Caswell County showcases a beautiful landscape of timber, farm land, and agricultural vistas. Located on the northern border of central North Carolina, Caswell County – mostly in its county seat, Yanceyville, named for Bartlett Yancey, hosts festivals, eco-tourists, history buffs, and hometown pride in which its visitors can learn more about its historic culture. Many farms are still in operation, some for tobacco and other crops, some for forests, timberland related production, and other recreational pursuits. Deer hunting and fishing are high on the priority list for today’s outdoors enthusiasts. One of the state’s oldest operating fishing clubs, the Wildwood Fishing Club, calls Caswell County home.
The topography of Caswell County captivates its visitors and beckons its residents to stay, but modern roads make this possible. The lack of usable roads was one reason Caswell County was split from Orange County and why Person County was separated from Caswell County. Those with business at the county seat found the trip too difficult. In what is now western Caswell, William Byrd in 1728 while surveying the North Carolina-Virginia boundary, mounted the highest hill encountered to that time and from it “made the first discovery of the mountains in the northwest of our course. They seemed to lie off at a vast distance and looked like ranges of blue clouds rising one above another.”
Hyco Lake in northeastern Caswell County and northwestern Person County was formed on the Hyco River in 1964 when then Carolina Power and Light Company constructed a dam for an electric power generating plant. The lake is approximately ten miles long and covers 7,750 acres.
Because of the Dan River riverbed flowing through portions of the county, larger farm tracts developed because farmers could more effectively plow its flatter, less densely-forested areas while the southwestern parts of the county display tip-tops of some foothills, alluding to the Great Smoky Mountains off in the distance. Any Caswell County NC land for sale would truly be a gem in the crown of “The Goodliest Land.”