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Silk Hope, NC - If you haven't ever heard of this town, it may be because it's really just a country crossroads, a thriving, beautiful community, that's never officially been named a "town." 

But look on a map of the Raleigh/Chapel Hill area, and the words "Silk Hope" will jump out, northwest of Pittsboro and northeast of Siler City.  





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It's hard to describe how beautiful the area is.  These pictures don't begin to do justice to the rolling meadows nestled between large stands of woods, both evergreens and seasonal.  The backroads roll too, and are a pleasure to drive.  

There are farms, horse boarders, even Chatham County's first winery tucked into the gentle curves.   The folks that have found homes here feel fortunate. 

Land is still affordable, and while values are expected to rise as Pittsboro and Chatham County continue to grow, it's not just the value and the investment that bring folks here. 


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It's coming home to a view of woods from private porches and decks, not a view of the neighbor's wall or fence. 

The homes that are being built in this area are, for the most part, offered on acreage - and heavily wooded acreage at that. 

Homeowners work in Pittsboro, Chapel Hill, Raleigh, Apex, and even Durham and Hillsborough.  Some are enjoying a peaceful retirement, putting the front porch to good use, growing gardens and letting the grandkids run outside as much as they want. 



Community involvement is welcomed.   The Silk Hope Ruritan Club organizes the annual Old Fashioned Farmer's Day on Labor Day Weekend, which includes a huge collection of operating antique farm machinery brought by collectors from all over North Carolina and even beyond.  Civil War reenactments, homemade ice cream, live music, arts and crafts, a flea market, and famous Southern BBQ are all part of the fun.  The Farmer's Day event is held at the G.T. Petty Memorial Grounds across from the Silk Hope Community Building.

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The Ruritan Club has a lot of activities, but isn't the only community organization.  The Volunteer Fire Department and the Silk Hope Elementary School offer other ways to be involved in local society. 

Silk Hope Elementary School is one of the top rated schools in North Carolina, and has a lot of parent involvement.  Some students are second and third generation attendees, children of farmers who have lived in the area all their lives. 

There was even a book written about the area, Silk Hope, NC by Lawrence Naumoff.  The story is about the daughters of a Silk Hope farmer, but locals say the book doesn't necessarily portray the real Silk Hope. 


There are plenty of opportunities for sports, including the Chatham County Soccer League.  Several Silk Hope teams play in this league, which has both competitive and "fun" teams for different age groups. 

Silk Hope Winery Pittsboro Raleigh Custom Home BuilderThe first winery in Chatham County was the Silk Hope Winery, just off Silk Hope Gum Springs Rd.  

The Silk Hope Winery offers one of the highest points in Chatham County, with a 360 degree view of the surrounding countryside.  Some of the award-winning wines produced include Seyyal Blanc, Vidal Blanc, Villard, Chambourcin, Cabernet Franc, Chambourcin Blend, and Silk Hope Blend.   

The Silk Hope Winery is open on weekends or by appointment.




Emmaus Baptist Church Silk Hope Pittsboro Raleigh Custom Home BuilderThe Emmaus Baptist Church is a beautiful and popular church, along Silk Hope Road not far from Hwy 87.  This church is another place where Silk Hope community members connect. 

The Emmaus Baptist Church was actually founded in 1833, though the building is obviously much newer! 

Also right in this area is the Silk Hope Nursery.  Check out their website - they include detailed descriptions of the modern and historical plants they offer, as well as updated price guides so that you know what to expect. 

If you're a garden fanatic,  or a weekend landscaper, this nursery is worth a visit. 


For golf enthusiasts, there are plenty of nearby opportunities. Golfers enjoy hitting balls at the Preserve at Jordan Lake Golf Club, the Chapel Ridge Golf Club, and the UNC Finley Golf Club, among others.

Pittsboro and Chapel Hill, NC are nearly equal distance away. 

Pittsboro is a small town currently, at the crossroads of Hwy 64 and Hwy 15/501.  But there are so many proposed commercial developments that growth is almost inevitable.  Pittsboro Commons is a planned 425,000 square foot shopping center that should include a grocery store, shops, and restaraunts.  Bellemont Point and Bellemont Station will offer mostly commercial space. 

