Historical Markers


Word doc listing of sites in the NC Highway Historical Marker program.

  • H-10
    Captain Johnston Blakeley
    After many victories, War of 1812, was lost at sea with his sloop Wash. Lived at “Rockrest”, 3 miles east.
    Location: NC 87 at SR 1545 (Chicken Bridge Road) northwest of Pittsboro
  • H-12
    John Owen 1787-1841
    Governor, 1828-1830, state legislator, and Whig party leader. His grave is 400 yards W.
    Location: US 15/501 (Hillsborough Street) at Salisbury Street in Pittsboro
  • H-14
    Granville Grant
    Formed northern half of colony of North Carolina. Southern boundary was surveyed to a point just south of here in 1746.
    Location: US 1 at Deep River bridge
  • H-15
    Tory Raid
    David Fanning and his Tories captured many Whig leaders here at old Chatham Courthouse, July 1781.
    Location: US 15/501 (Sanford Street) in Pittsboro
  • H-16
    Charles Manly
    Governor, 1849-51. Whig Party leader. His law office, relocated & restored, stands 70 yds. N.
    Location: US 64 (East Street) at Masonic Street in Pittsboro
  • H-17
    James I. Waddell
    Commander of the famous Confederate cruiser, “Shenandoah,” lived in a house which stands 3 blocks west.
    Location: US 15/501 (Hillsborough Street) in Pittsboro
  • H-18
    Ramsey’s Mill
    Cornwallis, following the battle of Guilford Courthouse, spent several days building a bridge over Deep River, at point 300 yards N.W.
    Location: SR 1011 (Old US 1) at SR 1012 (Moncure Road) at Moncure
  • H-24
    Wilcox Iron Works
    Important source of munitions during the American Revolution, operated occasionally since. Furnace was 100 yards southwest.
    Location: SR 1176 (Old US 421) at Mt. Vernon Springs
  • H-72
    Abraham Rencher
    Congressman; Minister to Portugal; Governor of the Territory of New Mexico, 1857-1861; poet and essayist. Buried two blocks West.
    Location: US 15/501 (Hillsborough Street) at Salisbury Street in Pittsboro
  • H-73
    Rocky River Church
    Baptist, organized about 1757. Used by Regulators for meetings after 1768. Stands 200 yards east.
    Location: Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard northeast of Siler City
  • H-78
    O’Kelly Chapel Christian Church
    Organized, 1794, by Jas. O’Kelly, founder of the denomination. Present building fourth on site.
    Location: NC 751 south of Chatham/Durham county line
  • H-84
    Rocky River Friends Meeting
    Established under care of Cane Creek Meeting, 1753; a Monthly Meeting since 1908. Fourth building was constructed in 1926.
    Location: SR 1300 (Foust Road) north of Siler City
  • H-88
    Henry A. London 1846-1918
    Lawyer, state senator. Author of 1901 “London Libel Law.” Editor of Chatham Record, 1878-1918. Home was here.
    Location: US 15/501 (Hillsborough Street) in Pittsboro
  • H-108
    George Moses Horton
    Slave poet. His The Hope of Liberty (1829) was first book by a black author in South. Lived on farm 2 mi. SE.
    Location: US 15/501 at SR 1700 (Mount Gilead Church Road) north of Pittsboro
  • H-114
    Paul Green 1894-1981
    Playwright, teacher, & humanitarian. Awarded Pulitzer Prize, 1927. His 16 outdoor dramas included The Lost Colony (1937). Lived 1 mile E.
    Location: US 15/501 at SR 1724 (Old Lystra Road) south of Chapel Hill
  • H-123
    Coal Glen Mine Disaster
    State’s worst mining accident occurred on May 27, 1925, when explosions killed 53 men. Shaft 1 1/2 mi. SW.
    Location: US 15/501 at southern intersection with Walter Bright Rd. north of Sanford