North Carolina-Chatham County-March 5

North Carolina People, Places, and Things-March 5

I am the dad to five adult children. As they were growing up I attempted to remind them they were special and to implore them to learn something new. My goal was to do that daily.

In 2016 my goal is to learn something new daily on the people, places, and things that make North Carolina special.

Located in the center of the state in a geographical region referred to as the Piedmont you will find Chatham County. It county seat is Pittsboro and has an approximate population of 65,000. The court house in the last decade suffered a fire but has been restored to its past glory located on the circle in the center of town.


Chatham County located in red.


With regards to Chatham’s distinct geographic features, its most visited attraction is the man-made, 47,000 acre Jordan Lake, a popular fishing and boating destination.

jordan lake

Also, the famous 40-foot plot known as the Devil’s Tramping Grounds rests near Siler City. Geologists have never discovered why vegetation does not grow in the plot, and the local legend holds that the devil himself walks the area at night.

Photo below of Devil’s Tramping Ground

devil's tramping ground

There is a brewery in North Carolina called Aviator out of Raleigh, NC that dedicated a beer to the spot.

Devils Tramping Ground

Chatham County was annexed from Orange County in 1771 as a result of the War of the Regulation.  Chatham County received is named after William Pitt, Earl of Chatham. He was one of the few British statesmen to defend the American colonists’ rights in Parliament prior to the Revolution.

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