The Hillsboro Preservation Foundation (HPF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to preserve, protect and honor the legacy of our greater Hillsboro region and community. The Board of Directors fulfill the foundation’s mission through projects, events and fundraising.

Arts & Culture

Landmarks & Landscapes

Protection and preservation of The Gap’s landmarks and landscapes, and the enhancement of vibrant and context-sensitive public art and spaces within historic Hillsboro, are essential to the area’s quality of life and long-term sustainability. Active efforts to achieve this mission include the recent restoration and rededication of Hillsboro’s iconic historic marker in tribute to the birthplace of the mother of the Wright Brothers, Susan Koerner Wright, and the creation of Hope’s Garden, a respite for reflection and the arts, within a now vacant Town-owned property. 


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Hillsboro Stone School

Old Stone

Built in 1874, Hillsboro’s Old Stone School now serves as Hillsboro Town Hall,  a community center and charming event venue.

Hope's Garden


A community garden for children, native plants, and lovers of the arts, music, and live performances in downtown Hillsboro.

Susan Koerner Wright

susan koerner Wright memorial

A historic marker to honor Susan Koerner Wright, the mother of the two brothers, who was born in Hillsboro in 1831.

Susan Koerner Wright

Legacy Farm markers

Historic markers recognizing the contribution made by generations of farm families to preserving farmland and open space.


You can directly donate to one of our Landscapes and Landmark projects. Choose the project in the dropdown on the Donate page.

Arts & Culture

Arts & Culture

The HPF is dedicated to partnering with the Town of Hillsboro to support and uplift the arts and culture of The Gap, to enhance our community and celebrate our local artists.

Hillsboro’s Eat, Drink & Be Literary!, is where great minds gather in The Gap. In the Chautauqua Movement tradition of intellectual inquiry and exploration, culture, music and verse, the Hillsboro ‘salon’ experience at the historic Old Stone School offers an annual series of stimulating and entertaining evenings with writers, actors, historians and thought leaders, along with locally sourced and prepared food and drink. The 2022 Eat, Drink & Be Literary! schedule will be announced soon.

Gardens in The Gap is an annual springtime celebration of the Hillsboro area’s formal, rustic and historic gardens and The Gap’s 250-year heritage as the center of a robust and bountiful agriculture region. Garden tours, lectures and presentations, high teas, plant and gardening demonstrations and an arts and crafts festival, along with locally sourced foods and beverages, offers visitors and area residents a weekend of activities. In May, the 2022 Gardens in The Gap will celebrate the edible garden and pay tribute to the “farm-to-table” movement, featuring and Eat, Drink & Be Literary! evening event featuring farm-to-table pioneer Nora Pouillon.  

Hillsboro’s Music in The Gap has become one of the region’s most popular summertime outdoor concert series. The June-through-August free Friday night concerts bring an eclectic array of musical genres and performers from across the mid-Atlantic to The Gap Stage. The relaxed and festival-like family-friendly concerts include locally produced wines, beers and foods.



Eat, Drink & Be Literary

Eat Drink
& Be Literary

A stimulating conversation with an author or speaker.

Gardens in The Gap

in The Gap

Gorgeous gardens, topical speakers, an artisan fair and entertainment make for a special spring event.
Music in The Gap

in the Gap

An outdoor concert series featuring a variety of musicians and genres of music.


You can directly donate to one of our Arts & Culture projects. Choose the project in the dropdown on the Donate page.

Neighbors in Need

Neighbors in Need

Preserving community includes a commitment to nurturing our bodies and spirits in good times and bad here in the Gap and across the globe. We organize and coordinate relief events to help those in need. The critical importance of marshalling resources to support our neighbors in need has never been clearer than during the ongoing pandemic, during which the Hillsboro Preservation Foundation organized area efforts in support of the foodbank Mobile Hope and, through its COVID Relief Fund, distributed more than $20,000 to families in need across The Gap.





APRIL 2 • 5 PM
Local musicians and businesses fundraise for on-the-ground support for Ukraine refugees.

Covid Clothes Drive

Mobile Hope
Food Drives

An effort of area organizations and residents to collect non-perishable food and personal items for delivery to Mobile Hope.

Afghanistan refugee
clothing drive

Supporting Afghan refugees arriving to the U.S. through local airports.


You can directly donate to one of our Neighbors in Need projects. Choose the project in the dropdown on the Donate page.