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Chatham Life

Fearrington Village is located in the northeastern corner of Chatham County.

Chatham County, North Carolina is a unique rural environment exactly at the center of the “Old North State”.  The area was settled by English Quakers, and formed in 1771  from adjoining Orange County. It was named for William Pitt, the first Earl of Chatham, a British Prime Minister.  Pittsboro, the county seat, and the largest city in the eastern part of the county, derives its name from the same source.

A five-member Board of Commissioners, which are elected at large, governs the county. The members of the Board of Commissioners are elected for four-year terms, but the terms are staggered so that all five seats are not up for election at the same time.

There is a mix of industry and small farms in the county, which is growing in population. In fact, Chatham is one of the fastest growing counties in one of the fastest growing states. Chatham County is transitioning to the preferred location for emerging companies. 

The lovely rural environment has attracted many artists to Chatham. See ChathamArts, Chatham Artists Guild, the NC Arts Incubator and Artist Studios at Fearrington Village for information on the vibrant Chatham arts scene.  There are a number of good restaurants and shops in Historic Pittsboro, just 8 miles south of Fearrington Village.  A few of my personal favorites are the old-fashioned S&T Soda Shoppe, The Joyful Jewel, and the Carolina Brewery.  There is also a bake shop--something you hardly ever see anymore.
For more information:
Chatham County
Chatham Schools
Chatham Historical Society
Chatham Economic Development Corporation


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