About Open Orange

Open Orange is based on the Contributing Structure platform, a Drupal-based website created by Gary Kueber and several Drupal developers. Its first iteration was Open Durham, a crowdsourced (think Wikipedia) inventory of buildings, people, and places in Durham, NC, which Gary donated to Preservation Durham in May 2016.

Open Orange aims to be a county-wide inventory for Orange County, North Carolina. It's easy to create a login and begin adding information and stories to the site - see the support page. The best information and most compelling stories about our history and our built environment comes from people like you.

The site is not a non-profit, because of the headache of maintaining a non-profit - but it is not-for-profit. Its purpose is to create easier access to historical and architectural information for busy 21st century folks - with a focus on a very local and granular history of the places people might encounter on a daily basis.


Site Credits:

Conception / Keeping things running: Gary Kueber

Authorship: Gary Kueber and Steve Rankin

Initial Design: QuickBrownFox Design

Developers: Christina Dulude, Alisa Herr, Chris Russo, Cuberis, Carlos Valdivia, Barb Baranski



Lloyd, Allen A. and Pauline O. History of the Town of Hillsborough 1754-1966. Self-published.

Hugh Lefler and Paul Wager (eds.). Orange County: 1754-1954. Chapel Hill: The Orange Printshop, 1953.

Carrboro, Images of America.

Carrboro, N.C.: An Architectural & Historic Buildings Inventory, 1983

Hillsborough, Images of America.

Library of Congress (HABS, FSA)

UNC - Chapel Hill (Postcard Collection, Maps)

North Carolina State Historic Preservation Office

Orange County, NC Historic Information Cache (by Steve Rankin; no longer updated)

Orange County Trio - Histories and Tour Guides. Elizabeth Shreve Ryan, Chapel Hill Press, Chapel Hill, NC, 2004.

Pelican Guide to Hillsborough, Lucille Dula.

National Register of Historic Places Hillsborough Historic District Additional Documentation: 01/22/2014. Prepared by Heather Slane.

Photocensus: A Photographic Survey of Buildings in the Hillsborough , N.C. Historic District Built Prior to 1950.  Susan McArtor Bellinger. 1991.

Hillsborough, North Carolina General Development Plan 1968-1988

Colonial Inn Cookbook

A Sketch of the School of Miss Nash and Miss Kollock, by Mrs. W. S. Primbone, 1926

History of the Churches of Hillsborough

Gardens of Historic Hillsborough

Silhouette: Hillsbrough High Yearbook (1958, 1940, 1938)

Peck, Todd, and Jody Carter. Historic Architecture of Orange County. Orange County Historic Properties Commission, Hillsborough, North Carolina. 1993.

Mattson, Richard L. History and Architecture of Orange County, N.C. Orange County Planning and Development Department, Hillsborough, North Carolina. 1996.

Blue Flame: Central High Yearbook (1957)

The Daily Tar Heel (newspaper)
Hillsboro Recorder (newspaper)
Hillsborough Recorder (newspaper)
Yackety Yack (UNC yearbook)
The Orange Echo (Lincoln High School newspaper)
HillLife (Chapel Hill High School yearbook)
USDA aerial photos (Orange County). 1938, 1955, 1975.
   Plan of the Town of Hillsboro, by S.T. Alderman (October 1863)
   Map of Chapel Hill, as it was in 1875-1885, by H. D. Carter (1934)
   Chapel Hill & Carrboro NC Negro Community, by Charles Freeman (May 1944)
   Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps (Chapel Hill/Carrboro). 1911, 1915, 1925
   Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps (Hillsboro). 1888, 1894, 1900, 1905, 1911, 1924, 1943
   Map of Hillsboro, by William L. Spoon (1908)
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People sources:

Tom Campanella

Tom Magnuson

Ernie Dollar

Peter Sandbeck

Mark Chilton

Steve Davis

David Southern (RIP, 1946-2021); much (most?) of the information on this site would not have been made available without him