“Gallows Hill” was bounded by Nash Street on the north, King Street on the South, Occoneechee Street on the east, and Queen or Union Street on the north. It encompassed town lots 207 through 218. The gallows
itself may have been located somewhere on lots 207 through 210 or, most likely, it was located on the town commons, just south of Union Street.
These gallows were used from circa 1850 to 1865 for hangings, when the sheriff apparently reverted back to hanging people at the downtown jail
. Some executed prisoners were also buried on gallows hill.
The “gallows hill” area was developed by Joe Cheshire and H. Winder Webb in the early 1900’s.
Excerpt of the 1863 S. T. Alderman map, with "Gallows Hill" outlined in red
Excerpt of aerial photo, with the likely site of the gallows outlined in red
July 1962 News of Orange clip