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all-day Bright Leaf Hoedown
Bright Leaf Hoedown
Sep 22 all-day
BRIGHT LEAF HOEDOWN The excitement is building for the 37th Annual Bright Leaf Hoedown. This year’s event will be held September 22nd, in downtown Yanceyville, NC. Join us for a day fill with fun and[...]
all-day Bright Leaf Hoedown
Bright Leaf Hoedown
Sep 22 – Sep 23 all-day
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Old Caswell County Jail


 jailyanceyvilleAvailability: Open Year Round
Location: Yanceyville Court Square

The old Caswell County Jail building is located immediately southwest of the historic 1861 Caswell County Courthouse. Built in 1906, the Jail is a two-story brick Romanesque Revival style building with segmental-arched windows and a rich brick corbel cornice. The back left room of the first floor and the entire second story were used to house prisoners. Here are found the original iron cells, gallows, and doors made by Stewart Jail Works Company of Cincinnati, Ohio.

jailplaque
Restoration Plaque

The remainder of the building, consisting of the five rooms on the first story, served as the jailer’s living quarters, with a metal food slot between the jailer’s kitchen and the first-floor prisoners’ quarters. The jailer often was the Caswell County Sheriff who, with his family, occupied the Jail along with the prisoners.

The last jail in North Carolina to be built with a gallows, the old jail held prisoners until 1975.