Monday, March 26, 2018

Caswell County Courthouse (Yanceyville, North Carolina) 1877

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Caswell County Courthouse 1877

The Court House is one of the finest buildings of the kind in the South. It is 90 by 50 feet, with a spacious passage running through the entire length. The various offices are on the lower floor. The court room is on the second floor and is well arranged. The style of architecture is "Romanesque." It is enclosed by a substantial iron railing, resting on a granite wall. It was completed in 1860 and cost $28,000. Kirk and his horde of tramps quartered in the court house and defaced the building very much. I visited the room in which J. W. Stevens [sic] was so mysteriously murdered; some signs of blood are still to be seen on the walls.

"Caswell County Letter," Leigh, R. A. The Weekly Observer (Raleigh, North Carolina), 16 October 1877, Tuesday, Page 1.

At one time, the historic Caswell County Courthouse in Yanceyville was surrounded by a wrought-iron fence. In 1977, Caswell County educator and historian Millard Quentin Plumblee (1906-1987) reported:

"An iron railing like that around the jury seats was all around the lawn walls at one time. It was made in Caswell County.

"The outside fencing was taken down and the commissioners sold it for scrap iron during World War II. The fencing was made in Caswell County by a Mr. Yarbrough at his foundry, near Milton."

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