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|

Local on Main: PBO’s Farm & Art Dinner

by Main Street Pittsboro

Spring has sprung and all of Pittsboro is bright green with a lot of yellow pollen mixed in. These bright hues bring to mind two things: the promise of farmers’ fields found just outside of downtown abundant with fresh growth, and the renewed sense of creativity for local artists of all genres. In Pittsboro, small [...]

2019-06-23T21:08:55-04:00April 15th, 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|

Shop Pittsboro: The Magic of Pittsboro Toys

by Francis DiNardo

Most people don’t know this but I was once a kid. It's true! Although I’m now a man, that kid still lives in my head and he peeks out each time I enter the magical world of Pittsboro Toys in downtown Pittsboro. I recently met with the shop owner, and my friend Samantha Birchard, to discuss [...]

2018-05-14T20:02:44-04:00May 14th, 2018|

Historic Pittsboro: Chatham County Deeds

by Francis DiNardo

Chatham County Register Of Deeds framed display case with 1787 Survey, Deed and Clay Seal.. When you visit Chatham County's Register Of Deeds office in downtown Pittsboro you’ll notice a framed set of historic documents hanging on the wall inside the front door. When I first saw them about 2 years ago I [...]

2018-04-17T12:06:47-04:00April 13th, 2018|

Historic Pittsboro: The Mathiesen Clinic

by Francis DiNardo

Pittsboro residents and visitors can choose from several excellent facilities to seek medical treatment. There are doctor's offices, an Urgent Care facility, the nearby UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill and Siler City, or you can walk into the Mathiesen Clinic in downtown Pittsboro. Oh wait…that's wrong…the Mathiesen Clinic closed in 1974. Dr. K.M. Mathiesen [...]

2018-04-26T13:55:49-04:00March 15th, 2018|

Historic Pittsboro: Proposed Plaques Provide Perspective

by Cindy Schmidt

The history of the buildings and businesses in Pittsboro include a hardware store, a men's haberdashery, stables, several saloons, a movie theater, and department stores, among others — but how would anyone know that now? In this photo by Dorothea Lange, locals gather in front of a store on the west side of Hillsboro [...]

2018-04-26T13:59:26-04:00February 1st, 2018|