Chatham, Virginia

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Chatham is a town in Pittsylvania County, Virginia, United States. Chatham's population was 1,338 at the 2000 census. It is included in the Danville, Virginia Metropolitan Statistical Area. Chatham is home to Chatham High School and Hargrave Military Academy. It is also home to Chatham Hall (Official site), an all-female boarding high school. It is the county seat of Pittsylvania County[3].

It is the home to the oldest continually used building in Pittsylvania County, once an 18th century tavern, since turned into a house and now occupied by Chatham Hall faculty.

Chatham is also home to the country's top rated military preparatory boarding school, Hargrave Military Academy, which includes a special Colin Powell program to help students decide which area of military service is best for them.[citation needed]

Chatham is the county seat for Pittsylvania County and has held that status since 1777.[4] There is a large U.S. Department of Agriculture office to support farmers in the area and a small branch office of the U.S. Forestry Service. The State of Virginia has built a new state prison at the site of an old work-release camp and this led to infrastructure upgrades in fire and water services to support the increased population.

Chatham did not see any battle action during the Civil War although it is between Richmond, the capital of the Confederacy, and Danville, which contained Confederate prisons for captured Union soldiers. On Confederate Memorial Day each year, the local chapter of the Daughters of the Confederacy places flowers at the statute of a Confederate soldier which is prominent in the front of the historic Pittsylvania County Court House. There is a walking tour of this downtown historic district and a brochure for this is available at the Town Hall, or at the Historical Society building next to Town Hall. There are several bed & breakfast establishments located on Main Street in historic Greek Revival homes.


Chatham is located at 36°49′32″N 79°23′51″W / 36.82556°N 79.3975°W / 36.82556; -79.3975 (36.825530, -79.397379)[5].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 2.0 square miles (5.3 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,338 people, 554 households, and 350 families residing in the town. The population density was 654.6 people per square mile (253.2/km²). There were 612 housing units at an average density of 299.4/sq mi (115.8/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 71.52% White, 26.08% African American, 0.60% Native American, 0.52% from other races, and 1.27% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.60% of the population.

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