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Hike & History of Hollow Rock 3/20/21

Please join us on a hike next Saturday, March 20, at 10 am at Hollow Rock Nature Preserve on Erwin Rd.

Our quest – the hollow rocks on New Hope Creek that were visited by John Lawson in 1701 and described in his book in 1709. The book describes his journey through what is now North and South Carolina but few locations can be identified with as much certainty as this unusual rock formation in our own neighborhood. The route of our hike is relatively flat (one hill) and is dry right now but no guarantees. Please join amateur historians Steve Herman and Walter Fowler for a very worthwhile Saturday morning jaunt. There is more on the NHIA schedule that you will hear about soon.

We ask that all participants wear masks and practice social distancing during this event.

Holiday Greetings

We don’t have to tell you that it’s been a difficult year. All events, including annual elections have been cancelled, and all officers and Board members have agreed to continue their roles for the coming year. We plan to have elections in November 2021. More information will be sent to membership as the time draws closer.

We do have one NHIA project planned before the end of 2020. NHIA is collecting funds for gifts and needed supplies for the residents and staff of PruittHealth-Carolina Point, on Mt. Sinai and Kerley Road. This facility was hit hard early in the Pandemic and they desperately need some holiday cheer as well as day to day necessities. They have no churches or other non-profits who’ve reached out to them. The Activity Director shared with us the Wish List of the residents. Many of the requested items are things like: blankets, socks, body wash, head phones, watches,
and coloring books.

We invite you to donate to this effort at Checks can also be made to NHIA with PruittHealth in the memo line and sent to New Hope Improvement Association, PO Box 16013, Chapel Hill, NC 27516-6013. In order to minimize contagion, the purchased gifts will be collected and delivered by one person. Helping those in the community has always been one of the missions of NHIA and it seemed appropriate to close out this “lean year” with this major project.

We sincerely hope we will be able to resume our annual activities including Ice Cream Social and the Turkey Run in 2021 and we will also reschedule events planned for this year for 2021 once “the way is clear.” Our best to everyone. Stay safe.

Membership Meeting and Talk 4/20/20

Monday, April 20, 2020, at 7 p.m. at the NHIA Building. Membership meeting that all members should attend. 

Monday, April 20, 2020, at 7:15 p.m.The Rankest Rebel Town.  Speaker: Ernest Dollar, Director, City Museum of Raleigh and M. T. Pope Museum.

Union soldiers fought their way into Chapel Hill in April 1865 under Brig. Gen. Judson Kilpatrick (given the unflattering name of Kil-Calvary by his own soldiers).  The soldiers remained during negotiations with skirmishes in Orange County (and what is now Durham County). Learn about what life was like for soldiers and civilians at the end of the war in Orange County.  Talk is suitable for all those in middle school and up in age.

Light refreshments will be served.

Annual Meeting and Potluck Dinner

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Dinner at 6:15 p.m.
Meeting at 7 p.m.

The meeting includes the election of new members to the board, year in review, and financial report.

Fried chicken provided. Please bring a side dish or dessert to share.

The meeting is open to all members and guests. Only members may vote.  Names of the candidates can be found on our Facebook page.

Ice Cream Social and Open House 7/21/19

You are invited to the annual NHIA Ice Cream Social and Open House presented by the New Hope Volunteer Fire Department

Sunday, July 21, 2019
1-3 p.m.

4012 Whitfield Rd, Chapel Hill, at the Association building, and next door at the Fire Department

There will be ice cream and all the toppings, a bouncy house, and fire trucks.

Free and open to the public, though donations will be accepted. Invite neighbors who might not know to come, as well as friends and family. The children always have a wonderful time. Fun for the whole family. 

Meet the neighbors you know and the ones you do not.

From Regulators to Revolution: How Orange County, North Carolina, Changed American History 5/22/19

New Hope Improvement Assoc.

4012 Whitifeld Road, Chapel Hill, NC

The President and the Board of the NHIA invite you, your family and friends to a talk by Scott Washington on Wednesday. May 22nd at 7 p.m at the NHIA building.

The title is: From Regulators to Revolution: How Orange County, North Carolina, Changed American History

Free and open to all.

Please bring a dessert that can be shared.

Mr. Scott Washington was  Assistant Director of the Orange County Historical Museum in Hillsborough. He is an American historian, scholar. writer, and a lively speaker. Scott is the weekly co-host of “History Matters” on the Aaron Keck Show, broadcast on WCHL FM radio in Chapel Hill and heard throughout the Triangle area and on the Internet.

Nature Hike and Food Drive 4/6/19

Johnson Mill Guided Hike begins at 10:00 am in the parking lot at 6001 Turkey Farm Rd, Chapel Hill, and will cover about one mile, with an optional trillium hunt/hike at the end.

Parking is limited so we encourage you to carpool. Carpoolers will depart from the New Hope Improvement Association at 9:45 am.  (What a convenient time to also bring a PORCH donation!)

This event is FREE and open to the public.

From 9:00 am to 12:00 pm  Drop off your donations for PORCH of Chapel Hill at the New Hope Improvement Association, 4014 Whitfield Rd, Chapel Hill (adjacent to the fire station).


  • Low-sugar cereals
  • Cans of tuna and chicken
  • Cans of fruits and vegetables of all kinds
  • Healthy snacks such as applesauce, raisins, peanuts, granola bars, peanut butter crackers, peanuts, etc.
  • Pasta and pasta sauce
  • Bags of rice and beans of all kinds
  • Plastic containers of peanut butter and jelly
  • Mac & cheese