Chatham, Virginia:
Places to See, Stories to Hear

By Henry H. Mitchell

Surprise on Mansfield's lane

Friends you will not want to miss

The story behind Chatham's stories

Entrance to Town Park

“A remnant of the Old South?” “It seems British-Colonial!” Visitors are intrigued.

Since its founding in 1777, Chatham has experienced a remarkable stability and continuity of population, buildings, and natural environment. Although the prosperous 1875-1925 era left a strong Victorian ambience, every architectural period since colonial days is visible.

With only 1300 residents, and ten or so B&B rooms for overnighters, Chatham cannot claim to be a booming tourist, entertainment, and shopping destination. However, its beauty and serenity are treasured by those who have discovered it. Contemplation of its natural setting, architecture, and people has influenced and nurtured numerous writers and artists, many born and raised here.

Chatham hosts two prep schools and is the courthouse town for Pittsylvania, historically Virginia's largest county. Located in rolling foothills just east of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Pittsylvania is traditionally the center of Virginia's bright leaf tobacco-growing region. Today the setting is still largely rural, and a visitor to Chatham has the impression of stepping back in time and out into the countryside.

This website and its portal are sponsored by Mitchells Publications and the Sims-Mitchell House, Chatham, Virginia.