Daniel Boone Village was once the booming epicenter of Hillsborough’s economy, with restaurants, a train, and an amphitheater where the likes of Jerry Lee Lewis and Loretta Lynn performed. 

Now, many of those famous wagons, cars, and antiques are up for auction this week, with over 500 participants expected.

The James and Maxine Freeland Collection from the Daniel Boone Village auction, put on by United Country-Rogers Auctioneers Inc. located in Pittsboro, began online Monday at 10 p.m. and will close Tuesday, May 22, at 7:30 p.m..

Over 200 items will be up for auction, including movie props such as the 1923 Franklin car used in the 1985 movie “The Color Purple,” the horse-drawn chariot from the 1959 film “Ben Hur,” and the trolley featured in “A Streetcar Named Desire” and “Meet Me in St. Louis.” 

There will be four opportunities to view and inspect pieces throughout the auction at 388 Ja-Max Dr. in the Daniel Boone Village. All items, including over 25 horse-drawn wagons and one-horse open sleighs brought out from the old skating rink, have been placed at this centralized location. The buggies, railroad caboose, and other vintage collectibles will be available for viewing both inside and outside.

Previews will be held on Thursday from 3 to 6 p.m., Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m., Monday from 4 to 7 p.m., and Tuesday 12 to 3 p.m..

The Freeland family’s roots in Hillsborough date back to the town’s origins, as they were among the first European settlers in Hillsborough in the 1750s. 

Almost 200 years later, in 1960, James Freeland built Daniel Boone Village, putting Hillsborough on the map with the restaurants, shops, motels, and attractions it offered. 

Freeland, also a philanthropist, built over 700 houses in the area, many in the Fairview community for families without the means to purchase a new home. 

United Country-Rogers Auctioneers Inc. has done several other horse-drawn carriage auctions. After their name and expertise landed in the hands of Nahale Freeland Kalfas, the granddaughter of James and Maxine Freeland and daughter of Donna Freeland, Kalfas called to have this collection go to auction. 

Though United Country-Rogers Auctioneers Inc. has done similar auctions, this one is “very unique,” owner Michael Rogers said. “It’s not everyday that you get to sell a horse-drawn chariot, trolleys, or the car from ‘The Color Purple.’ It’s pretty cool.”

For more information on items and to place a bid, visit rogersauction.com.