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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Caswell County, North Carolina

Clickable Map of Caswell County, North Carolina and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Caswell County, NC (41) Alamance County, NC (124) Orange County, NC (49) Person County, NC (26) Rockingham County, NC (40) Danville Ind. City, VA (59) Halifax County, VA (40) Pittsylvania County, VA (24)  CaswellCounty(41) Caswell County (41)  AlamanceCounty(124) Alamance County (124)  OrangeCounty(49) Orange County (49)  PersonCounty(26) Person County (26)  RockinghamCounty(40) Rockingham County (40)  DanvilleVirginia(59) Danville (59)  HalifaxCounty(40) Halifax County (40)  PittsylvaniaCounty(24) Pittsylvania County (24)
Yanceyville is the county seat for Caswell County
Adjacent to Caswell County, North Carolina
      Alamance County (124)  
      Orange County (49)  
      Person County (26)  
      Rockingham County (40)  
      Danville, Virginia (59)  
      Halifax County, Virginia (40)  
      Pittsylvania County, Virginia (24)  
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1North Carolina, Caswell County, Blanch — G-5 — Bright Leaf Tobacco
In 1850s on a farm in this area Abisha Slade perfected a process for curing yellow tobacco. His slave Stephen discovered process in 1839.Map (db m19351) HM
2North Carolina, Caswell County, Hightowers — G-77 — Griers Presbyterian Church
Organized in 1753. Rev. Hugh McAden served as its first minister. Present building dates from 1856. Stands 1 mi. E.Map (db m19350) HM
3North Carolina, Caswell County, Jericho — Millard Quentin Plumblee — 1906 - 1987
In memory of Millard Quentin Plumblee 1906 - 1987 Educator Community Servant Friend Mr. Plumblee Born December 26, 1906 in Greenville County, SC. Graduated from University of North Carolina in 1931. Became . . . Map (db m42508) HM
4North Carolina, Caswell County, Leasburg — G-71 — Jacob Thompson
Secretary of Interior, 1857-1861. Confederate secret agent in Canada, U.S. Representative from Mississippi. Birthplace stands 100 yds. southeast.Map (db m18680) HM
5North Carolina, Caswell County, Leasburg — G-61 — Solomon Lea
First president Greensboro College, 1846-47. Founder and master of the Somerville Female Institute, 1848-1892. Home stands 100 yds. N.Map (db m19348) HM
6North Carolina, Caswell County, Milton — Cedars Cemetery — before 1826
Cedars Cemetery monuments dating prior to 1826 are observed while strolling through these hallowed grounds. Civil War soldiers of the "Milton Blues" are buried in a common grave. Maintained by the Woman's Club of Milton, who gave it the name "Cedars . . . Map (db m171801) HM
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7North Carolina, Caswell County, Milton — Clay-Lewis-Irvine House — c. 1815
Built by Henry M. Clay, local mill owner, in the Federal style. Nicholas Meriwether Lewis purchased the home in 1830 and added the Greek Revival front portico and a parlor mantle and trim from the Thomas Day workshop. The large boxwoods were part of . . . Map (db m171792) HM
8North Carolina, Caswell County, Milton — Commercial Row East — early - to mid - 19th century — → —
5. F.B. Jones General Merchandise Purchased from the estate of Thomas James Jones, tinsmith, his father. There is a working elevator in the rear from early 20th century. 6. Bowers Butcher Shop Also owned by F.B. Jones and used as . . . Map (db m171772) HM
9North Carolina, Caswell County, Milton — Commercial Row West — early - to mid - 19th century — ← —
1. W.S. Brandon General Merchandise Last merchant was Dudley Brandon. The building was an early silent movie theater. 2. Lewis Walker Drugstore Beautiful brown granite counters. 3. W.T. Oliver General Merchandise . . . Map (db m171771) HM
10North Carolina, Caswell County, Milton — Episcopal Church — 1890
Built as Christ Episcopal Church in 1890 in Gothic architectural style. Deconsecrated and purchased by Milton Woman's Club Charter Members September 18, 1974. Maintained and used by the Club, the building is also a site for many civic and social . . . Map (db m171791) HM
11North Carolina, Caswell County, Milton — Fairview — ca 1783
Built by Asa Thomas, is the oldest structure in the town of Milton. It was built in the 1783. Romulus Saunders, Ambassador to Spain, once traded Longwood Plantation and 1500 acres to purchase Fairview in order to entertain dignitaries. Although . . . Map (db m171796) HM
