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Bright Leaf Tobacco (New Marker)

Bright Leaf Tobacco Historical Marker (New Marker)


Bright Leaf Tobacco (Old Marker)

Bright Leaf Tobacco Historical Marker (Old Marker)


Caswell County Courthouse (New Marker)

Caswell County Courthouse Historical Marker


Caswell County Courthouse (Old Marker)

Courthouse Historical Marker


Bedford Brown

Bedford Brown Historical Marker


Romulus Mitchell Saunders

Romulus Mitchell Saunders Historical Marker


Bartlett Yancey

Bartlett Yancey Historical Marker


Red House Presbyterian Church

Red House Prebysterian Church Historical Marker


Calvin Graves

Calvin Graves Historical Marker


Solomon Lea

Solomon Lea Historical Marker


Bethesda Church

Bethesda Church Historical Marker


Jacob Thompson

Jacob Thompson Historical Marker


William L. Poteat

William L. Poteat Historical Marker


Griers Presbyterian Church

Griers Presbyterian Church Historical Marker


Thomas Day

Thomas Day Historical Marker


Archibald DeBow Murphey

Archibald DeBow Murphey Historical Marker


Washington's Southern Tour

Washington's Southern Tour Historical Marker


List of Caswell County Historical Markers

  • 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. SR 1511 (Blanch Road) west of Blanch/1936


  • G-6 CASWELL COURTHOUSE: Erected about 1861. Murder of Sen. J. W. Stephens here in 1870 led to martial law and Kirk-Holden "War." US 158 in Yanceyville/1936


  • G-8 BEDFORD BROWN: U.S. Senator, 1829-40; state legislator, opponent of secession, 1860. This is "Rose Hill," his home. US 158 north of Locust Hill/1936


  • G-12 ROMULUS M. SAUNDERS: Was Minister to Spain, 1845-49; congressman, judge, legislator, and political leader. This was his home. NC 62 southwest of Milton/1938


  • 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. US 158 west of Yanceyville/1938


  • G-25 RED HOUSE CHURCH: Presbyterian. Founded about middle of 18th century. Hugh McAden, its noted pastor, was buried in the churchyard, 1781. One mi. S. NC 57 at Semora/1939


  • 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. NC 150 and SR 1128 (Wagonwheel Road) at Locust Hill/1948


  • 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. US 158 at Leasburg/1954


  • 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. US 158 at SR 1153 (Bethesda Church Road) west of Yanceyville/1956


  • G-71 JACOB THOMPSON: Secretary of Interior, 1857-1861, Confederate secret agent in Canada, U.S. Representative from Mississippi. Birthplace stands 100 yds. southeast. US 158 at Leasburg/1959


  • G-75 WILLIAM L. POTEAT: Wake Forest College president, 1905-1927. Champion of freedom of scientific thought. Birthplace and family home stands here. NC 62 northeast of Yanceyville/1959


  • 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. NC 119 northeast of Hightowers/1960


  • 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. NC 62/57 (Broad Street) in Milton/1976


  • G-104 ARCHIBALD DEBOW MURPHEY: Advocate of improved schools, roads, canals. Jurist, teacher, legislator. Born 7/10 mi. S. NC 57 and NC 119 at Semora/1988


  • 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. NC 86 and SR 1503 (Walters Mill Road) at Gatewood/1992



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    If you have ever wondered why Caswell County historical markers were identified with the letter "G" followed by a number, it is because Caswell County is in District G (along with Alamance, Durham, Granville, Orange, Person, and Vance counties). These signs are installed and maintained by the North Carolina Highway Historical Marker Program (administered by the Division of Archives and History Department of Cultural Resources), which divided the state into districts. For more information go to North Carolina Historical Markers. If you have a better photograph of one of Caswell County's historical markers, please submit it to the CCHA Webmaster for inclusion in this section of the website.




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