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Chatham County Historical Association

Preserving and sharing the history of Chatham County, NC 

    chathamhistory .org



Geology is the study of the earth’s physical structure. The land we’re on—its shape, soils, minerals, water tables—has profound effects on our lives and our history. 

Coming up are two opportunities to learn about the geology of Chatham County from Chris Palmer, a retired geologist with more than 40 years of practical geology, engineering geology and hydrogeology experience. Join us to learn about the bedrock, landscape, soils, groundwater, mining and energy resources in the county. 

Both programs are free,

and everyone is welcome.

Geology Exhibit ~ April and May 2022

Chatham County's rocks, soils, minerals,

mines and mining.


The Museum is open Wed-Fri 11 to 4 and First Sundays noon to 4. Admission is free.


First Sunday, April 3, 2022 ~ Noon until 4pm

Hands-On Introduction to Chatham County Geology - Rock Identification 

Historic Chatham Courthouse in Pittsboro

This family-friendly event kept retired geologist Chris Palmer and Chatham mining historian Forest Hazel busy sharing information about Chatham County rocks, fossils, minerals and mines. Many people brought their own Chatham treasures for Chris to help identify and there was lots of interest in Forest's collection of mining artifacts and posters. Our exhibit of Chatham rocks and minerals as well as mining information will be up through April and May -- don't miss it! 

See more info and photos of the April 3 event here.

Sunday, May 15, 2022 ~ 2 pm

Program on Chatham Geology 

Historic Chatham Courthouse in Pittsboro

How was the land that is now Chatham County formed? Did you know that Chatham has experienced earthquakes and that there are ancient volcanic rocks in the county? Or that unique fossils have been found here? What do you know about Chatham County coal, iron, or the history of mining in the county?  What common Chatham rocks can you identify and how have some of them been used over the course of Chatham’s history?  What do you know about groundwater hydrogeology and water wells in Chatham County? Join us for some answers to these and other questions!

The Museum is open Wed-Fri from 11 until 4:00.    Admission is free.    We follow state and local directives regarding masks and distancing. 


little bits of Chatham County history

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Construction of Carbonton Dam

Deep River 1921

The Chatham County Historical Association is an all-volunteer organization devoted to collecting, preserving, and sharing the history of Chatham County through exhibits, tours, publications, research, and educational and community outreach programs. More about Who We Are.

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Chatham County Historical Association

  ~   ~  PO Box 93  ~  Pittsboro NC 27312  ~  919-542-6222  ~  

~  Our Museum is located in the Historic Chatham County Courthouse  ~  9 Hillsboro St.  ~  Pittsboro NC 27312  ~

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