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Tales Beyond Fried Rabbit by Fred J Vatter
Fred Vatter’s delightful saunter into some of the many corners of Chatham County’s past tell us of old houses, aged country stores, church yards with intriguing gravestones, and venerable public buildings; settlements and cemeteries now lost due to dams and other effects of progress; ordinary people who know the county’s past and would love to tell you about it, as well as prominent civic leaders now long dead.
Chatham County, 1771-1971 edited by Wade H. Hadley, Doris Horton, and Nell Strowd, 1971
Now in its second facsimile reprinting, the book contains chapters on the colonial and Revolutionary War period, county government, politics, Civil War, transportation, town and county life, communities and post offices, churches, education, fraternal orders, African Americans, agriculture, industry, and brief summaries of well-known families. (6" x 9", 528 pg., photographs, index).
The Architectural Heritage of Chatham County North Carolina by Rachel Osborn and Ruth Selden-Sturgill, edited by Marjorie Hudson, 1991
Sections on the history and architectural development of Chatham County and of Pittsboro are followed by historic architecture inventories of Pittsboro, Siler City, Goldston, Mt. Vernon Springs and Ore Hill, and each of the county's townships. The book is lavishly illustrated with black & white photographs and thoroughly documented. (8.5" x 11", 391 pages, index).
Chatham County Collection:
1771-1971 and The Architectural Heritage of Chatham County North Carolina
This two-book reference collection is offered at a substantial savings.
Map of Chatham County, NC by Capt. N. A. Ramsey, 1870
This reproduction of the original map by Capt. Nathan A. Ramsey shows rivers, bridges, mills, churches, roads and railroads, and many family locations. Ramsey was the Captain of Company D of the 61st Regiment, CSA. Organized in 1862, Co. D fought in battles in Virginia and North Carolina, and was sent several times to Chatham County to round up deserters. Their success depended on knowing the geography as well as the locations of families. In 1870 Ramsey put this information on a map. (17" x 22"). Includes index of names.
Maps available online, by mail, and in our Gift Shop.
A limited number of framed prints available in the Gift Shop only.
Map of the Coal Fields of Chatham and a Portion of the Mineral Region of N.C. by Lucy Worth Jackson, 1874
A reproduction of the original hand-drawn, hand-colored map shows Chatham County and several nearby counties, emphasizing the coal fields near the Deep River. It was drawn by Lucy Worth Jackson (1828-1909), daughter of Governor Jonathan Worth, and wife of J.J. Jackson, Pittsboro lawyer and owner of a coal mine near Carbonton in Chatham County. (17" x 22", color). A limited number of framed prints available in the Gift Shop only.
Map Collection: Ramsey and Jackson
Captain Ramsey’s 1870 Map of Chatham County and Lucy Worth Jackson’s Coal Fields Map. The two-map set offered at a substantial savings.
Siler City, North Carolina, 1887-1987 by Wade H. Hadley, Jr., 1986
A reprint of Siler City's centennial history, the book describes pioneer families, railroads, business and industry, schools, fairs and celebrations, early churches, in roughly chronological order. (8.5" x 11", photographs, index, 67+ pages) by Wade Hadley, 1996
Historical Buildings of the Central Business District, Siler City by Wade Hadley, 1996
Brief histories of twenty-eight buildings erected between 1909 and 1929 are illustrated with photographs by the author. (8.5" x 11", map, index, 24 pg.)
Siler City Collection: Siler City NC 1887-1987 and Historical Buildings of the Central Business District, Siler City
The two-book Siler City Collection is offered at a substantial savings.
The Chatham Railroad, by Robert A. Wiesner
Tracing the 16-year history of the Chatham Railroad, this booklet contributes to an understanding of the tumultuous economic affairs of North Carolina in the years preceding and during the Civil War era. Included are photographs of the main figures and a little-known map of 1858 showing proposed rail routs to the Deep River coal fields. (8.5" x 11", 54 pages, soft cover.
The Gravesites of Chatham County, North Carolina by Will and Audrey Heiser
When published in 2005, this was the most complete survey ever done of all the cemeteries and family plots in Chatham County. Since then it has been replaced by our online database of gravesites at CemeteryCensus.com. The two-volume Gravesites is still a useful resource for genealogical researchers. There are more than 27,000 names from the early 19th century to present day. Price has been reduced.
"Our Land, Our Lives" and "Land Beneath the Waters" ~ Combination DVD
"Our Land, Our Lives" was produced from a 15-minute slide and tape documentary about the construction of Jordan Lake. "Land Beneath the Waters" is a 35-minute documentary tracing the history of the New Hope River valley through the development of Jordan Lake and covers native population, early settlement, Revolutionary and Civil Wars, acquisition of properties and construction of the dam, and present-day recreational activities. The two documentaries are available as a combination DVD.
Chatham Rabbit Ornament
Celebrates Chatham’s famous wild rabbits and their contribution to Chatham’s economy and history.
Courthouse Cupola Ornament
CCHA’s 2016 ornament, celebrating the Courthouse Cupola.
Elaine O’Neil Print of Pittsboro Quilt
Textile artist Elaine O’Neil created the delightfully quirky quilt showing Pittsboro landmarks from which this print was made. We have prints for sale in several sizes. A limited number of framed prints is available.
These items not available online or by mail. Available for purchase at the Gift Shop only.
Historic Chatham County Note Cards
Twelve cards and envelopes, with duplicate cards depicting Mann's Chapel, Hotel Hadley, Baldwin's Mill, Kelvin, Aspen Hall, and the Manly Law Office. (4 1/4" x 5 1/2", black ink on cream cards).
Not available online or by mail. Available at the Gift Shop only.