The Next Chapter of Main Street Pittsboro

by Main Street Pittsboro

It's hard to admit but fair to say that in 2011, Pittsboro's historic downtown was suffering from benign neglect. Faded and peeling paint, stained and crumbling bricks, tattered awnings, and old light fixtures caused Pittsboro's historic properties to look every bit their age. The Town of Pittsboro filed for and received Main Street designation [...]

2022-06-30T12:02:08-04:00June 24th, 2022|

Historic Walking Tour of Pittsboro

by Ben Rappaport

This story originally appeared in the Chatham News + Record PITTSBORO — Chatham School of Science & Engineering ("CSSE") history teacher Anna Blackwell began the spring semester with a challenge to her 9th and 10th grade students: to learn about the history of the place where they lived. She wanted them to make the [...]

2022-06-03T17:12:06-04:00June 3rd, 2022|

Three Activities Celebrate Spring

by Main Street Pittsboro

It's spring in Pittsboro and that means bunnies are abounding. We're presenting three fun activities that would delight even Flopsy, Mopsy, and Cottontail. ONE: Following the tremendous success of the Found It! Chatham Rabbit Hunt in 2021, we reached out to local artists again to embellish ceramic rabbit sculptures for a free, family-friendly scavenger [...]

2022-04-04T21:17:57-04:00April 4th, 2022|

Black-Owned Businesses Then and Now

by Main Street Pittsboro

Entrepreneurs from the Black, Indigenous, People of Color ("BIPOC") community are doing business today around downtown Pittsboro as they have been for decades. But people and businesses come and go. It's sometimes challenging to recall which businesses were where back in the old days, before everything began to change. Fortunately, an active and hearty [...]

2021-12-07T21:09:39-04:00December 7th, 2021|

Around Pittsboro: New Park to Honor Black Settler

by Stephanie Bass

Like every successful Chatham County farmer and businessman in the 1830s, Lewis Freeman would have been up every day before dawn to tend his considerable array of properties and manage his affairs. After all, one could not get ahead without hard work and long hours, not unless one was born rich. Lewis Freeman was [...]

2020-01-29T12:30:27-04:00January 21st, 2020|

Shop Pittsboro: Country Farm & Home Culture

by Jamie Nunnelly

Farmers and backyard gardeners from Chatham County love shopping at Country Farm & Home in Pittsboro. The store, located on 101 South Small Street, has evolved along with the community through the years. A Trusted Institution for Seventy Years In the 1950’s, the store was built and was called the Central Carolina Farmer’s Exchange. [...]

2019-06-16T20:00:23-04:00June 12th, 2019|

Historic Pittsboro: Revolutionary War Loyalist David Fanning

by Francis DiNardo

From 1775 through 1782, during the American War of Independence, David Fanning, a Loyalist (a British sympathizer) militia leader was a major adversary to the Patriots (the colonial Rebels) during the southern campaigns of the American Revolutionary War which were fought primarily by local militias rather than regular armies. Fanning terrorized Patriot militias and citizens [...]

2018-11-16T00:43:19-04:00October 30th, 2018|