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Caswell County is a beautiful rural community in the northern part of North Carolina. The rural setting and small-town friendly atmosphere makes Caswell County one of the most charming and historically interesting places that you will ever visit!
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Arboretum

 

Bike Routes

 

Brightleaf Hoedown

 

Caswell Bounce House

 

Caswell Pines Golf Course

 

Conservator's Center

 

The Enchanted Garden

 

Fishing - S.R. Farmer Lake

 

Game Land

 

Gunn Memorial Library

 

Heritage Festival

 

Historic Courthouse

 

Jibtopia - Wakeboarding

 

Kayak Rental - Farmer Lake

 

Maud Gatewood Memorial Park

 

Milton Art Studio

 

Old Jail & Gallows

 

One Room School House

 

Parks & Rec

 

Richmond-Miles History Museum

 

Shooting Range

 

Sleepy Goat Cheese

 

Thomas Day House

 

Walking Trails

   

 

Yanceyville Parade

 

Yanceyville Pavilion

 

Arboretum

All native arboretum with a focus on biodiversity and providing for wildlife.

In 2004 the Caswell Horticulture Club and the Caswell County Commissioners began work on the Caswell Community Arboretum, a park where trees and plants are grown for exhibition and study. Located on county property in the Yanceyville National Historic District, behind the storied Caswell County Courthouse, the project has reclaimed unused county property and created a place of beauty for Caswell County residents and visitors.

The arboretum has a paved trail, benches, and a beautiful gazebo. The arboretum is available to rent for weddings and other functions.

 

Bike Routes - Caswell County

Caswell County’s sparse rural population makes it a wonderful place to bicycle with little traffic congestion and much scenic beauty. Caswell County has more 18th and 19th century dwellings and structures than any other county in the state.

The Caswell County Bike Route Brochure is available free at bike shops in Yanceyville, Chapel Hill, Durham, Burlington and Greensboro and REI across from South Point Mall and Dick’s Sporting Goods at New Hope Commons in Durham. There are (eight) 8 routes, each approximately 20 miles in length, and connectors between the routes for longer rides.

Enjoy the ride through Caswell County!

 

Brightleaf Hoedown

This one-day outdoor festival is held the third weekend of September (September 20, 2014)  on the Court Square in downtown Yanceyville. It features a multitude of local food vendors, live entertainment, crafters and non-profit organizations, and more than 5,000 guests. http://caswellchamber.com/

Join us for a day fill with fun and excitement! The event includes: crafts, educational booths, commercial booths, food provided by local non-profit organizations, kids farm Olympics for children 3-8 years old, mock tobacco auction, car show and parade and free entertainment. There will be bands and evtertainment throughout the day. Please come and have fun and network with people you haven’t seen in a long time and make new friends too.

 

Caswell Bounce House

2250 NC Hwy 86 N, Yanceyville, NC -  336-694-TCBH (8224)

The Caswell Bounce House is a family owned business that opened January 2011.  The Caswell Bounce House offers children of Caswell County and surrounding areas 5,600 sq. feet of indoor party excitement.  The indoor bounce area offers clean, safe, climate controlled, and affordable fun for children and adults of all ages.  We have giant indoor inflatables that include a 16 ft slide, octagon with bouncy balls, a 44 ft double lane obstacle course, and our brand new 2013 crayon bouncer.  We also have arcades and a prize redemption center!!

 

Caswell Pines Gold Course

Our championship golf course perfectly preserves the Piedmont's natural terrain of gently rolling foothills, swift streams, tranquil lakes and majestic pine forests. Located just outside of Yanceyville, NC and an easy drive from the Triad and Triangle, this pristine public course is equal parts beauty and challenge, escape and expertise, performance and pure joy.

Created by renowned designer Gene Hamm with a unique combination of water, open expanses and secluded copses, our 6900-yard, par 72, traditional-design golf course includes a spacious, fully-equipped clubhouse and pro shop with immaculate practice greens and range, upscale grill and handsome 3000-square-foot banquet hall for public and private events. Visit the website: http://www.caswellpines.com/index.html

 

Conservator's Center

On a visit to the Conservators Center, you will meet our animals up close. An experienced tour guide will tell you their individual stories and describe each species and explain its role in its ecosystem. Our Mission - We have a three part mission – education, conservation, rescue – that has secured our reputation as a leading facility for the care of our animals. Our Animals - Meet the animals that call the Conservators Center home! We are a haven for 19 species and almost 100 animals.