12North Carolina, Caswell County, Milton — Friou-Hurdle House — c. 1850
Built for Jarvis Friou a French Huguenot and prominent businessman. A Federal style house with an added Victorian style ornate bracketed porch. Original to the house is the beautiful red Venetian glass transom and interior woodwork attributed to . . . Map (db m171774) HM
13North Carolina, Caswell County, Milton — Melville — c. 1835
A Federal style house with emerging Greek Revival form built by John Wilson, merchant and planter. The interior contains late Federal trim from the Thomas Day workshop. The original brick kitchen and frame smoke house are in the rear. A later owner . . . Map (db m171779) HM
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14North Carolina, Caswell County, Milton — Milton Batteaux, Boatmen, Hogsheads and Coopers
Barrels called Hogsheads were "prized," or filled, with tobacco or flour, rolled down to the Dan River and shipped on "Batteaux," which were flat-bottomed boats. Men who made hogsheads were called "Coopers." This display is in honor of William . . . Map (db m171776) HM
15North Carolina, Caswell County, Milton — Milton General Store — c. 1830
First built as Watkins Dry Goods Store where clothing could be purchased. There was also a school room and you could buy books. Bought by Walter Lea Thomas in 1910 and operated by him and his sons as a general merchandise store and a post office . . . Map (db m171777) HM
16North Carolina, Caswell County, Milton — Milton State Bank — ca. 1860
Built by Dabney Cosby, construction protιgι of Thomas Jefferson. Served as a banking house and staff residence for 49 years, later Milton Post Office for 51 years, and thereafter a private resident. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places . . . Map (db m171775) HM
17North Carolina, Caswell County, Milton — Patterson-Dodson House — c. 1850
Queen Anne and Victorian style home built by David Patterson, a dry goods merchant from Ireland. Later home and office of noted physicians Dr. Charles Dodson and son, Dr. Henry Dodson who together provided medical care to the community from mid to . . . Map (db m171784) HM
18North Carolina, Caswell County, Milton — G-12 — Romulus M. Saunders
Was Minister to Spain, 1845-49; congressman, judge, legislator, and political leader. This was his home.Map (db m19349) HM
19North Carolina, Caswell County, Milton — Site of Milton Hotel — c. 1825
The 20 room brick and wood Milton Hotel was a local landmark and the center of area social activity for over a century. During its life the hotel went by several names, including Gordon Hotel and Hotel Caswell. Originally a tavern on the stagecoach . . . Map (db m171773) HM
20North Carolina, Caswell County, Milton — Stephen Dodson Ramseur — Confederate Major General — "Lee's Gallant General" —
Woodside House, built in 1838 by Caleb Richmond, where General Ramseur recovered from wounds received in battles of Malvern Hill and Chancellorsville. Scene of his 28 October, 1863 marriage to his cousin Ellen Richmond. As Brigadier showed . . . Map (db m18685) HM
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21North Carolina, Caswell County, Milton — The Oliver House — Ca 1845
Built in 1845, the Oliver House is one of the four raised Greek cottages built in Milton for local merchants. It is a brick lower story with a famed upper story containing the main entrance. The interior exhibits a center chimney with three . . . Map (db m171797) HM
22North Carolina, Caswell County, Milton — The Wooding Place — Ca 1840
One of the four raised Greek Revival cottages built in Milton for local merchants. Built for John Wooding who operated the Milton brickyard. Italianate porch Flemish bond basement, exterior end chimneys, and gable ends. Some trim and porch details . . . Map (db m171799) HM
23North Carolina, Caswell County, Milton — G-93 — Thomas Day — ca. 1801-1861
Free black cabinetmaker in Milton, 1824-1861. Home and shop located here in the old Union Tavern, 1848-1858.Map (db m14671) HM
24North Carolina, Caswell County, Milton — Thomas House — c. 1916
On this lot was a 3 story brick building where the Burch family lived. On the first floor was a five and dime store and a one room school. It was bought by Walter Lea Thomas of Leasburg, torn down and rebuilt between 1914 and 1916 out of the . . . Map (db m171783) HM
