On July 4, 1776, the United States of America declared independence from Great Britain. After this declaration’s adoption by 12 colonies on July 4, the United States began to work its way towards total independence as a free nation. Typically, we observe this day as an opportunity to celebrate our patriotic spirit. In that respect, let’s see how much you know about the history in your backyard, Chatham County!
Every county in North Carolina has its own unique history. As for Chatham County, there is much to be said about its agricultural, industrial and mining industries. Formed in 1771 by early European settlers, Chatham County boasts a host of historical sites.
Named in 1758 for William Pitt, the first Earl of Chatham, early English Quakers created the foundation for Chatham County’s past, present and future.