Beginning as part of Mark Morgan’s farmland in the 1700s, the Kings Mill-Morgan Creek neighborhood continues to play an important role in the Chapel Hill community. Still largely wilderness in the early 20th century, the neighborhood was developed in the post-World War II era by UNC botanists W.C. Coker, Henry Totten, and William Lanier “Billy” Hunt. It became known as “Pill Hill” due to the many medical professionals who lived there after the building of the North Carolina Memorial Hospital in the early 1950s, and later became the home of many notable Chapel Hillians, including the legendary basketball coach Dean Smith and the singer James Taylor. This book details the history, architecture, neighborhood notables, and neighborhood stories of the Kings Mill-Morgan Creek neighborhoods.
Check out Thomas Jepsen’s interview on WCHL: https://chapelboro.com/the-aaron-keck-show/on-air-today/on-air-today-celebrating-kings-mill-morgan-creek
Authors: Thomas Jepsen, Sally Greene, Johnny Randall, Colin Thomas, Scott Madry, Vici Cook, David Perlmutt, Joann Haggerty
Editor: Thomas Jepsen
Publisher: Chapel Hill Historical Society, Incorporated, 2020