Welcome to Chatham County!
Rolling hills packed with history
About the County
Established in 1771, Chatham County was named after William Pitt, the First Earl of Chatham. The county lies completely within the Piedmont region of North Carolina which provides a home to several state and county parks and nature preserves. Chatham is bordered by eight counties, namely Orange County (North), Durham County (Northeast), Wake County (East), Harnett County (Southeast), Lee County (South), Moore County (Southwest), Randolph County (West), and Alamance County (Northwest).
Chatham County is governed by a Board of Commissioners. This body is comprised of five elected seats. Each seat represents a district within the county. The Commissioners choose a County Manager, County Attorney, Clerk to the Board, and Tax Administrator. The current County Manager is Charlie Horne, with the County Seat located in Pittsboro. The County Seat has a strikingly similar government to the county, with the only exception being that the area which the Board of Commissioners represents is limited to the town of Pittsboro.
The county, located inside several river basins, is home to historical landmarks and beautiful trails and campsites. The American Tobacco Trail cuts through a portion of the county. The historical Chatham County Courthouse, built in 1881, burned to the ground during a renovation effort in 2010. It was rebuilt and officially reopened in April of 2013. A place of interest for the county is the Jordan Lake State Recreation Area. This state park is made up of many small parks and nature preserves, as well as hiking trails and campsites. If nature isn't your forte, art festivals are almost always going on all around the county.