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Morehead Hill
Durham, North Carolina

Morehead Hill scene 

Welcome to Morehead Hill, a historic residential neighborhood located just south of downtown Durham, North Carolina.

Upcoming events:

What: Compact Neighborhood Planning Community Meeting
for Erwin Road area
Hosted by Durham City-County Planning Department 
When: Tuesday, August 25, 2015 
6:00 to 8pm
Where: W.I. Patterson Community Center
2614 Crest Street
Durham, NC 27705

What: Morehead Hill Neighborhood Association Members' Meeting
Meet the MHNA board, discuss our upcoming election, have your say, etc.  

Click here for details
When: Sunday, September 13, 2015  
3 to 5pm
Where: Greystone Inn and Conference Center 
618 Morehead Ave.
Durham NC 27707

Old News: 

The Morehead Hill Neighborhood Association hosted a potluck and business meeting on Sunday, October 19, 2014 in Orchard Park. Thank you to all who were able to attend and contribute. A special thanks to those of you who joined or renewed your membership, which makes events like this (and so much more) possible. For those of you who were not able to attend, here is a brief rundown of what you missed (besides all the delicious food and community engagement): 

  • The General Manager of the Durham Co-op Market (DCM), Leila Wolfrum, gave us an update: The Market is on track to open in [update: mid-February] 2015. Leila is hiring staff, and residents of nearby neighborhoods are encouraged to apply. DCM is also conducting a membership drive. For more details, visit the Durham Co-Op Market web site. 
  • Liz McGuffey and Milo Pyne provided an update on the George & Mary Pyne History Grove to be installed in Orchard Park. They are leading the effort to raise funds and recruit volunteers to work on the Grove. The History Grove is being developed by neighborhood volunteers with the support of the Durham Museum of History. To volunteer or learn more about our own History Grove, send e-mail to:
  • Bruce Mitchell, President of MHNA, provided an update on the Durham City-County Planning Department's ongoing effort to update the criteria used in historic districts. According to Lisa Miller of the Planning Dept., "The Durham Planning Department is working on revisions to the review criteria used in the issuance of certificates of appropriateness (COAs) for all properties in local historic districts or designated as local historic landmarks. At this time we are reviewing the feedback given during the review period this summer to incorporate revisions to the draft as written so far. In addition, we are working on drafting the supplemental information explaining the process, how the new criteria work, significance statements for each district, and other information that are necessary to accompany the review criteria themselves in the final document. Our progress has been slowed due to loss of staff within the Planning Department, but the completion of the project continues to be a priority."
  • Susan Callaghan, Treasurer of MHNA, gave us an update on our finances. It seems the costs of putting on events like the potluck, printing newsletters, maintaining our web site, and other routine activities regularly exceeds the small amount of revenue we raise through memberships and donations. A proposal to raise the membership rates for the first time in more than a decade was put before the membership, which voted to approve the new rates. Annual dues are now $15 for an individual, $25 for a family, or $25 for a business. The new rates take effect on January 1, 2015. If you join the MHNA or renew your membership before the end of 2014, you may do so at the previous rates: $10 for an individual or $15 for a family. Click here for more information.
  • The MHNA membership conducted an election for the MHNA Board of Directors. One 'at large' member, Lynn McKnight, has stepped down and was replaced by Rochelle Araujo. We thank Lynn for her long and distinguished service to the neighborhood association, and we welcome Rochelle to the Board. All other board members were re-elected unanimously. For details, refer to the MHNA page. 
  • Milo Pyne provided information about the invasive species known as "Porcelain vine" that is currently invading Orchard Park and surrounding areas. Milo is leading efforts to remove the vine from the park. To volunteer to help, send e-mail to:

We hope to see you all at our next event.

For upcoming events in and around the neighborhood, check our own Events page, and try NC Events or the Durham Convention and Visitors Bureau's Things to See and Do page

Get your pets FIXED for $20 OR LESS!!

AnimalKind helps low-income residents of Durham County with the cost of getting their cats and dogs fixed!

Visit their website at for details on qualifying for THE $20 FIX or call 919.870.1660.


Donít qualify?  Visit for a list of reduced cost spay/neuter resources in your area or call the SpayNC Helpline at 1 888-NC-FIX-EM (1-888-623-4936).

This web site is sponsored by the Morehead Hill Neighborhood Association (MHNA), a not-for-profit, all-volunteer organization dedicated to the betterment of the neighborhood and its quality of life for all residents.