Historic Neighborhoods

PD_NRHDs_WebMap_StreetBackgroundDurham has 15 historic neighborhoods that are listed as National Register Historic Districts. More information about each neighborhood is below. Click the map at right to see their locations.

More information about how historic structures are listed can be found here.

Tax credits for historic preservation are available for National Register-listed properties. More information can be found here.


The historic Watts Hospital-Hillandale neighborhood is centered on tree-shaded West Club Boulevard, anchored by the Durham Water Works on the west, and the former Watts […]

Watts Hospital-Hillandale

Tuscaloosa-Lakewood is a historic neighborhood comprised of approximately 550 homes built in three phases and roughly bounded by┬áChapel Hill Road, Lakewood Avenue, James Street, and […]


The Trinity Park and Trinity Heights neighborhoods (recorded collectively as the Trinity Historic District) were platted at the turn of the century and experienced rapid […]

Trinity Historic District

When merchants moved to Ninth Street, the commercial heart of West Durham, they created a business district that still thrives today, and is home to […]

Old West Durham

  North Durham began to develop after the street car line expanded north from downtown in 1901. What had been remote farmland soon developed into […]

Old North Durham

Historic Morehead Hill was home to many of Durham’s early industrialists. In the 1880s, Eugene Morehead, L. A. Carr, George W. Watts, and George Lyon […]

Morehead Hill

Hope Valley was Durham’s first full-fledged country club suburb, developed around an 18-hole golf course in the late 1920s. Traces of the farms that occupied […]

Hope Valley

The third area is a small neighborhood commercial district in the long, 900 block of E. Main Street that marks the Golden Belt Historic District’s […]

Golden Belt

Construction of suburban villas came to an abrupt halt, however, when New Hope Realty went out of business after the stock market crash of 1929, […]

Forest Hills