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CHATHAM 250: A look back..No clock in the cupola... Did you know that the Chatham County Courthouse had no clock in the cupola for more than 100 years after the courthouse was built? Mrs. Lucy Worth Jackson led the effort to raise funds to purchase the clocks, but before the goal for the clock was reached, she was asked by county leaders to donate the amount for schools. The clocks finally were added to the cupola in 2000 when Jim Johnson donated the funds. Those clocks were destroyed in the 2010 fire and replaced with the 2013 restoration..According to the 13 Sep 1883 Chatham Record, the cupola once contained a bell.