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Chatham County Historical Association

Preserving and sharing the history of Chatham County North Carolina

Research Articles about Chatham County


The articles in this list were prepared by CCHA volunteers or provide original documents for Chatham County that are in the CCHA collection.

The articles are grouped by topic. Some are extensive—others are brief.

All offer something of interest about Chatham County history. Link to the full article using links in this index.

You can also browse an annotated list of the articles. 

The information, opinions and views presented in articles on our website are the sole responsibility of the authors and contributors of the articles

and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Chatham County Historical Association or its members.

Geography, Settlement & General History

    Granville Land Grants

    Waterways of Chatham County

    Walter D. Siler's History of Chatham County



Politics and Military

    Alamance Outrage of 1895

    Chatham County, Hotbed of Populism

    Chatham’s Inner Civil War

    Chatham County Veterans Honored

    Chatham County ~ World War I

    John R. Lane and Chatham Boys

    Pittsboro High School’s Honor Roll of WWI Veterans

    Politics of Secession

    Rednap Howell ~ Poet of the Regulation

    Revolutionary War Soldier James Emerson

    The Stone/Elkins Family Civil War Letters

    Veterans Memorials of Chatham

    Whigs Restored Two-Party Rule


Architecture, Communities, and Landmarks

    Alvin Bynum House

    Architectural Update 2019-2021

    Bynum Bridge Awareded Historic Designation

    Cemetery Mystery at Hailbron

    Chicken Bridge

    From Baldwin Bridge to Pace's Bridge

    Harvey Newlin's Barns

    History of Fearrington Farm

    Jones Ferry Crossing—Chatham Landmark

    Links to National Register Forms for Chatham Properties

    McClenahan House

    Mt. Vernon Springs—Health & Beauty

    Patrick St. Lawrence House Update 2016

    Searching for Jones Ferry Crossing

    Siler City Historical Tour

    Smokehouse on Agriculture Center Property

    St. Lawrence House

    Taylor House

    The Marshall and Milliken Log Cabins

    The Riggsbee Community

    Two Bridges (and a Culvert)





Social Fabric

    A Brief History of Chatham County Schools

    A Brief History of the Chatham County Fair

    African American History Walking Tour - Pittsboro

    Chatham's Black Farmers 1922 to 2017

    Chatham’s Early Medical Care

    Chatham Superior Court Minute Docket 1839-1866

    Early Pittsboro Medicine

    Farmers Library, Family Info in Old Chatham Book

    Glimpses into the Life and Family of Adeline Crump

    How Farm Tenants Lived

    Marium Alston and the Alston Freed Slaves

    Martha’s Chapel

    Masons in Pittsboro

    My Memories of Tobacco

    Reconstruction and Black Rights after Slavery

    Slave Narratives

    The House ~ Memories of a Time and Place


Industry and Commerce

    Boling Chair Company History 1904-1979

    Chatham Railroad by Robert Wiesner

    Chatham’s Role in Early Railroads

    Pittsboro Business Ledger 1832-1834

    Prosperity Came to Pittsboro on the Train

    Siler City Mills

    The Bynum Cotton Mill—In the Millworkers Words

    The Cape Fear and Deep River Navigation Company

    The Oval Oak Washboard    

    The Justice Brothers and Justice Motor Company

Chatham People

    Adeline Alston—Chatham Plantation Owner

    A Look into Chatham's Past ~ Chatham People

    Annie Lutterloh Bynum

    Black Chathamites—Making a Difference

    Dr. H. A. Denson ~ Bennett Physician

    Family Letters Reveal Personal Side of Manly Family

    Herman Husband [Marker] Moves West

    Marium Alston and the Alston Freed Slaves

    Mattie Rogers Beavers—Rural Mail Carrier

    Pittsboro and the Patrick St. Lawrence House/Tavern

    Rednap Howell ~ Poet of the Regulation

    Roxie Small—Chatham Civil Rights Activist

    Sheriff Myrtle Siler

    Simon Green Atkins

    Tod R. Edwards—Crossing Racial Lines

    The Works of George Moses Horton

    The Adventures of Hallie Beavers Allred

    Zebulon Ray Wicker ~ Chatham Baseball Star




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