Dan Pollitt Conference Center

A Tranquil Retreat
RAFI-USA’s 1,700 square foot Dan Pollitt Conference Center is situated on three beautiful, secluded acres in the small town of Pittsboro, North Carolina.

Centrally-located in the state, the Center is designed primarily for day retreats, seminars and workshops for non-profit, community and other regional groups.

A Spectacular Meeting Facility! Nestled in a tranquil wooded cove and suffused by natural light, the Dan Pollitt Center offers an ideal space for clearing the mind, refreshing relationships and focusing energy.

A Lovely Gathering Place! Passive solar technology, daylighting and recovered heartpine used throughout the Center exemplify the foundations of good design: efficiency, ecological awareness and beauty. Amenities include a screened porch, deck and backyard picnic area.

A Shared Mission.  Proceeds from the rental of the Dan Pollitt Conference Center support Rural Advancement Foundation International (RAFI-USA), a nonprofit organization that works to create conditions for a dependable supply of safe food, sustainability for family farmers and vibrant rural communities.

In Memoriam. The Center is named after RAFI-USA’s founding board member Daniel H. Pollitt in honor of his lifelong service for equal rights and opportunities for all people.

The Community. In the heart of rural Chatham County, Pittsboro is 16 miles south of Chapel Hill, 28 miles west of Raleigh and 45 miles south-east of Greensboro. The area quietly bustles with artists, antique dealers, farmers and nature enthusiasts. A variety of dining and catering options including country inns, locally-owned sandwich and soda shops and even a five-star restaurant are available, some within walking distance of the Center.

Accommodations in and around Pittsboro include Rosemary House Bed and Breakfast, Bed and Breakfast at Laurel Ridge, The Inn at Celebrity Dairy and the Fearrington House Country Inn. National hotel chains located in Chapel Hill, Sanford and Siler City are all within 30 minutes driving time from the center.

Additional information on accommodations, caterers and restaurants is available from:

  • Pittsboro-Siler City Convention & Visitors Bureau, Tel: 919-542-6969 or 800-316-3829
  • Orange County Convention & Visitors Bureau, Tel: 919-968-2060 or 888-968-2060
  • Sanford Area Chamber of Commerce (Lee County),  Tel: 919-775-7341

Directions to the Conference Center
The Conference Center is located at 274 Pittsboro Elementary School Road in Pittsboro, NC.

From Burlington (87 South): At intersection of Hwys 87 and 64, go straight through traffic light on 87 S. Take first left onto Pittsboro Elementary School Road. Pass school on the right and tennis courts on the left. RAFI-USA is on the left, just past the tennis courts.

From Siler City (64 Business): At the intersection of Hwys 64 Business and 87, turn right at the traffic light (Al’s Diner on the right) onto Hwy 87 S. Take first left onto Pittsboro Elementary School Road. Pass school on the right and tennis courts onthe left. RAFI-USA is on the left, just past the tennis courts.

From Raleigh (Exit 386, 64 Business) or Chapel Hill (15/501 South):
At the traffic circle/courthouse in Pittsboro, take 64 W 1/2 mile to intersection with Hwy 87. Turn left on Hwy 87 S. Take first left onto Pittsboro Elementary School Road. Pass school on the right and tennis courts on the left. RAFI-USA is on the left, just past the tennis courts.

Reserve the Dan Pollitt Conference Center
To reserve the conference center, contact Kathy Zaumseil at 919-542-1396, ext 204, or via email at [email protected].