Pittsylvania County's 250th Anniversary


Welcome to the website of the Pittsylvania Historical Society. We believe that Pittsylvania County has an extensive and complex history. None of it should be forgotten or allowed to fade in ruin, whether it be structures, artifacts or written documents.

The Society is involved in many significant ongoing projects for members to enjoy while sharing Pittsylvania's rich historical heritage with both members and the general public.

Collecting, restoring and preserving artifacts is a major ongoing task of the Society. Most of these items are stored at the 1813 Clerk's Office in Chatham, the Society's meeting place and museum.

Two major efforts are under way: the restoration of the Chatham Train Station which will house the county's Veteran's History Museum, and the administration of the Melton Endowment Grant (supported by the Foundation of the Dan River Region) to support individuals conducting research to document information about people, places and events significant to the county's history.


Tobacco Exhibitt

This coming Monday August 21 at 7 pm PHS is sponsoring a tobacco program at the Agricultural Center outside of Chatham. The program will feature Leon and Nancy Compton. Leon has a had a wide range of experiences and a wealth of knowledge about tobacco's history in the county as well as its processing. Nancy will display her paintings, which have been very popular prints that show the growing, harvesting and sales of tobacco.

The Tobacco Exhibit at the Center will be a valuable tour for those who wish to see implements and other paraphernalia associated with tobacco's history, which has paralleled the history of Pittsylvania County. Admission is free.


For questions email pco1767@gmail.com

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