North Carolina Education - Chatham County

Year County Established

County Webpage Herein

County Seat Webpage Herein

1771

Chatham County

Pittsboro
In 1786, the North Carolina General Assembly passed an Act - Chapter LXVIII - to promote learning in Chatham County. Also in this Act, the Pittsborough Academy was incorporated and all leaders and trustees named. They were authorized to construct buildings and to hire teachers.
This Author has not found the legislative Acts and Resolutions from 1791 to 1816. If they are ever located then they will be appropriately included herein.
On November 17, 1817, the North Carolina General Assembly passed an Act to establish Blakely Academy in the town of Pittsboro in Chatham County. Ten (10) trustees were named in the Act.
On November 17, 1818, the North Carolina General Assembly passed an Act to establish the Haywood Academy in the town of Haywood in Chatham County. Seven (7) trustees were named in the Act. Also see January 9, 1833 below.
On February 12, 1827, the North Carolina General Assembly passed an Act to establish Cedar Grove Academy in Chatham County. Five (5) trustees were named in the Act.
On January 14, 1832, the North Carolina General Assembly passed an Act to incorporate Tick Creek Academy in the village of Tick Creek in Chatham County. Nine (9) trustees were named in the Act. Also see January 13, 1834 below.
On January 9, 1833, the North Carolina General Assembly passed an Act to incorporate the Haywood Academy in the town of Haywood in Chatham County. Nine (9) trustees were named in the Act.
On January 13, 1834, the North Carolina General Assembly passed an Act to change the name of Tick Creek Academy to Caldwell Academy in Chatham County.
Also on January 13, 1834, the North Carolina General Assembly passed an Act to incorporate the Farmers' Library Association in Chatham County.
On December 22, 1835, the North Carolina General Assembly passed an Act to incorporate the Pittsboro Academy in the town of Pittsboro in Chatham County. The remaining trustees were authorized to appoint new trustees.
On February 14, 1855, the North Carolina General Assembly passed an Act to incorporate the New Hope Academy in Chatham County. Ten (10) trustees were named in the Act.
On February 10, 1861, the North Carolina General Assembly passed an Act for the protection of Haywood Male and Female Academies in the town of Haywood in Chatham County. No tippling houses or the sale of spirituous liquors within two (2) miles of said academies.
On December 7, 1864, the North Carolina General Assembly passed an Act to incorporate the Wilson Academy in Chatham County. Five (5) trustees were named in the Act.
On February 10, 1871, the North Carolina General Assembly passed an Act to incorporate the Yates Academy in Chatham County. Six (6) trustees were named in the Act. The academy was already open when this Act was ratified.
On February 3, 1875, the North Carolina General Assembly passed an Act to continue in force Haywood Academy in the town of Haywood in Chatham County. Five (5) new trustees were named in the Act.
On March 10, 1881, the North Carolina General Assembly passed an Act to incorporate Tyson's Creek Academy in Chatham County. Five (5) trustees named in the Act.
In the Biennial Report of the Superintendent of Public Instruction for the scholastic years of 1889 and 1890, it was reported that there were eight (8) private schools for white children and one (1) private school for colored children in Chatham County - The private schools for white children were:

Private School

Town/Village

Principal

No. of Students

Thompson School

Siler City

J.A.W. Thompson

184

Yates' Academy

Williams Mills

B.D. Parker

70

Mt. Vernon Academy

Mt. Vernon

A.B. Hill

45

Private School

St. Lawrence

H.H. Siler

47

Private School

Pittsboro

Miss Kate Hanks

27

Private School

Bynums

Miss Soph. Atwater

25

Pittsboro Academy

Pittsboro

S.S. Jackson

30

Fair View Academy

Riggsbee's Store

Rev. J.W. Watson

30
The singular private school for colored children was:

Private School

Town/Village

Principal

No. of Students

Mission School

Pittsboro

Mr. Griffin

25
In the Biennial Report of the Superintendent of Public Instruction for the scholastic years of 1899 and 1900, it was reported that there were six (6) private schools in Chatham County:

Private School

Town/Village

Principal

No. of Students

Mt. Vernon Springs Associational Sch.

Mt. Vernon Springs

E.L. Womble

60

Siler City Institute

Siler City

J.L. Griffin

60

Goldston Academy

Goldston

Prof. Glegg

40

Merry Oaks High School

Merry Oaks

J.T. Cobb

40

Pittsboro Academy

Pittsboro

D.K. McRae

70

Moncure Academy

Moncure

Miss Ada Wade

20
 
 


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