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The Colonial Inn of Hillsborough, N.C.

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The Colonial Inn of Hillsborough, N.C., was a popular destination for Sunday dinner for many years before it closed its doors to the public in 2001. However, exactly how many years it served those dinners is a topic somewhat disputed. According to this menu from the Orange County Historical Museum, as well as the sign in front of the building, the Inn was built in 1759, and through the years was purported to have housed such distinguished guests as General Cornwallis and Aaron Burr. But this website about the history of the Inn states that it wasn’t built until 1838, after both Cornwallis and Burr had died.

Perhaps a more reliable fact from the menu is that for Sunday dinner in 2001, you could get the ‘famous’ Southern fried chicken, a la carte, for $8.95, as compared to the price listed in the Inn’s 1949 menu: $1.25, including ‘hot rolls and beverage’.
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