New Hope Creek Corridor Advisory Committee

History of New Hope Creek

We are beginning to work on compiling a history of the New Hope Creek region. If you have information to contribute, please email us.

Here's what we've got so far:

18th century and before

Brief overview of the Native American presence in the New Hope Bottoms by Tom Magnuson

Reflections on Early Exploration by James Davis


19th century

Leigh Farm plantation near 54 and I-40 dates back to the 19th century and is now a Durham city park

Information on a Civil War skirmish near Leigh Farm Park by James Davis


20th century

History of the Hollow Rock store on Erwin Road at New Hope Creek (1930-1999)

Preservation history: The New Hope Creek Corridor Advisory Committee was created in 1989. In 1991, the New Hope master plan was published. In 2000, a 10-year progress report appeared.

Emily Weinstein's art book, Saving Magic Places, chronicles the campaign that successfully preserved 43 acres of land in the Hollow Rock Area of New Hope Creek in 2005.