Where is the Conservators Center? Although the Postal Service gave us a Burlington address, and our PO Box is in Mebane, we are proud to be located in rural Caswell County, NC.  For more information and find out how to visit the Conservator's Center, visit the website at: http://www.conservatorscenter.org/

 

The Enchanted Garden - Monarch Waystation

Just like birds, millions of monarch butterflies migrate from the US and Canada to Mexico every fall. The Enchanted Garden a registered monarch waystation and provides a rest stop for butterflies during their migration.

Each year, children and adults tag and release butterflies at the Gunn Memorial Public Library in Caswell County. The waystation is an area in front of the library that is maintaned by volunteers throughout the community just for the butterflies. When eggs are found in the garden, they are relocated to the "changing station" inside the library. Partons are able to witness the transformation from catapillar, to cyrslis, to butterfly. The butterflies are then taged and released to complete their journey. To learn more about monarch migration, visit: http://www.learner.org/jnorth/monarch/

 

Fishing - S.R. Farmer Lake

When you want a quiet, tranquil place to enjoy the best the great outdoors has to offer, think of S.R. Farmer Lake.  Located in central Caswell County, S.R. Farmer Lake is a 365 acre, Class A water shed built in 1986 for the City of Yanceyville.  It is a perfect place for fishing, recreational boating, water fowl hunting and picnics.  S.R. Farmer Lake is open from March 1st through November 30th.  S.R. Farmer Lake is great for catching bass, crappie, catfish, bream and other species. Bass, catfish, and crappie tournaments are held during the regular open season of the lake. 
S.R. Farmer Lake is a popular lake for many area anglers.  Its rural setting, restrictions on jet skis and swimming, and large bass population make it an ideal lake for fishing. Anglers can choose to fish from the bank or off the wooden fishing pier.  Those desiring to fish off boats may do so by launching a privately owned craft (subject to a nominal launch fee).  Visit the S. R. Farmer Lake website for more information!
 

Game Land

North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission

Caswell County is home to one of the largest and most well-managed Game Lands in the state. Totaling over 16,000 acres, the Caswell Game Lands boasts the states largest population of Wild Turkeys. The NC Wildlife Resources Commission’s Wild Turkey Program utilizes the Caswell Game Lands extensively for trapping Wild Turkeys and relocating them to other areas of the state. The Caswell Game Lands also has an abundance of deer and other wildlife and has several ponds for fishing.

1-800-662-7137 (Raleigh)
Caswell Game Lands Depot - Hwy 62 South of Yanceyville 336-694-9272
 

Gunn Memorial Public Library

The Gunn Memorial Public Library offers great programs and maertials for children, teens, and adults!

The library has books, audios, DVDs, magazines, and other materials for check-out. The library also has high-speed internet access available free to the public! A teen area with laptops makes the perfect "hangout" after school. Weekly story times are a great way to introduce children to reading and lifelong learning. Adult programs include computer classes, crafts, contests and more!

For more informaiton, visit the library's website at: http://www.caswellcountync.gov/pView.aspx?id=9407&catid=600

 

Heritage Festival

May in Yanceyville, usually the second Saturday in May from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. The Caswell County Historical Association will hold its  Annual Heritage Festival.

Step back in time with the Caswell County Historical Association’s Heritage Festival! During the 1800s, Caswell County was one of the wealthiest counties in North Carolina. The tobacco industry was booming and Caswell County was a leader in the field! Several historic buildings will be open and available to walk through. Tour the Historic Courthouse, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, which is architecturally considered one of the most distinctive courthouses in North Carolina. See the jail (with workable, but not working gallows). Visit the Richmond-Miles History Museum and the one-room Poteat schoolhouse.

 

Historic Courthouse

This historic old building has endured occupation, murder, and fire. The first Caswell County public library was housed in its dark and mysterious basement and saw the murder of Senator John W. Stephens. The Caswell County Courthouse was completed at the end of what has been called Caswell County's "Boom Era" -- from approximately 1830 until the Civil War. It is a handsome building, with a storied past, now listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  To many it is the symbol of the greatness of Caswell County. To others it is a reminder of the absolute worst in the hearts of men. However, after all this, the majestic Courthouse remains standing. The courthouse is open to the public Monday - Friday 8:00am - 5:00 pm. To schedule a tour of the courthouse, jail, and one room schoolhouse, contact the Caswell County Historical Association (leave a message and someone will call you back) (336) 694-4965.

