Hillsborough, NC —(February 19, 2020) – Spring weekends at Hillsborough’s Historic Moorefields means special hikes, open house tours and an annual gala brunch. Moorefields sits on 70 beautiful acres just 20 minutes from downtown Chapel Hill and Durham and a short drive from downtown Hillsborough, N.C.

The 10th annual spring wildflower hike is Saturday, April 4. The 2020 hike will explore the ridges and bottomlands near Seven Mile Creek, one of Orange County’s most significant and undisturbed natural areas. It will be led by Milo Pyne, an N.C. State-trained botanist, retired senior regional ecologist for NatureServe and an expert on Piedmont wildflowers. The hike from Moorefields is 10 am – 12 pm. 

The 3rd annual Birding Hike guided by Helen Kalevas is Saturday, April 18  from 8 am –10 am. Kalevas is an expert on avian ecology who has taught Ornithology lab and bird identification at Northern Arizona University. Please bring binoculars and prepare for insects and uneven terrain. (Rain date is April 19.)

The 2020 Historic Roads Hike is Saturday, April 25 in the woods surrounding Moorefields to see the traces of roadbeds from times gone by. The moderately strenuous hike, from 10 am – 12 pm, will be led by Tom Magnuson, of the Trading Path Association.  The TPA is a non-profit located in Hillsborough. Its purpose is to find, map, and protect landscape remnants of the contact and colonial era in southeastern North America, on England’s first American frontier.

Beginning the last Sunday of the month from April through August, come to Moorefields for open house tours to see the historic home and grounds.   Volunteers will be there to answer questions and direct you to points of interest: artistic, historical and horticultural. View artwork, sculpture and antiques; visit the old cemetery or walk down to the creek or stroll in the shaded hedges. Or just sit a spell in a rocker on the 235-year-old front porch and listen to the quiet. The Last Sunday open houses are from 1 – 5 pm with the first one on April 26.

A voluntary donation for the hikes and open houses goes to the Friends of Moorefields to help coordinate events such as these. 

Finally, the Gala Spring Brunch in the Hedges at Moorefields is Sunday, May 3 from 11:30 am – 2 pm. This annual spring event includes a catered buffet brunch on the lawn with Champagne, wine and spirits, live music by The JazzTones and house tours, grounds tours & classic lawn games. Suzanne Adair, an award-winning mystery novelist, will speak on “Regulators, Revolution and Two Brave Patriots of Hillsborough” featuring Alfred Moore, builder of Moorefields.

Gala tickets may be ordered by check payable to Friends of Moorefields, 2201 Moorefields Road, Hillsborough, NC 27278 or secured online at by Thursday, April 30. Call (919) 732-4384 for more information.  Proceeds benefit the educational, environmental, artistic and preservation mission of Historic Moorefields. 

Moorefields was built in 1785 as a summer home by Moore, a military, educational and judicial leader who ultimately served as the second and last North Carolinian on the United States Supreme Court. It can be rented for weddings, retreats and other functions. 



Media Contacts
Mike Hammersley, President, Friends of Moorefields Board (919) 201-2284
Barry Jacobs, Executive Director, Friends of Moorefields (919) 732-4384

Photo – Expansive Lawn of the beautiful Historic Moorefields courtesy of Chapel Hill/Orange County Visitors Bureau