Monday, July 31, 2006
Swicegood House (Yanceyville, Caswell County, North Carolina)
This is a photograph of a wood-frame house that once stood just off the Square in Yanceyville, North Carolina, on a site that now is a parking lot between the decommissioned U. S. Post Office building and the group of buildings that includes the Lee Farmer law office, the old barber shop (business closed), and the Caswell Theater (business closed). Click on the photograph for a larger image.
This house, now demolished, is believed to have once been occupied by the Swicegood family. It also sereved for a seven-year period as the local Episcopal Church.
Before moving to Yanceyville, the Episcopal Church in Caswell County held services in the Milton building that now serves as the Woman's Club of Milton.
If you have information on the Swicegood House, the Woman's Club of Milton, or the Episcopal Church in Caswell County, please share it here or send it to the CCHA.
Milton Episcopal Church: "Thank you ever so much, Rick. The windows were keyhole shape (as opposed to my earlier key shape) and I just loved that feature. My grandfather sold the tract of land that the church stands on. I would like to know who purchased it -- whether it was the Diocese of NY or the local Episcopal membership. The church was left farm land which generated most of the income to support the church for a very long time. The membership was always small, and the few families who were members went mostly to the Presbyterian Church, because there was just one service a month -- first Sunday nights and 5th Sunday mornings. If I give you more info than you want feel free to delete it. They were the last church in Milton to use a pump organ."
Source: Jean Bradsher Scott 8 February 2014 Post to the Caswell County Historical Association Facebook Page.
It stood just west of the row of buildings that included the Caswell Theatre and Richardson's barber shop. Today this is an open lot. The next structure proceeding west on West Main Street is the now-closed "new" Yanceyville Post Office (possibly now being used as a church).
When the Swicegood house was demolished is not known. Nor do we know when it was built. Swicegood opened its Yanceyville funeral home business in 1923 and opened its Danville business in 1928.
Some will remember the Swicegood family and the children who attended Bartlett Yancey Elementary and High School.
An earlier post here was devoted to Alvis Layton Ford (1929-1953) and the sacrifice he made in the Korean War. Another post explored the Swicegood family that lived in Yanceyville and operated a funeral home. How do these two posts relate?
Well, Barbara Ann Swicegood married Bernice Stanley Ford, brother of Alvis Layton Ford. Both brothers served in Korea. One survived.
Source: Caswell County Historical Association Facebook Page Post 4 December 2019.