Recently, The National Trust for Historic Preservation named Chapel Hill as one of its DOZEN DISTINCTIVE DESTINATIONS, and the honor was not a surprise to anyone familiar with the Southern Part of Heaven.
According to the Chapel Hill News, “Chapel Hill was selected for its charm, cultural offerings and dedication to protecting its heritage.” John Hildreth, Director of the Southern Office of the National Trust for Historic Preservation stated “Chapel Hill is the perfect place for travelers looking for a truly distinctive destination.”
The university campus sparked the development of the town. In truth, a portion of the university property was severed into lots designated for business use and the proceeds were utilized to build the first state university buildings. The university and the town have always been inseparable. University professors built Chapel Hill’s original estates. The university served the town while the town served the university. The tradition that began in 1789 continues today.