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The Pitt County Historical Association was formed when Lucy Crisp called a meeting on September 18, 1927, at the Court House in Greenville. The individuals present at this meeting elected the following officers: Lucy Cherry Crisp, President; Tabitha DeVisconti, Secretary; and Frank M. Wooten, Sr., Chair of the Constitution Committee. Although the Association had an auspicious beginning, it did not function during the Great Depression and World War II.

In the early 1950s, David Julian Whichard, an editor and publisher in Greenville, rejuvenated the organization and was elected President. The group took as its name The Pitt County Historical Society. The Society has since evolved into a non-profit corporation.


The objectives of the Pitt County Historical Society, Inc., are to compile historical information, to encourage the preservation of historical sites, and to promote an appreciation for the history and heritage of Pitt County.


  • A portrait of William Pitt for the Pitt County Courthouse
  • Five flags on the Greenville Town Common
  • The Brickell Cannon for the Greenville Town Common
  • Sketches of the five courthouses of Pitt County
  • Sponsorship of National History Day
  • A publication entitled Chronicles of Pitt County, North Carolina, Volumes I and II
  • An architectural survey of Pitt County
  • A publication entitled The Historic Architecture of Pitt County, North Carolina, winner of the Antoinette Forrester Downing Award (Society of Architectural Historians)
  • Preservation of 1742 Robeson House in cooperation with the North Carolina Museum of History
  • Preservation of Alfred Moore House (circa 1800)
  • Preservation of Francis Speight and Sarah Blakeslee Speight House and Studio
  • Acquisition and preservation of Historic Red Banks Primitive Baptist Church
  • Placement of commemorative plaque on gravesite of Governor Thomas J. Jarvis
  • A publication entitled Cemetery Survey of Pitt County, North Carolina, Book One and Book Two, compiled by William "Bill" B. Kittrell
  • Sponsorship of public lectures and banquet celebrating Pitt County's 250th Anniversary