Chatham County and its county seat, Pittsboro, were named for the first Earl of Chatham, William Pitt (1708–1778). The good Earl reportedly was a staunch defender of American independence, as were the fiercely independent residents of the newly formed Chatham County. Their Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions abandoned the customary extolling of the King and his titles in 1773, long before the first shot rang out in New England.
Located in the heart of North Carolina, Pittsboro offers beautiful rolling landscape, quaint antique stores, pottery shops, and more than fifty art studios and galleries. This eTrail from the DayTrips series describes many fascinating, exciting, (and many free of charge) things to do, most within a two-hour drive of Raleigh-Durham. Each Day Trip includes, destination highlights, places to visit along the way, choice restaurants and lodging, and shopping.
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