About Orange County, North Carolina
Welcome to the Edge of the Triangle
Chapel Hill and the Orange County communities are located on the west edge of what is known as the Triangle area of the Piedmont in North Carolina. It is home to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, an institution of the University of North Carolina System and the oldest state-supported university in the United States. The Orange County county seat of Hillsborough was founded in 1754 on land where the Great Indian Trading Path crossed the Eno River and was first owned, surveyed, and mapped by William Churton (a surveyor for Earl Granville).