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It’s spring and we are excited to invite you back to Moorefields to share some of our favorite events!

Thank you to Milo Pyne and Laura Cotterman for leading our Spring Wildflower Hike on a beautiful afternoon.  Slots in the hike were filled within hours of posting the information.  Next spring we hope to schedule two hikes.  Still to come this month: 

Spring Birding Walk

Join us Saturday morning, May 7 at 8:00 a.m. for our annual Birding Walk. Led by Helen Kalevas, we will explore the Moorefields grounds and learn about the birds who share this place with us in spring.  Helen is an expert on avian ecology who has taught ornithology lab and bird identification at Northern Arizona University, and is an Eno River Association Board Member.
No registration required. The hike is free but a $5 donation is suggested.  Click here to make a donation. Rain date: May 8.

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 Sunday of each month through 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

We have missed this great event in the past two years, but plans are in the works to bring it back in a big way for 2022.  Mark your calendar for Saturday September 10th and stay tuned for more details.
Thank you!
​​​​​​​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
And a special Thank-You 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   
Let us email you to keep you up to date about Upcoming Events at MOOREFIELDS!      

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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