About The Neighborhood
The Watts Hospital-Hillandale Neighborhood is in Durham, NC and lies just west of downtown. Development in the neighborhood started in 1908 with the construction of Watts Hospital at the corner of Club Boulevard (known as E Street) and Broad Street. The neighborhood is composed mostly of Arts and Crafts style homes built from the 1910s through the 1940s.
In 1998, Watts Hospital-Hillandale became a National Historic District. The neighborhood is protected by the City of Durham historic district rules. In 2008, the neighborhood celebrated its centennial.
As a neighborhood, we offer opportunities to throughout the year to gather with friends. See below for summaries of past activities. Additional information can be found on the Events page or the Events Calendar.
Join our Neighborhood Association!
The 2020–2021 association year starts in October. All memberships expire then and we begin rebuilding. Help out by renewing right away. You may fill out the form in the September Parade newsletter and return it with your dues, OR fill out the membership form here AND pay via PayPal: https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/whhna?locale.x=en_US
People sometimes says that they would like to volunteer for the neighborhood, but that work, the kids, PTA, parents, and a host of other commitments make volunteering, at least right now, out of the question.
If you’re in this situation, don’t apologize — these other commitments come first and, in their own way, contribute to the welfare of the whole community. The one thing you can do — the most important thing you can do — is to make sure you are a member of the Watts Hospital-Hillandale Neighborhood Association. It costs just $6 per adult, but it means so much more. It is your vote of confidence in your neighbors who serve on the board and on committees. It validates the efforts of your neighbors who organize events like Night of Lights and the Fourth of July. It makes us strong when we enter into discussions with developers or city hall.
It’s the best sixdollar investment you’ll make this year!
Upcoming 2020 Events
Annual meeting 10/15/2020
This year the annual meeting will be held virtually. A Zoom link, the slate of nominees for the Board of Directors, and the agenda will be posted to the neighborhood listserv and here. We hope that neighbors will attend the meeting and join the WHHNA by paying the annual $6 dues. See you on October 15th!
35th Annual Night of Lights 12/20/2020
We are in the planning stages of how to hold our 35th annual Night of Lights celebration. The current environment makes it difficult to commit to how we will assemble and sell luminary supplies, but several ideas are being worked on. More to come soon!
Highlights of previous events from 2019
The 17th Annual Watts Hospital Hillandale and Old West Durham ArtWalk was Sunday, November 10, from noon until 5 pm. The map of artists and hosts that participated can also be found at ArtWalk Map 2019.
Annual meeting 10/10/2019
Each year we gather for updates to neighborhood happenings and elect our WHHNA board and, of course, renew our association memberships. This year the meeting was held in the Lecture Hall of the Educational Technology Complex on the NCSSM campus at 7 PM. The power point presentation regarding the West Club Blvd. Corridor Utility Rehabilitation can be found here. The presentation regarding the Ellerbe Creek Sanitary Sewer Outfall Replacement Project can be found here. The presentation regarding the Stormwater Project can be found here . Information about these and other projects of the Durham Water Department can be found here.
National Night Out 8/6/2019
This is an opportunity to get to know neighbors. Held at the home of Kim and Tom Miller 1110 Virginia Ave. For details go HERE
July 4th Parade
70th Annual Watts-Hillandale Fourth of July parade and Celebration Thursday, July 4th 2019 @ Oval Park. Click here for me details.
Neigborhood Meeting with staff from the Tax Department
Newsletters - PARADE is the quarterly newsletter of the Watts Hospital-Hillandale Neighborhood Association.
Mailing List - The whhna-list is intended for discussion of topics of general interest to residents of the Watts Hospital-Hillandale neighborhood.
updated 10/14/2020 dd