Today Hillsborough is the home of writers, artists, fine restaurants, cool shops, government offices and a cast of characters. It has a long history.
The county was formed in 1752 from parts of Bladen County, Granville County, and Johnston County. It was named for the infant William V of Orange, whose mother Anne, daughter of King George II of Great Britain, was then regent of the Dutch Republic.Hillsborough was founded in 1754 on land where the Great Indian Trading Path crossed the Eno River
In the late 1760s, tensions between (in a nutshell) Piedmont farmers and county officers welled up in theRegulator movement or, as it was known, the War of the Regulation, which had its epicenter in Hillsborough.
Hillsborough was used as the home of the North Carolina state legislature during the American Revolution