The Eno River Association is facilitating the sale of over 200 acres near downtown Hillsborough from Classical American Homes Preservation Trust to the Archaeological Conservancy and the State to be added to Eno River State Park. Once complete, this transaction will increase Eno River State Park to over 4,700 acres in Durham and Orange counties.
The property includes Historic Occoneechee Speedway Trail, the James M. Johnston Nature Preserve, parts of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail and Hillsborough Riverwalk, and the remains of four known early settlements dating back to A.D. 1000, including an Occaneechi Band of the Saponi Nation village.
As part of the transaction, the preservation trust will donate 23% of the $2,028,480 land value. The remaining funds must be raised over the next year through public and private sources. Along with the N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation, we are applying for local, state, and federal funding to support the project.
Eno friends Richard, Lonna, and Carson Harkrader have committed $100,000 to inspire others to make a gift to advance our role in this project and ensure our ability to protect important properties along the Eno River for generations to come.