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Many of the original founding families came from sections of eastern North Carolina in the early nineteenth century and built large homes in town. Although the population of Pittsboro has never been more than five percent of that of the county, it quickly became the business and cultural center, and in , was still the only "important" town in the county.

Many of the factories and industries of the largely agricultural county had central offices in Pittsboro. It also housed many churches, which were the center of the social life of the town. This was followed by the founding of several smaller, private academies and girls' schools. Much of the education of young people was carried out by churches, including the first school for African Americans, at St.

James Episcopal Church. The American Civil War brought a temporary halt to much of the industry and development of Pittsboro, even though the town itself escaped devastation the Haw River was flooded and Northern troops could not cross over.

Although Chatham County was initially reluctant to leave the Union voted against it , it formed its own company which was among the first in the state to enlist; over one-fifth of enlisted men died in the war. Pittsboro residents have a great deal of pride in these men, as evidenced by the large memorial statue of a Confederate soldier in front of the current court house.

The unveiling of this statue in drew the second-largest crowd of people recorded together in the history of Pittsboro. Pittsboro slowly recovered from the Civil War and became again a center of trading and business in the county. In , the Pittsboro Railroad was completed between Pittsboro and Raleigh, an event which contributed significantly to the development of Pittsboro, and drew the largest crowd ever recorded in Pittsboro's history.

Pittsboro's first paved road, to Sanford, was completed in , and in the Chapel Hill Road was completed, facilitating much faster access to surrounding resources and towns. The Chatham Record , the town's primary newspaper, was founded in by London, a prominent resident and a Democrat-Conservative, and became a mouthpiece for his strong political views.

The newspaper continues to this day.

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Older copies of this newspaper reveal some of the tension between white and African American residents of Pittsboro which has existed since its founding. There is hardly an issue of the Chatham Record from the first six months of that does not contain editorials and other printed rhetoric promoting white supremacy and supporting the July "illiteracy" amendment which would effectively bar most newly-freed African Americans from voting illiterate White residents would still be allowed to vote if their fathers or grandfathers had been registered.

A March 1, paper calls for white supremacy clubs to be formed in every township and county of North Carolina. One of these clubs was formed in Pittsboro and over 3, people from the surrounding area joined it. The "suffrage" amendment limiting African Americans from voting was passed in July in the state of North Carolina to the sound of great rejoicing in the newspaper.

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An interesting fact not mentioned in the Chatham Record was that Chatham County was one of the few in the state to vote against the amendment. Despite the strong white support, enough African Americans and Quakers rallied around the issue that they formed the voting majority. This story is only one of many which illustrate the long history of racial inequalities and tensions in Pittsboro, a town in which slavery was a reality from the time of its founding up until the American Civil War, although there were fewer slaves in Chatham than in many other North Carolina counties.

While a published history of Chatham County reports that after the Civil War good relationships existed between blacks and whites from a social standpoint, stories such as the one above suggest differently. Although Pittsboro remains the county seat and houses many of the county's services, it is no longer a center for commerce.

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Most of the mills have moved out and most of the downtown stores that served residents general stores, groceries, department stores have gone out of business and been replaced with antique stores that attract primarily tourists. Although these bring in a lot of revenue for the town, they offer few opportunities for teenagers to either "hang out" or work, and little incentive to stay around in Pittsboro after high school graduation.

Pittsboro's demographics have also changed dramatically in the last few decades. Several respondents remarked that many of those involved in the "hippie" movement of the s chose the Pittsboro area as a place to settle down. A lot of them have taken up organic farming, and also contribute to the many artists present in the area. This group tends to be more politically progressive than many of the longer-term Pittsboro residents. Another big change followed the advent of paved roads to nearby cities such as Chapel Hill and Raleigh, resulting in a multitude of subdivisions for day commuters to the Research Triangle Park; in fact, many of the residents of greater Pittsboro do not work inside Chatham County.

This leads to a diffusion of a sense of community; many of the newer residents feel as much a part of Orange, Wake, or Durham Counties as they do Chatham County. It also leads to a considerable amount of tensions between the "older," more-rooted residents and the newer resident-commuters.

In addition, Pittsboro's central square, the area around the court house, is no longer the natural gathering place for the town and county that it used to be. One large reason for that is the way traffic flow was engineered in the twentieth century. Previously, traffic was routed one block north of the square.

With the installation of larger roads such as Highways and 64, the main traffic flow through town became routed in a circle around the court house. The large volume of noisy vehicles driving straight through the center of town every day limits the utility of the public square as a gathering place and affects the character and function of the community. Monday Holiday - Veterans Day. November 19, End of Second 6 Weeks Grades 9 - November 27, Optional Teacher Workday. Chatham County Schools News. Jordan appointed to leadership role with national accrediting arm Experts cite Jordan's theoretical acumen and practical sensibilities for making him an ideal fit for CAEP.

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