Washington, D.C. —- Representatives Bob Etheridge (NC-02) and David Price (NC-04) introduced a resolution supported by the entire North Carolina delegation on Tuesday which honors the historical and community significance of the Chatham County Courthouse.
Congressmen Bob Etheridge, David Price have each visited the site of the courthouse ruins and reached out to County officials to pledge federal support for restoration efforts.
At approximately 4:15 p.m. on March 25, 2010, the Chatham County Courthouse was partially destroyed by fire. Firefighters and emergency responders arrived at the scene and fought courageously and bravely to save the structure and historic archives for the people of Chatham County. The building had stood proudly since 1881 and had a central role in the local pride and independence felt by all Chatham residents.
“The Chatham County Courthouse is a beloved and adored structure in my district because it was more than a place to attend court or take care of official business, it was a gathering place and a symbol of community among neighbors,” Etheridge said. “The work to salvage archives and rebuild will involve a lot of effort by many people and my office is prepared to assist the people of Chatham County in any way possible.”
“For the people of Chatham County, the Courthouse is both an historic structure and an emblem of the very heart and soul of the community. It creates a lasting impression on folks who are just passing through, as well,” Price said. “Most anyone who has driven this stretch of 64 remembers Pittsboro because of this unique landmark, and North Carolinians near and far will take heart at the determination of Chatham County to rebuild.”
Until rebuilding efforts begin, government officials with the North Carolina Administrative Office of the Courts, Chatham County and the Town of Pittsboro have begun work to ensure continuity of operations and develop a plan to restore the courthouse.