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Durham County was formed in 1881 from Orange and Wake Counties. It was named in honor of Dr. Bartlett Snipes Durham who donated the land on which the railroad station was located. The building of the railroad station was the beginning of the town of Durham. Located in beautiful Piedmont North Carolina, it is bounded by Chatham, Granville, Orange, Person and Wake counties. Durham, incorporated in 1866 as the Town of Durham in Orange County, is the county seat.
Source: Corbitt, David L. The Formation of the North Carolina Counties, 1663-1943. Second printing. Raleigh: State Department of Archives and History, 1969. Powell, William S. The North Carolina Gazetteer. Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 1968.