History

Long-time Carrboro residents release second book analyzing its transformation

Long-time Carrboro residents release second book analyzing its transformation

No one can tell the story of Carrboro better than two local authors who have witnessed how the town has changed over the years. Dave Otto and Richard Ellington have teamed up again to write their second book — “Carrboro: Images of Modern America.” Their first book, “Carrboro: Images of America,” was published in 2011 and discusses Carrboro’s history from… Read more →

Carrboro, somewhere in time

Carrboro, somewhere in time

    You think you know Carrboro. There is the ArtsCenter, the Farmers’ Market, Cat’s Cradle and Weaver Street Market, in addition to a wide selection of restaurants and bars. Carrboro, however, was not like this decades ago. You would know that if you took the Historic Downtown Carrboro Walking Tour. Victoria Hensley, a senior history major at UNC-Chapel Hill,… Read more →

Exhibit features town’s change

Exhibit features town’s change

Sharing a common passion about a small town’s culture and identity, two men with different interests and backgrounds are once again documenting the evolution of Carrboro through words and pictures. Richard Ellington was born and raised in Carrboro and worked in information technology for 43 years. Dave Otto was born and raised in Massachusetts and worked as a research psychologist… Read more →

The Jackson Center: Saving history in Northside

The Jackson Center: Saving history in Northside

By Morgan Johnson Carrboro Commons Staff Writer   The Marian Cheek Jackson Center for Saving and Making History, 510 W. Rosemary St., is a public history and community development center located in the Northside neighborhood of Chapel Hill-Carrboro. The predominately black Northside and Pine Knolls neighborhoods have rich histories post-Reconstruction, under Jim Crow, during the Civil Rights Era, and in the… Read more →

Cliff's: an icon among Carrboro's carnivores

Cliff’s: an icon among Carrboro’s carnivores

By Shweta Mishra Carrboro Commons Staff Writer Carrboro’s pre-eminent butcher Clifton Collins is so familiar with animal anatomy that he can identify even the most obscure cuts of meat via photo. “I never thought I would do this,” Collins says, recalling his childhood on a tobacco, corn and soybean farm in rural Chatham County. But in 1967, as Collins was finishing high school,… Read more →

Unique seafood store is Carrboro's best-kept secret

Unique seafood store is Carrboro’s best-kept secret

 By Shweta Mishra Carrboro Commons Staff Writer Tom Robinson’s Seafood is a concrete flat roof building on 207 Roberson Street, just behind Armadillo Grill in Carrboro. Perhaps Robinson’s inspiration for the market was his grandfather, who put himself through school at UNC-Chapel Hill by bringing in coastal fish on a train to sell every week. When Robinson died in 2009… Read more →

17th annual Carrboro Day celebration set for May 6

17th annual Carrboro Day celebration set for May 6

By Maggie Cagney Carrboro Commons Staff Writer On Dec. 6, 1994, the Carrboro Board of Aldermen adopted a town philosophy that still rings true today: “As Carrboro grows in population and its boundaries expand, its citizens need opportunities to enlarge their circle of acquaintances, as well as to feel part of the entire community.” And for that, there is Carrboro… Read more →

Senior citizens celebrate Black History Month

Senior citizens celebrate Black History Month

By Maggie Cagney Carrboro Commons Staff Writer It was a gathering of all nationalities—African-American, Caucasian, Asian—in a room rich with history, to celebrate the heroes of a constant battle. Senior citizens from Chapel Hill, Carrboro and Orange County assembled at the Hargraves Community Center on Friday, Feb. 10, in observance of Black History Month. “This month has been amazing for… Read more →