Caswell County is a county located in the U.S. state of North Carolina . As of the 2010 census , the population was 23,719. [2] Its county seat is Yanceyville . [2]

History

Caswell County was formed from a northern portion of Orange County , in 1777. The newly formed county was named for Richard Caswell , Governor of North Carolina from 1776 to 1780. Leasburg was the first county seat . In 1792, roughly the eastern half of Caswell County became Person County . After the division, the Caswell County center of government was moved to a more central location: the community of the new county seat first was called Caswell Court House. Later, the name was changed to Yanceyville .

Caswell County produced many political leaders, including Bartlett Yancey, Jr. , Archibald Debow Murphey , Romulus Mitchell Saunders , Bedford Brown , Calvin Graves, John Kerr, Jacob Thompson , and others. At one time it was stated that all successful North Carolina legislation had to make its way through the Caswell County legislators. As an example, Bartlett Yancey, Jr., was Speaker of the North Carolina Senate 1817-1827, and during part of this time Romulus Mitchell Saunders was Speaker of the North Carolina House of Commons.

It was in Caswell County that the Slade family discovered the bright-leaf tobacco curing process that revolutionized the tobacco industry and brought great wealth to the region. [5]

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau , the county has a total area of 428 square miles (1,110 km 2 ), of which 425 square miles (1,100 km 2 ) is land and 3.3 square miles (8.5 km 2 ) (0.8%) is water. [5]

Adjacent counties and independent cities

Major highways

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1790 10,096
1800 8,701 −13.8%
1810 11,757 35.1%
1820 13,253 12.7%
1830 15,185 14.6%
1840 14,693 −3.2%
1850 15,269 3.9%
1860 16,215 6.2%
1870 16,081 −0.8%
1880 17,825 10.8%
1890 16,028 −10.1%
1900 15,028 −6.2%
1910 14,858 −1.1%
1920 15,759 6.1%
1930 18,214 15.6%
1940 20,032 10.0%
1950 20,870 4.2%
1960 19,912 −4.6%
1970 19,055 −4.3%
1980 20,705 8.7%
1990 20,693 −0.1%
2000 23,501 13.6%
2010 23,719 0.9%
Est. 2016 22,910 [23] −3.4%
U.S. Decennial Census [13]
1790-1960 1900-1990 [8]
1990-2000 [9] 2010-2013 [2]

As of the census [25] of 2000, there were 23,501 people, 8,670 households, and 6,398 families residing in the county. The population density was 55 people per square mile (21/km²). There were 9,601 housing units at an average density of 23 per square mile (9/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 61.07% White , 36.52% African American , 0.19% Native American , 0.15% Asian , 0.03% Pacific Islander , 1.17% from other races , and 0.86% from two or more races. 1.77% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 8,670 households out of which 31.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.20% were married couples living together, 14.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.20% were non-families. 23.20% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.20% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.56 and the average family size was 3.01.

In the county, the population was spread out with 23.20% under the age of 18, 7.70% from 18 to 24, 30.10% from 25 to 44, 26.00% from 45 to 64, and 13.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 102.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 102.30 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $35,018, and the median income for a family was $41,905. Males had a median income of $28,968 versus $22,339 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,470. About 10.90% of families and 14.40% of the population were below the poverty line , including 18.30% of those under age 18 and 21.10% of those age 65 or over.

Law and government

Presidential Elections Results [26]
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2016 54.4% 6,026 43.3% 4,792 2.3% 252
2012 50.7% 5,594 48.5% 5,348 0.9% 97
2008 48.0% 5,208 51.1% 5,545 1.0% 109
2004 51.6% 4,868 48.1% 4,539 0.3% 30
2000 50.7% 4,270 48.6% 4,091 0.7% 61
1996 40.6% 3,310 52.9% 4,312 6.6% 536
1992 33.4% 2,793 56.5% 4,725 10.1% 845
1988 43.9% 3,299 55.8% 4,189 0.3% 21
1984 48.8% 3,992 50.9% 4,157 0.3% 25
1980 37.3% 2,156 61.1% 3,529 1.6% 92
1976 32.1% 1,761 67.5% 3,707 0.4% 21
1972 59.7% 2,983 38.4% 1,922 1.9% 96
1968 17.2% 1,036 35.5% 2,137 47.3% 2,851
1964 41.6% 1,793 58.4% 2,513
1960 31.0% 1,272 69.0% 2,832
1956 32.8% 1,204 67.2% 2,468
1952 27.3% 973 72.8% 2,597
1948 14.6% 351 68.8% 1,651 16.6% 397
1944 20.4% 492 79.6% 1,923
1940 13.1% 351 86.9% 2,335
1936 7.7% 207 92.3% 2,493
1932 8.3% 169 91.4% 1,858 0.3% 6
1928 44.5% 749 55.6% 936
1924 30.2% 467 69.5% 1,075 0.3% 4
1920 29.0% 505 71.0% 1,239
1916 28.5% 338 71.5% 849
1912 17.0% 154 78.0% 705 5.0% 45

Caswell County is a member of the regional Piedmont Triad Council of Governments.

Education

Caswell County Schools have six schools ranging from pre-kindergarten to twelfth grade . Those six schools are separated into one high school (Bartlett Yancey High School), one middle school , and four elementary schools . [8] Piedmont Community College also has an extension site at the Public Safety Training Center. [13]

Culture

The county seat, Yanceyville, features an antebellum courthouse designed by William Percival, and 23 other buildings, most built between 1830 and the Civil War, including a history museum and Yancey House. The county hosts two major festivals a year: the "Bright Leaf Hoedown" and the "Spring Fling". [14] The "Hoedown" is a one-day outdoor festival held in late September in downtown Yanceyville. It features local food vendors, live entertainment, crafts and non-profit organizations, usually drawing more than 5,000 guests. The "Spring Fling" is a two-day event and is held on a weekend in late April or early May on the grounds of the Providence Volunteer Fire Department. [5]

Yanceyville hosts the Caswell County Parks and Recreation Department which features a variety of sports and activities, especially for children. Every May, the Caswell County Historical Association hosts its annual Heritage Festival celebrating the county's history through living history reenactments, tours, games, vendors and live music. The Cherokee Scout Reservation is south of Yanceyville near Farmer's Lake.

Caswell County was briefly referenced in the 1977 television mini series "Roots". It was cited as the location of champion cock fighter Tom Moore's (Chuck Connors) plantation.

Communities

Towns

Unincorporated communities

Townships

  • Anderson
  • Hightowers
  • Leasburg
  • Locust Hill
  • Providence
  • Milton
  • Pelham
  • Stoney Creek
  • Yanceyville

See also