Watts Hospital-Hillandale Neighborhood Association

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. We have a new PO Box as of 8/17/22. New mailing address  is PO Box 61271, Durham, NC, 27715.

Join our Neighborhood Association!

The 2022–2023 association year starts in October. All memberships expire then and we begin rebuilding. For a mere $6 you can be a member of the association. Help by renewing right away. You may fill out the MEMBERSHIP FORM here AND when completed, the form will direct you to our PayPal account. Or send a check to WHHNA PO Box 61271, Durham, NC 27715. If you are using the membership form and sending a check rather than using PayPal, please leave a note in the comments section of the form to tell us that your check is being mailed.

It’s the best $6 investment you’ll make this year! Thank you.

The PayPal acount (for all payments) can be found at: https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/whhna?locale.x=en_US 

Information about 2022 Events

The September newsletter references a text amendment to the Durham UDO TC22000001 which can be found here for those who want to read all of the details.

Annual Neighborhood Meeting 2022

The Watts Hospital-Hillandale Neighborhood Association (WHHNA) annual meeting will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 18. At this meeting, members will hear about the association’s accomplishments over the past year and vote on whether to accept those nominated as board members and as officers. We need you to attend – we will again hold our meeting over Zoom. Bylaws require at least 40 members to vote. Do not assume that enough of your neighbors will attend as the numbers may be too low without you. We need you. To repeat: We need your attendance.

The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in the comfort of your home. The video invitation will be posted here closer to the event. Please join us to get caught up with all that is going on in the neighborhood.

Art Walk 2022

WHHNA/OWDN ArtWalk:  Call for Artists

ArtWalk returns for the fall of 2022!  This year’s event will be held on Sunday, November 13th, noon-5:00 PM.  If you are an artist and interested in participating, go the link below to register.  This year, we have reduced the fees for artist participation.  WHHN/OWDN neighbor fees are $25, those outside the neighborhoods $35, and younger artists (18 and under) $15.  There are two options for paying fees, PayPal (see link above) directly to the Neighborhood Association or drop off a check at 1703 Maryland Ave (Beth Denholm).  The deadline for participating artists to register is no later than Friday, October 14 at 5;00 PM.

Artists looking for a host site can post a query on the neighborhood list or contact Karin Malm at karinmalm23@gmail.com

Application Link: 


Perry Whitted

ArtWalk Coordinator

Fourth of July Parade

See all information about the parade (10 AM on 7/4/22 at Oval Park) by clicking the Watts Happening tab and choosing events or more easily by clicking HERE. Once at Oval Park, just follow the crowd and you are in the parade. 

Last year (2021)

NOL 12/19/2021 beginning at dusk

The rain is ending and NOL is ON for 12/19/21. 

Our 36th annual Night of Lights (NOL) celebration will be held on Sunday December 19th . Materials to make your luminaria will be on sale on the south side of Oval Park at the picnic table pavilion beginning Saturday 12/18 at noon. Price is $5 for 10. You will also have the opportunity to renew your WHHNA membership at $6 per adult in the household. Bonus: you get 1 extra bag/candle/sand if you are a member. More details about NOL can be found here.

Annual meeting 10/14/2021

This year the annual meeting was held virtually.  The slate of nominees for the Board of Directors,  and the agenda was posted to the neighborhood listserv and here. Other information such as the presentation regarding the Club Blvd Utility project, the renovations to NCSSM, and the meeting powerpoint can be found on the same page. We hope that neighbors who attended the meeting found the meeting interesting and we thank you for attending. We encourage everyone to join the WHHNA by paying the annual $6 dues.  You will also have the opportunity to donate to support the Community Cafe at Urban Ministries fo Durham. Check (made to Community Cafe at UMD) or PayPal can be used for this. Our goal is $5000 for the Community Cafe. Please be generous. Additional information about NOL can be found here.

July 4th Parade

72th Annual Watts-Hillandale Fourth of July parade and Celebration Sunday, July 4th 2021 @10AM begins in  Oval Park. Click here for more details.

Information from 2020 Events

Our 35th annual Night of Lights (NOL) celebration will be held on Sunday December 20th .

On Night of Lights we line the streets with luminaries, brightening our neighborhood with the warming glow of candlelight. This year the Watts-Hillandale Mutual Aid group will lead the effort. To comply with COVID protocols and to be extra careful, all luminary orders will be contactless and delivered to your door! Luminary kits will consist of ten white paper bags and ten votive candles. Kits are $5 each. Order as many kits as you’d like (order for a neighbor!) online at https://tinyurl.com/WattsHillandaleLuminaries, or email your order to: asa.eger@gmail.com by Tuesday 12/15. After you submit the form, a PayPal link will appear where you can make your payment. If you would rather pay by check, please make it to “Camille Warren”, and send it to 2107 Sunset Ave.

We have some sand available at 2113 Wilson. We will not include sand this year, to eliminate congregating around the old sand heap. We encourage you to weigh down your bags using your own earth, sand, stones, or bird seed which can become a yummy treat for birds and squirrels. All kits will be delivered to your door on Friday, 12/18 or Saturday 12/19. The rain date for NOL is Wednesday, December 23rd – announcements about postponement due to weather will be posted to the neighborhood listserv and here by that Saturday.

Proceeds from the sale of luminaries will be divided between the Watts-Hillandale Mutual Aid (WHMA) Fund and the Urban Ministries of Durham (UMD) Community Café. 

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!

Highlights of previous events from  2019

ArtWalk 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.


Useful Links

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 9/17/2022 dd