, President
Barry Jacobs, Executive Director
​​​​​​​Todd Dickinson, Eric Hallman, Pam Hemminger,
Robin Jacobs, Sarah Parris, Deborah Piscitelli, ​
​Elizabeth Matheson, Pat Revels, Rich Shaw, Cathleen Turner

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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