Chapel Hill News

Chapel Hill tour guides walkers through history

Visitors and residents can use their phones now to trace the history of East Franklin Street and the Old Chapel Hill Cemetery.

Explore Chapel Hill has been in the works for more than a year, Preservation Chapel Hill officials said. The nonprofit preservation group developed the history tour in partnership with the Chapel Hill-Orange County Visitors Bureau.

Preservation Chapel Hill interns collected research and photographs, wrote scripts and edited the tours, which are narrated by local radio personalities Freddie Kiger and Ron Stutts. A Strowd Roses grant paid for the project.

“These self-guided and interactive tours will expand opportunities to explore Chapel Hill’s historic places,” said Cheri Szcodronski, executive director of Preservation Chapel Hill. “Previously, tours were limited to the availability of volunteers. Now, people can take a tour at their convenience.”

A map of tour stops, photographs and audio are available on the Explore Chapel Hill website (, or tour visitors can call 919-428-2006 to hear an audio tour.

Tour brochures are available at the Horace Williams House, 610 E. Rosemary St., and the Chapel Hill-Orange County Visitors Center, 501 W. Franklin St. Brochures also can be downloaded at

Preservation Chapel Hill is a nonprofit group that preserves Chapel Hill and Carrboro’s historic places and offers educational programs and history exhibits. More information is available at