 

Jibtopia Wake Park

Jibtopia has just about anything that the outdoor enthusiast could ask for.

Wakboarding!   Camping!     Skatboarding!     Horseback riding!      Yoga Classes!     
Beach with Swimming area!     Cable Riding!     Bar & Grill!     ATV Trails!    
 Bar 119!       Volleyball Court!     Cable Clinics!

Visit the wakeboarding park for fun outdoor activities!

Located in Caswell County at 15748 Hwy 119, Semora, NC 27343.  

Visit their site at: http://www.jibtopiawakepark.com/

 

Kayak Rental - Farmer Lake

S. R. Farmer Lake - in addition to fishing, Farmer Lake has canoe and kayak rentals.

 Kayak/Canoe Rentals 
  Full Day 4 Hour Period
 Canoe  $20.00  $10.00
 2-seat Kayak  $20.00  $10.00
 1-seat Kayak  $15.00  $  8.00


S.R. Farmer Lake   - 
3268 Badgett Sisters Parkway,  Yanceyville, NC  
Phone: (336) 694-5522     or    Visit Farmer Lake Website!

 

Maud Gatewook Memorial Park

Maud Gatewood Memorial Park is named after Caswell County's famous artist.

Located on Firetower Road  in Yanceyville, the Maud Gatewood Memorial Park is a passive park with walking trails, picnic shelter, horseshoe pits and barbeque grills.

Take a leisurely stroll on a paved walkway and enjoy nature!

For information regarding use of the picnic facilities, contact the Municipal Services Building at 336-694-5431.

 

Milton Art Studio

Located in historic downtown Milton, NC, the MILTON STUDIO ART GALLERY is owned and operated by three local professional artists. It is surrounded by antique shops that have long been a draw to this quaint town.

Three artists, Shirley Cadmus, Mimi Games, and Chrystal Hardt saw an empty storefront with big long walls and decided to fill the space with their paintings, pastels, drawings, pottery, and digital photography. With a shared vision of exposing their art and talents to the public, they opened the doors on December 1, 2007. "We hope to create a space where people will feel comfortable about coming in to browse, visit, learn, and collect works of art that enhance their lives."

 

Old Jail & Gallows

One of the most interesting buildings in Caswell County is the old Caswell County Jail. Built in the first decade of the 1900's, the jail served the county's prisoner housing needs until 1973. The lower floor served as quarters for the jailer (and often the sheriff filled the job as jailer) and his family and consisted of a foyer, three rooms, and a kitchen (where meals for the jailer and his prisoners were prepared). One of the most intersting aspects of the jail is the indoor hanging cell. When the jail was built, executions in North Carolina were handled at the county level and the indoor hanging cell was included in the design of the jail apparently to provide for such executions.

For more information or a tour of the jail, contact the Caswell County Historical Assocation (leave a message and someone will return your call): 336-694-4965.

 

One Room School House

Many Caswell citizens began their education at one of several small neighborhood schoolhouses scattered about the County, Poteat's being typical.

Currently it is located behind the Historic Courthouse and Old Jail in Yanceyville, NC.

The Poteat School opened Oct. 2, 1916 with (Miss) Maggie McGuire as the teacher and with an enrollment of 34 pupils. On the night of Dec. 20 a play was given by the advanced students, entitled "The Little School Ma'am." At the close of the program a number of boxes were sold realizing a sum of $10.00, which was used for the purchase of a broom, dipper, and a teacher's chair and table. During the fall term the students sold 30 buttons, for which they received a flag for the school.

 

Parks & Rec

Located on Country Park Rd in Yanceyville, the park features tennis courts, ballparks, batting cages, and picnic areas.

For information regarding upcoming events, contact the Caswell County Recreation Department at 336-694-4449.

It features:  Gymnasium, Picnic shelter w/ grill, individual picnic tables,  6 tennis courts,  1/3 mile paved walking track,  2 playground areas, 3 lighted athletic fields, Horseshoe pits,etc.

Programs and Activities: Youth basketball, softball, baseball, volleyball, soccer, football, flag football, adult basketball, softball, volleyball, preschool age starter sports, Zumba and Kickboxing fitness classes, open gym, tennis, concession facilities and more!

