Chatham County

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Chatham County is named for William Pitt, 1st Earl of Chatham and Secretary of State during the French and Indian War and Prime Minister of Great Britain.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Alamance CountyOrange County and Durham County

E – Wake County and Harnett County

S – Lee County and Moore County

W – Randolph County


Created:  December 5, 1770                  Map of North Carolina highlighting Chatham County

County Seat: 

Mial Surlock Farm  1771 – 1787

Pittsboro                 1787 – present


County Courthouse – Pittsboro  


Location:  Courthouse Circle / East Street & Sanford Road

Built:  1881 – 1882

Style:  Neo-Classical

Architect:  Thomas B Womack

Contractor:  J Bynum & William Lord London


Description:  The building faces north and is a three story structure. The rectangular shaped building is located in the center of Courthouse Circle in the center of Pittsboro. The north front has a large portico with three arches and recessed entrance on the first story. Four Docic columns rise to a pediment at the roof line. On the center of the roof is a high cupola with square base, octagonal section and clock and dome at the top. The roof is hipped. In the interior, the first story has a cross hall plan. The courtroom is located on the second story. An addition was added in 1930 by Works Projects Administration. The interior was renovated in 1959. The building was damaged by fire on March 25, 2010. The building was rebuilt from 2011 to 2012. The architect was Taylor Hobbs of Hillsborough and the contractor was H M Kern Corporation. The building is used only for official functions.


See:  National Register of Historic Places – Chatham County Courthouse


County Justice Center – Pittsboro  




Location:  SE South Street / Chatham Street

Built:  2011 – 2013

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Corley Redfoot Zack, Inc. of Chapel Hill

Contractor:  Clancy & Theys Construction Company of Raleigh


Description:  The building faces north and is a three story red colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on spacious landscaped grounds in the center of Pittsboro to the south of the courthouse. The north north front has a large projecting center section with rectangular openings on the first story. Six columns rise from the second to the top of the third story with wide pediment at the top. There are east and west two story wings with hipped roofs. The building houses the County Superior Court and County District Court of the 15th Judicial District. 


See:  The 15th Judicial District includes Alamance County and Orange County.


History:  The county was created in 1770 and the Mial Surlock Farm was selected as the county seat. The first courthouse was a wood frame structure built in 1771 on the farm. The second courthouse was a wood structure built a half mile north of the first courthouse in 1787 when Pittsboro became the county seat. The third courthouse was a brick structure built in 1843. The fourth courthouse was constructed in 1881 to 1882 at a cost of $10,666. The County Justice Center was constructed in 2011 to 2013.


County Courthouse Annex – Pittsboro  




Location:  12 East Street / Sanford Road

Built:  1983 – 1984

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Burnstudio

Contractor:  L P Cox Company


Description:  The building faces north and is a two story red colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Pittsboro to the east of the courthouse. The west and east sections run along the Courthouse Circle and the center section is recessed. The roofs are hipped. 




County Courthouse – Pittsboro






















County Justice Center – Pittsboro













Construction Justice Center in 2012







County Courthouse Annex – Pittsboro







Photos taken 2012 and 2014