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  • Monument Name

    The Regulator Monument, Hillsborough

  • Type

    Plaque

  • Subjects

    Colonial Wars

    Revolutionary War

  • City

    Hillsborough

  • County

    Orange

  • Description

    This memorial marks the location where six Regulators were hanged on July 19, 1771 after their defeat at the Battle of Alamance. The monument is a small bronze plaque bearing an inscription and placed atop a small rectangular block of granite.

    Images: View of setting | View of marker

  • Inscription

    ON THIS SPOT WERE HANGED / BY ORDER OF A TORY COURT / JUNE 19, 1771 / MERRILL, MESSER, MATTER, PUGH / AND TWO OTHER REGULATORS / PLACED BY / THE DURHAM - ORANGE COMMITTEE / NORTH CAROLINA SOCIETY / COLONIAL DAMES IN AMERICA / APRIL, 1963

  • Dedication Date

    April 1963

  • Decade

    1960s

  • Geographic Coordinates

    36.075490 , -79.094550 View in Geobrowsemap pin

  • Supporting Sources

      Fitch, William Edward. Some Neglected History of North Carolina; Being an Account of the Revolution of the Regulators and of the Battle of Alamance, the First Battle of the American Revolution, (New York, NY: Neale Publishing Co., 1905), (accessed May 16, 2012) Link

      Powell, William S. "Regulator Movement," NCpedia.org, (accessed October 24, 2012) Link

  • Public Site

    Yes

  • Materials & Techniques

    Bronze, granite

  • Sponsors

    N.C. Society of the Colonial Dames in America

  • Location

    The monument sits on a site shared with the historic Hughes Academy schoolhouse building. The Regulator marker is within a small plot, enclosed by an old gridiron fence. The site can be accessed by walking through the parking lot of the Orange County Board of Education, located at the corner of East King and Cameron Streets in Hillsborough. The school and marker are a short walk up the Cameron Park Trail behind the parking lot.

  • Landscape

    The site is a small grassy clearing. The marker is beneath a number of large old trees on the edge of the clearing and just off the walkway to the entrance of the Hughes Academy schoolhouse.

  • Death Space

    Yes

  • Approval Process

    In 1879, the Rev. Daniel Albright Long, D. I. proposed the creation of a Monument Organization to erect a monument dedicated to the Regulators.

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