 

Richmond-Miles History Museum

Owned and operated by the Caswell County Historical Association (CCHA), the Richmond-Miles History Museum is located in the Graves-Florance-Gatewood House in Yanceyville, NC. It is only appropriate that the room in which famous srtist Maud Gatewood was born, now serves as the focal point of the extensive Maud Gatewood art exhibit. The rooms of the museum (on two floors) also contain items relfecting the depth and breadth of Caswell County's history including, a pistol once owned by Senator John Walter Stephens, who was murdered in the historic Caswell County Courthouse; a portrait of Bartlett Yancey, Jr. (1785-1828), for whom Yanceyville is named; Thomas Day furniture; a full reproduction of the 1840s Tobacco and Slave Ledger; American Indian tools and arrow heads; many of the antique clocks of local collector Leon Richmond; and uniforms and related items from the various wars in which Caswell County men and women served. The museum is open 1-4 pm Wed.- Fri. (other hours by appointment). Contact the CCHA (336) 694-4965.

 

Shooting Range

NC Wildlife Resources Commission

The public shooting range, which is free to use, has a 100-yard rifle range with five shooting lanes and a 25-yard pistol range with five shooting lanes. It is universally accessible with a concrete parking space and paved sidewalks to the shooting shelters and target areas.

The Caswell Shooting Range is located at 3670 N.C. Highway 86 South in Yanceyville. It is open from 9 a.m.- 5 p.m., Thursday through Saturday, and from 1-5 p.m. on Sunday. It is closed Monday through Wednesday and during Special Permit Hunts on the game land. Dates for Special Permit Hunts will be posted at the range and on the Commission’s website, www.ncwildlife.org/hunting, at least two weeks before the hunts.

 

Sleepy Goat Cheese

Ever want to learn how to make goat cheese? Well here is your chance!    Located on 160 undulating acres in Pelham, the farm is open to visitors at pre-arranged times between May and August.

Cheddar Cheesemaking: Day-long workshop includes hands-on instruction on making cheddar cheese

General Cheesemaking Class: Demonstration of two kinds of cheesemaking and hands-on making of a hard cheese that will occupy most of the day..

To schedule a tour, classes or for more information call us at 336-388-5388 or visit the website

 

Thomas Day House

The Thomas Day/Union Tavern Restoration, Inc. operates the museum where Thomas Day lived and worked. Thomas Day, probably the most famous craftsman to call Caswell County home, was born 1801 to free black parents and left behind an incredible legacy in his furniture, cabinetry, and other woodwork. His pieces can be found at the University of North Carolina, and in museums and fine homes throughout North Carolina and beyond. His work regularly is shown in special exhibitions and remains evident in many Caswell County homes. The North Carolina Museum of History in Raleigh has a special collection of his work. Thomas Day House/Union Tavern, now a National Historic Landmark and on the National Register of Historic Places, is a federal style tavern (circa 1818) used by Thomas Day for both a residence and a cabinet maker's shop during the height of his career (1848-61) as the largest luxury furniture manufacturer in NC by 1850.  Visit the Website!

 

Walking Trails

Walking Trails - Dan River Basin Association
The beautiful natural setting and rural atmosphere makes Caswell County the perfect place to relax on a long walk:

Stream Walk Trail at Caswell County Senior Center - Yanceyville, NC: 1800 feet:    
Flatland Trail @ Caswell County Senior Center - Yanceyville, NC:     Length: 900 feet
Orchard-Lake Trail - Yanceyville, NC: Length: 1 mile
Oakwood Trails - Yanceyville, NC: Length: 1 mile (and growing)

For more information on the trails, visit the Dan River Basin Association Trails webpage. Caswell County's trails are listed part way down the page!

 

Yanceyville Christmas Parade

On the first Saturday in December at 10:00am, join folks from around the area to watch the Christmas parade travel through downtown Yanceyville. Be on the lookout for Santa!

The parade highlights local talent from all around Caswell County. There is usually plenty of candy being given out as the parade passes through the streets.

The parade begins near the high school, runs down main street and usually ends near Food Lion!

 

Yanceyville Pavilion

The Town of Yanceyville operates an outdoor pavilion located next to its Municipal Services Building.

This outdoor pavilion is used for concerts and musical events, and is the location of the First Friday on the Square events hosted by the Town on the first Friday of each month from May to September. The First Friday events feature musicians from the region and are free to attend. The Yanceyville Pavilion may also be rented by the public for special events or performances.
 Contact the Town Manager for more details on renting the facility  http://www.yanceyvillenc.gov/

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Caswell County Public Library
161 Main Street East
Yanceyville, NC 27379
336-694-6241

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