Letter from the Mayor
Message from Mayor Cindy Perry
As the Mayor of Pittsboro, I welcome you to our unique, historic, and friendly town.
We are delighted you have come to Pittsboro, whether you spend a couple of hours, visit family, tour the sights, or make Pittsboro your home. We are a community of artists, academics, and agriculture.
As the county seat of Chatham County, Pittsboro is a crossroad of two major highways,
U.S. 64 and U.S. 15-501 joining at our historic courthouse circle. Chatham County, formed in 1771, was named for William Pitt the Elder, the first Earl of Chatham, and Pittsboro, formed in 1785, was named for his son, William Pitt the Younger. Stop in and see the historic courthouse and historical museum, rebuilt after a devastating fire in 2010.
Pittsboro is a walkable community with murals, parks, greenways, and a variety of eclectic local shops. Step back in time at the old-fashioned soda shop or watch the filming of the PBS Woodwright’s Shop television series on Hillsboro Street. There are artists’ studios, gifts, vintage and home decor shops, a fascinating bookstore, art from Africa and fabrics from the Provence region of France.
Our county is home to over 1100 farms. In and around Pittsboro we have three weekly farmers markets bringing the bounty of fresh vegetables, honey, goat cheeses, seafood fresh from the coast and organically raised meats. Our farmers supply local shoppers at the markets and deliver special orders to Chapel Hill and Durham fine dining restaurants.
Speaking of fine dining, Pittsboro is blessed with over 30 restaurants, from cheeseburgers to chalupas, small plates to steaks, topped off with bakery goodies and hot fudge sundaes. There are breweries and beverages from craft beers to cocktails, cider, and mead.
Our campus of Central Carolina Community College has innovative programs in sustainable agriculture, a culinary school, and sustainable building program. The County’s Agricultural and Conference Center is located West of the Community College, housing agricultural department staff and offering a variety of meeting spaces for the community.
Chatham Park, a 7,200 acre live-work-play planned community, lies on the East side of Town. As it brings new residents and future clean tech jobs to Pittsboro, Chatham Park joins us in creating a community in which tradition is preserved, coupled with a future of new technologies and amenities.
Welcome to Pittsboro! We are so glad you are here. Come by Town Hall at 635 East Street to say hello. We will be delighted to see you and ready to assist you.