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As the 20th-century began, rabbit hunting was a popular sport in Chatham County. Rabbit meat was also a tasty and popular dish, and found its way onto local menus as well as those in hotels in New York City, Baltimore, and other northern cities. The desire for rabbit meat eventually died down but recently it has been making a comeback in a number of places since 2010.
The Chatham Rabbit is an heirloom dish that making a return to local menus. In the late 1800s to early 1900s, rabbits were a cash crop in Chatham County. Tons were shipped throughout the state and up and down the eastern seaboard. Now, in Oakleaf Restaurant in Pittsboro, NC, Chef Brendan Cox is making Chatham Rabbit with heirloom recipes from the past.