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Lewis Freeman Historic Park

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The Property

The future Lewis Freeman Historic Park sits on a small but lovely one third of an acre property along Rectory Street between West Salisbury Street and West Street. It is currently in the conceptual design phase of development. The site features a grassy lawn with mature Black Walnut trees, a bamboo thicket and a sinuous creek.

The History

So what's the historic aspect of this park and who was Lewis Freeman? Lewis Freeman was the first recorded and most prosperous free black settler in Pittsboro. He was born in the late 1700s and passed away in 1845. He lived in one of four surviving homes from the original settlement, and owned sixteen parcels within the town, including most of the entire block containing the park. He owned about twenty additional acres throughout Chatham County.

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