By Richard Ellington Richard Ellington was born and raised in Carrboro. He is married with two daughters, and he retired from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2011 after 43 years in the IT division. He is an avid genealogist/family historian, as well as a local history aficionado.
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    Buying Groceries in Carrboro

    June 4, 2015 at 5:12 pm

    Cliff’s Meat Market in Carrboro is the last in a series of local grocery merchants that have served the people of the area for several generations. Most of these merchants were locals who saw the opportunity to provide a service to their friends and neighbors and hopefully make a buck to support themselves and their […]

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    Prisoners Of War In Carrboro

    May 7, 2015 at 5:00 am

    Many people in our area are not aware that the town of Butner in Granville County was originally named Camp Butner. It was created in 1942 from over 40,000 acres of farmland and forest that the War Department “purchased” (read as stole) from the families in that area. There were families, farms, churches and even […]


    The Colonial Inn Deserves Better

    August 5, 2014 at 9:02 am

    I have many fond memories of the Colonial Inn in Hillsborough. Most of these memories date to the 1950s, when my family would drive to Hillsborough (or “Hillsboro,” as they spelled it back then) to have lunch at the Inn. We would go there after attending Sunday School and church services at Carrboro Baptist. That […]


    The Other Julian Carr

    June 10, 2014 at 6:00 am

    Everybody knows that Julian Shakespeare Carr was the namesake of the town of Carrboro, although we are not exactly sure why. Everybody also knows that Julian Carr was the man who bought the old mill in downtown Carrboro. What most people don’t know is what Julian Carr did outside of Carrboro. Julian was born about […]


    All Aboard The Carrboro Whooper!

    April 8, 2014 at 6:00 am

    I have always loved the mystique of trains, particularly trains pulled by steam engines. My Dad and I used to take “railfan” trips whenever they were run anywhere nearby. Southern Railroad maintained steam engines and special train cars until the late 1980s so they could offer these special rides to fans like us. Steam engines […]


    Did The Revolutionary War Start In Orange County?

    March 25, 2014 at 6:00 am

    I am a Southern boy, and proud of it. My unscientific survey tells me that Southerners know more about their area’s history than folks from other areas of our country. This is why I am mad at the folks that write history textbooks. Apparently all US history books are written by Yankees, because most of […]


    Locavores Are Nothing New

    March 10, 2014 at 1:10 pm

    We hear a lot these days about farmers’ markets (particularly in Carrboro), and how we all should buy local and eat local. This is a great idea, but it is not a new one. Folks in Carrboro have been doing this since the first community, so this idea was not a foreign one to many […]


    Where Is Jones Ferry?

    February 27, 2014 at 10:26 am

    I love to ride ferries. The longer the ride, the better. I will drive out of my way just to take a ride on a ferry, even if I have ridden that one before. I have ridden all but one of the North Carolina state ferries, as well as a couple of privately-owned ferries located […]


    How Orange County Came To Be

    February 11, 2014 at 6:00 am

    My name is Richard Ellington, and I am a local history nut! I was born and raised in Orange County, and all my family lines have lived in this area for over 200 years. I am currently President of the Chapel Hill Historical Society, so you can see that I am serious about my passion. […]