Pittsboro Place is the largest proposed development, and may be the longest to come to fruition - plans include 1.3 million square feet of retail/office space, a movie theatre, and a bowling alley.  Some of these have been approved, others are still in the planning stages. 

There are many reasons why Chatham County has become one of the top destinations in the Triangle area, and the community of Silk Hope demonstrates many of them - it's peaceful, it's beautiful, it's friendly, and it's still close to everything Raleigh and the rest of the Triangle has to offer. 

Here's a map of Silk Hope and some of the features of this Chatham County community as well as some nearby attractions.

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Kurt Vierheller
Flagstar Bank - Wilmington, NC
I love the place! NC is the best area to find good climate, a great real estate market, FRIENDLY PEOPLE and great food. Everyone should move here! Great post!
Feb 06, 2008 02:50 PM
Kim Carpenter
Coldwell Banker - Alton, NH
Lake Winnipesaukee REALTOR -Lake Winnipesaukee Real Estate, NH
Penny! Excellent post!  I love how you put so much time, thought and effort into infoming people about your area.  The pictures are beautiful and it makes me want to move!!!  It is all snowy and yucky up here!!! 
Feb 07, 2008 01:06 AM
Cynthia Tilghman, Realtor® Onslow County NC Home Specialist
Kingsbridge Realty, Inc - Hubert, NC
Hello Penny,
My fellow Tar Heel!  I must admit I had never heard of Silk Hope...however, I certainly do know the general area and it is a gorgeous area and the proximity to larger towns is marvelous.    A winery?  Wow, interesting.
You did a great job with this post.  (I just worked with Google maps for the first time recently and to be honest, it took me a little while to "get it"-----and I thought I was technologically savvy)
Feb 07, 2008 11:38 PM
Candy Henthorne
Results Realty - Spring, TX
Spring Texas Real Estate
Penny - Your photos are beautiful and the countryside is so peaceful looking!  Would make a wonderful place to retire or raise some horses.
Feb 08, 2008 12:49 PM
Greg Myers
G L Myers Real Estate Services - Chapel Hill, NC
I'll have to wander over that way one Sunday afternoon; maybe tomorrow.
Feb 09, 2008 07:12 AM
Stanton Homes
Stanton Homes - New Home Builder - Raleigh, NC
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Kurt - There are so many terrific things about the Raleigh area of North Carolina that I can't begin to list them all here, but I'll continue working on featuring different beautiful areas like Silk Hope!

Kim - We only get snow once or twice per winter, and then it's usually just a light dusting, 1 inch at most.  The weather alone compells many of our New York and New Jersey transplants.

Cynthia - Thanks.  Yes, most available housing is just 15-20 minutes from Chapel Hill, and the amount of beatiful land that most homes are set on makes those extra 15 minutes well worth it.


Feb 09, 2008 08:18 AM
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Barbara - Thanks - I hope you have a chance to visit sometime! 

Candy - It is incredibly peaceful, but because it's still so close to Chapel Hill, and only 45 minutes to RTP, many residents are very active in careers, but happy to enjoy the countryside in their off time.

Greg - Enjoy the ride - tomorrow is supposed to be another beautiful, sunny day. 



Feb 09, 2008 08:22 AM

Can anyone please help me, I lost touch with family a long time ago, and was raised in another state, I just recently learned  my grandparents name, was Joseph M Ray, and his wife was Sara Bryant Ray, they  are buried at MT Vernon Baptist Church Silk hope NC , My grandfather died between  1940 and 1945, grandma died in the middle 1960s, they lived In Siler City NC, I have looked for MT Vernon Baptist church In Silk Hope NC and can not find it, is it named something else now? It is just very important to me to try to connect to my family, any information would be helpful, also I plan to visit Siler City and Silk Hope as soon as the weather warms up, any hotels around there?

Nov 28, 2010 02:07 PM
Stanton Homes
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Anne - good luck with your search!  You might want to try the Inn at Celebrity Dairy when you visit, it's a bed and breakfast with at least a few buildings from the 1800s.  I would also suggest contacting the Siler City Rotary Club.

Nov 28, 2010 10:33 PM