Historic District Commission

The Historic District Commission reviews applications for exterior changes within the Historic District. A majority of the commission’s members have specialized training or an interest in architecture, preservation, archaeology, history or building methods. 

The commission’s mission is to identify, protect and preserve Hillsborough’s architectural resources, and to educate the public about those resources and preservation in general.

Historic District

The Historic District includes the town’s commercial core and the surrounding residential neighborhoods. It contains more than 100 houses, churches and buildings from the 18th and 19th centuries. The district is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and Hillsborough’s period of historic significance is pre-colonial to 1963.

From Georgian- and Federal-style buildings dating to the late 1700s to contemporary construction, the district presents a visual history of Hillsborough’s development. Contributing to the district’s special character are the context and setting created by the district's landscape and a variety of outbuildings, such as detached kitchens, carriage houses, garages, sheds, stables, smokehouses and barns.

  • Contributing Structures: Buildings built before 1963 that have not been modified to the extent that they have lost their architectural integrity are considered contributing.
  • Non-contributing Structures: Buildings built after 1963, or that have been substantially altered, are considered non-contributing.

Certificates of Appropriateness

It is unlawful to begin construction, moving, demolition, alteration or restoration of any structure or site within the Historic District before a Certificate of Appropriateness has been issued.


The commission meets at 7 p.m. the first Wednesday of each month in the Town Barn, located at 101 E. Orange St. on the Town Hall campus. Parking is accessed from East Corbin Street.


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Current Membership

Name Term Start Term End
Brad Farlow 07/13/2015 07/09/2018
Anna Currie / Chair 03/14/2011 03/31/2017
Reid Highley / Vice Chair 10/14/2013 10/31/2016
Holly Snyder 11/09/2009 11/30/2015
David McCullough 11/09/2009 11/30/2015
Candice Cobb 11/09/2009 11/30/2015
Mark Bell 07/08/2009 07/08/2015

Meetings in the Next 60 Days

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