CHAPEL HILL, NC – (September 20, 2023) - Kick off Fall with a guided walk of downtown Chapel Hill. Visiting town? Are you a newcomer to this area? Are you a longtime resident with a desire to refresh your knowledge of our local history? You are invited to “Walk with a Local” on a walking tour of downtown Chapel Hill to explore the shared history, outstanding Talent and stories that link town and campus together.

“These free tours, on select Fridays at 3:30 pm, are guided by a Hometown Local History Ambassador, a program of the Chapel Hill Historical Society in collaboration with the Chapel Hill/Orange County Welcome Center,” said Chapel Hill Resident and Historian Missy Julian Fox who created the tours.

The tour will last 60 - 90 minutes and begin from the Welcome Center at 308 W. Franklin Street, Chapel Hill. Please sign up for a Hometown Ambassadors Walking Tour online on the Heart of the Hills Tour website. Tour dates were selected to offer the greatest opportunity for participation and, also for a variety of helpful insights. 

The walking tours will leave at 3:00 pm on the following Fridays:

  • September 22, 2023 @3PM
  • September 29, 2023 @3PM
  • October 6, 2023 @3PM
  • October 13, 2023 @3PM
  • October 27, 2023 @3PM

Free parking is available for visitors to the welcome center and tour participants at 308 W. Franklin Street. For other information visit


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For tour information, contact Missy Julian Fox at