Orange County, North Carolina
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Orange County, North Carolina

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 used as the home of the North Carolina state legislature during the American Revolution, as well as serving as a military base by British General Charles Cornwallis in late February 1781.

The county size was much reduced through 1881 with Guilford, Wake, Chatham, Caswell, Alamance and Durham being created from Orange county in 1771, 1777, 1849 and 1881.

 Its county seat is Hillsborough

Cities and Towns

Carrboro * Chapel Hill * Hillsborough
Parts of the City of Mebane and Durham, are located in Orange County.

Unincorporated Communities

Blackwood * Buckhorn (also known as Cheeks Crossroads) * Caldwell * Calvander * Carr * Cedar Grove * Dodsons Crossroads * Dogwood Acres
Efland * Eno * Eubanks * Fairview * Hurdle Mills * Laws * McDade * Miles * Oaks * Orange Grove * Piney Grove * Rougemont * Schley *
Teer * University (formerly known as Glenn) * White Cross


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Website Updates:
Jan 2015:  obits for MOORE, HARDY, COLLINS, DONNELLY
Oct 2014: Obit: Dr. Joel Battle
Previous Updates: Bios: Jackson



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Person County, NC - northeast
Durham County, NC - east
Chatham County, NC - south
Alamance County, NC - west
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