Chatham County is located in the Piedmont area of North Carolina. Its county seat is Pittsboro, NC, and it has an estimated population of 65,000. Centrally located between Chapel Hill-Durham-Raleigh area and Greensboro. Because of major highways and interstates, the Chatham County NC area is ideal for commuting around the state, yet still retains its rural character.
Chatham County NC’s history is rooted in coal mining, agriculture and livestock. Once having the most thriving dairy industry there has been a recent shift in poultry operations. The soil is dry, red clay typical of the Piedmont so raising livestock has its advantages over seasonal crops. In fact, “Agricultural and agribusiness (food, fibers and forestry) industries account for 38% of Chatham County’s total income. Employment in agriculture and agribusiness is 33% of the county’s total employment” (U.S. Agricultural Census).
With a mild climate and gently rolling hills and pastures, land for sale in Chatham County NC, including equestrian farms for sale, create perfect home sites with agricultural or . There has been a recent increase in small, independent, organic farms in Chatham County that specialize in a specific needs. Most farms for sale in Chatham County are between 10 and 49 acres, with some larger ones.
These numbers illustrate that investing in farms for sale in Chatham County can be a profitable move. Before exploring and purchasing, contact the Carolina Farm Credit location in Siler City who can help you with financial planning and AgLoans.
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Read About Towns in Chatham County:
Siler City, settled over 250 years ago by English Quakers, is now a vibrant town with a large artistic community and diverse population. Residents in this quickly developing area enjoy an enviable quality of life that includes highly-rated schools, affordable housing, close proximity to both Greensboro and the Triangle, and a charming downtown area – streets lined with coffeehouses and art galleries, small shops and a colorful historic district. The town’s renowned N.C. Arts Incubator – an arts-based non-profit whose mission it is to promote artistic and cultural growth in North Carolina – attracts artists and art-lovers alike with its range of programs, studios and assorted community events.
The lovely, very walkable town of Fearrington Village offers much to see and explore. Fearrington’s beloved Belted Barnyard – a farm and its pastures where black and white belted cows, or “Belties,” black and white “fainting” goats, and a unique breed of black and white chicken called the Columbian Wyandotte are raised – is perhaps the area’s biggest draw, but the Village Center’s historic shops, restaurants, English gardens and Relais & Châteaux Inn & Spa also attract visitors from far and wide. Around 2,000 residents of this spotless planned community enjoy miles of trails for walking and biking, activities at the Swim & Croquet Center and a weekly Farmer’s Market. Schools here are highly rated, but a variety of interest groups and clubs for young and old make Fearrington Village one of the top small North Carolina towns for both families and active retirees.
The small, unincorporated town of Moncure, in rural southeastern Chatham County, is located in a pretty area where the Cape Fear River forms at the convergence of the Haw and Deep Rivers. Much of the region’s industry – sawmills and the Shearon Harris Nuclear Power Plant – is located just to the north of the town, but the area is also known as an art- and artist-friendly community with several thriving galleries, craft shops and ongoing events. Outdoorsmen enjoy hunting, recreational shooting, kayaking, fishing and boating here while several outstanding wineries and craft breweries are also within just a short car ride. Interestingly, Moncure was once the most inland port of North Carolina, connected to the coast via the Cape Fear River. Because steamships were so commonly used in the 1800s to transport both cargo and passengers, before a more complete network of public roads was established, Moncure was the westernmost – and primary – point of trade on this waterway.
The rural town of Bennett, North Carolina is blessed with a tranquil way of life and quaint southern feel. A couple of well-attended annual events take place here, including the fall Flatwoods Festival – a lively, family-oriented event filled with vendors and parades, live music and food sponsored by the Tri-County Ruratan Club – and the popular “Christmas in Bennett” holiday parade and lighting of the town’s Christmas tree. With a population of around 300, charming Bennett is ideal for families and others seeking a friendly small town to call home.
Named for a particularly wide bend of the Deep River, the tiny, unincorporated community of Gulf – home to less than 200 – is conveniently situated between Sanford and Siler City. The quiet way of life in this rural town with just one main general store, 2 churches and several historic buildings has an appeal for those seeking a world that is far from the hustle and bustle of the city. “Pick Your Own” farms dot the area and, just a ten-minute drive away, the Chatham Central Greenhouses and Nursey – retail venture of the Chatham Central High School Agricultural Department – offers plants, trees and shrubs grown and sold by the students
With a population of less than 300, everyone really does seem to know everyone else in this very smallest incorporated town of Chatham County, and most residents enjoy an outdoor way of life – hunting, fishing, biking and hiking – in the midst of some pretty beautiful surroundings. The town’s “downtown” area consists of several stores, restaurants and a Veterans’ memorial, while housing in the area is very affordable. Goldston’s fall Old Fashion Day – antique cars and tractors, clowns, crafts and more – and Hart’s Pumpkin Farm draw many visitors to this friendly rural community.
The imposing historic courthouse of Pittsboro – Chatham County’s county seat – is hard to miss at its location in the middle of a traffic circle at the heart of this vibrant, quickly growing town. Adjacent to the courthouse, Pittsboro’s Historic District, comprised of several well-preserved homes, shops, churches and other buildings, invites visitors to take a step back into centuries past when town leaders built their impressive homes and churches established roots in what was then called the Town of Pittsborough. The sense of community is very strong here, where many small businesses, parks, and restaurants thrive and annual events such as the Pittsboro Street Fair and fun Christmas Parade draw thousands of visitors to the area. Within 15-30 minutes of Chapel Hill, the RTP, Raleigh and RDU, this ideally situated and affordable town is characterized by a unique personality, diverse population and wonderful schools.