25North Carolina, Caswell County, Milton — Walker House — c. 1870
Built by Robert Lewis Walker, who served in the North Carolina Senate from the 19th District. A two story brick Victorian with a detached kitchen. Living and dining rooms have original slate fire places painted to look like marble. Beautiful Ruby . . . Map (db m171795) HM
26North Carolina, Caswell County, Milton — Wilson-Austin-Mehaffey House — c. 1870
This elegant Victorian home was originally known as the Dr. Wilson House. Dr. Wilson served as a surgeon in the Confederate army and a physician in Milton. The 1880s expansion of the home features shingled gables, dental molding, decorative side . . . Map (db m171781) HM
27North Carolina, Caswell County, Providence — G-110 — Washington's Southern Tour
George Washington's last overnight stop in N.C., June 3, 1791, was at the home of Dudley Gatewood, which stood 1 mi. N.E.Map (db m211477) HM
28North Carolina, Caswell County, Reidsville — G-43 — Calvin Graves
Speaker N.C. House of Commons and Senate. He cast deciding vote for the North Carolina Railroad, 1849. This was his home.Map (db m211479) HM
29North Carolina, Caswell County, Ruffin — G-67 — Bethesda Church
Presbyterian. Began as "Hart's Chapel," about 1765. Mother of many churches. The present building erected 1944, stands 3/4 mile south.Map (db m211478) HM
30North Carolina, Caswell County, Semora — G-104 — Archibald Debow Murphey — ca. 1777 - 1832
Advocate of improved schools, roads, canals. Jurist, teacher, legislator. Born 7/10 mi. S.Map (db m211480) HM
31North Carolina, Caswell County, Semora — G-25 — Red House Church
Presbyterian. Founded about middle of 18th century. Hugh McAden, its noted pastor, was buried in the churchyard, 1781. One mile S.Map (db m19354) HM
32North Carolina, Caswell County, Yanceyville — "Lest We Forget"
This memorial is erected by the citizens of Caswell County with pride and grateful appreciation for the services of the Caswell boys who made the Supreme Sacrifice in the World War. M.K.S. Whites Alvis Chandler • John Barker Thacker • . . . Map (db m171925) WM
33North Carolina, Caswell County, Yanceyville — G-18 — Bartlett Yancey
Congressman. A State legislator and political leader. Died in 1828 at the age of 42. His home and grave are here.Map (db m19353) HM
34North Carolina, Caswell County, Yanceyville — G-8 — Bedford Brown
U.S. Senator, 1829-40; State Legislator; Opponent of Secession, 1860. This is "Rose Hill," his home.Map (db m211481) HM
35North Carolina, Caswell County, Yanceyville — Caswell County Veterans Memorial
In memory and honor of all those who served from Caswell County Honor • Service • Valor • Sacrifice Prisoners of War World War II Brandon, Dudley Wilson • Byrd, Boyd Bryant • Gregory, Paul Allen • Grubbs, Joseph Elliott . . . Map (db m171924) WM
36North Carolina, Caswell County, Yanceyville — G-6 — Caswell Courthouse
Erected about 1861. Murder of Senator J. W. Stephens here in 1870 led to martial law and Kirk-Holden "War."Map (db m18677) HM
37North Carolina, Caswell County, Yanceyville — Confederate Memorial
To the sons of Caswell County who served in the War of 1861-65 in answer to the call of their country In whatever event that may face our national existence may God give us the will to do what is right, that, like our forefathers we may . . . Map (db m171927) WM
38North Carolina, Caswell County, Yanceyville — Honoring Nicholas Longworth Dillard — (1906 - 1969)
At age 27 convinced the Caswell County School Board to recognize Caswell County Training School as the first high school for African Americans 1932 - 1969: Principal of CCTS / Caswell County High School 1935: North Carolina . . . Map (db m171928) HM
39North Carolina, Caswell County, Yanceyville — The Veteran's Walk
In honor and appreciation of the courageous men and women who left their homes and loved ones to serve and defend our country.Map (db m171930) WM
40North Carolina, Caswell County, Yanceyville — Veterans Memorial
This monument is dedicated to the honor of the men and women of Caswell County who served their country in time of military need.Map (db m171926) WM
41North Carolina, Caswell County, Yanceyville — G-75 — William L. Poteat
Wake Forest College president, 1905-1927. Champion of freedom of scientific thought. Birthplace and family home stands here.Map (db m19347) HM
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Jan. 31, 2023