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2020 was a struggle for Caswell County


020 was a year like no other for many people

restrictions from the state. Some may never open again due to

around the world including Caswell County. People

the financial slam they took.

and businesses here suffered, had to regroup, in some

cases isolate themselves and much more. Although Caswell County was kind of slow getting started with COVID-19 positive cases, it soon caught up and became a “red county” for its numbers. Caswell County Health Department, Caswell Family Medical Center, North Village Pharmacy, Piedmont Health, Prospect Hill Health Center, and many more worked tirelessly getting people vaccinated against the deadly virus. County Outreach Ministry, Caswell Parish, Shady Hill UMC food pantry and many more organizations worked tirelessly

Students spent a year at home struggling with often-spotty Internet service as the schools closed their doors while waiting for COVID cases to go down. A number of team sports were canceled depriving youth of a chance to “play ball.” Even churches suffered as many had to close their doors for months and offer services over you tube or Facebook. Drive in services became commonplace. Speaking of drive-ins, they made a huge comeback and once again offer a chance to get out safely.

getting free food to the seniors and youth. These groups

The list goes on and on, but things are looking somewhat

always face challenges but job losses and salary cutbacks

better as we go to press. Many people have become heroes

made it even harder to keep food on the table.

in their areas for their tireless efforts to help others. They are

For months many businesses couldn’t be open due to

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elcome to ‘Discover Caswell’. Representing the Caswell County Chamber of Commerce, it is an honor to be asked to provide an introductory

letter to this magazine. About six years ago, I moved back home to Caswell County after having lived out west for many years. What a surprise when I began to ‘Discover Caswell.’ It has in fact become an adventure of a lifetime. Since my childhood and young adult years were spent here, when I came back home, I just naturally assumed that I knew all about Caswell and felt there was nothing here to ‘discover.’ Then, the more I become engaged in the day-to-day life in the business community, my neighbors, one on one with the people here, the more I actually ‘discovered.’ Some discoveries… We have an arboretum! Who knew? And an active group of volunteers at the horticulture club that maintains it. There is a park in Yanceyville. The Maud Gatewood Park… what a neat little get away at lunch time to take a quick walk

thought? The Animal Park at the Conservator’s Center helps provide a final home for animals that otherwise might not experience their golden years. Alpacas live here. At Raynay Alpaca Farm, a beautifully kept farm, there are amazing animals and a wonderful gift shop that carries many alpaca wool items. Incredibly cool repurposed home décor items at Carolina Vintage and Sunflower Salvage An amazing display of art at the Yanceyville Municipal Building (The Maud Gatewood Art Museum) and at the Caswell Arts Council in the CoSquare space. A co-op of chicken (egg) farmers that have developed a superior quality egg product that is in unbelievable demand in surrounding areas (full disclosure, I joined those farmers and now also sell eggs through the PPFC organization too). A Milton family that is ‘you tube’ famous and has 100s of hours of video for the world to see online (This Farm Wife). Historical residents that made big marks on this world…. all beginning from right here in Caswell County …from

or sit outside for a break. A farm that serves as a state-of-the-art shooting range

professional baseball players, furniture makers, artists and

while also providing an incubator gunsmithing shop for

more (check out Prolific Icons: Caswell History Speaks

PCC students; their attention to every plant growing there is

on You Tube). It’s funny how I spent so many years here growing up

admirable (Distinguished Pistol). We have a nursing home for lions! Who would have ever

yet was so unaware of what was right here under my nose. Whether you are discovering Caswell as a visitor or perhaps

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there really is a lot here to indeed, discover. ///


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PCC’s Center for Educational & Agricultural Development serves as an economic development and community project


he Center for Educational and Agricultural Development (CEAD) is the future home of Piedmont Community College’s (PCC) Agribusiness Technology Program and a center for economic development in Caswell County. The campus will be located in Pelham, NC and include agricultural education, economic development, and community resources. A food hub, an incubator farm, and food retail opportunities will build opportunity for Caswell County farmers and food entrepreneurs. Educational opportunities through PCC and Cooperative Extension will focus on food and farm initiatives, while community facilities will encourage community health and wellness. The combination of these elements are designed not only to promote Caswell’s farm community but also to drive economic development that attracts new investments, builds new jobs in Caswell, and expands the county’s community and economic opportunities. “There’s a lot of synergy around the project overall – from community partners to the number of designers interested in being involved,” comments Ed Morrah, PCC’s ADA/OSHA Project Manager. This was evident in the Caswell County Commissioners’ meeting held in September 2019 when the county’s elected officials approved partnering with PCC. During that same meeting, multiple community members spoke highly about

the county joining forces with PCC on this specialized agricultural project. This Project Plan is a step towards a vibrant, energetic campus where many different parts of a healthy local food system work together and strengthen each other. The overall project captures many years of vision and leadership from dedicated community members at Piedmont Community College, Caswell County, the Piedmont Community College Foundation, Caswell County Cooperative Extension and the Danville Regional Foundation. “As we’ve moved forward with CEAD, we heard there was a need for a distribution space for local food pantries and various food distribution partners. This caused us to adjust our plan to add this space,” shared Dr. Pamela Senegal, President, Piedmont Community College. “If people are hungry, they can’t learn. We have to understand that we’re in this together as a community and need to ensure our neighbors have their basic needs met so they can thrive in other areas, such as education and being successful in their employment.” She continues to say, “We want this space to have not only a great impact for local farmers but also be for the overall betterment of the full community.” A groundbreaking will be held in April once a designer is selected to work on the 79-acre site that is expected to include a 15,000 square foot educational building including emergency shelter; a 6,000 square foot food hub; and a 10-12 acre incubator farm. ///

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uring a recent conversation with Ryan Millner,

reduce airborne particles, but it allows us to do our part to save

the Marketing and Outreach Coordinator

on energy consumption and lower our carbon footprint at the

for Compassion Health Care, Inc. (CHC), he

same time,” he adds. “We began offering testing for COVID-19

explained how the company’s mission is to provide excellent

at both our locations as soon as the testing kits were available

patient-centered healthcare to all. He says, “Our vision is

to us.”

‘Healthy People, Healthy Communities’.”

CHC began offering Mobile Health services that allows

Since the start of the pandemic, CHC has made several pivots

testing even more people in communities across the surrounding

to ensure the safety of its patients and staff. “We implemented

areas. “Once we launched CHC Mobile Health, we created

strict CDC guidelines, including limiting access to the building to

an online calendar so the community can learn where we’ll

only patients with an appointment,” he says.

be next for COVID-19 testing. We are also accepting requests

CHC created HIPAA compliant online patient registration to

from organizations or businesses who want us to come set up for

reduce the need for patients to come into the office to fill out

testing. This can be requested at https://compassionhealthcare.

paperwork,” states Millner. “We implemented telehealth visits


so patients can speak to their PCP via phone and/or video. This

CHC bought touchless temperature screening devices for

allows our patients to interact with their provider without the

Caswell County schools and Rockingham County schools so

need for an in-person visit. However, in-person visits are made

students, teachers, staff, and visitors have a quick and efficient

when the provider and patient agree that it is necessary.”

touchless screening option that will facilitate safe entry.

Because there are many people who have little or no

One of the biggest struggles has been staffing; it requires more

internet access at home, CHC set up free Wi-Fi access outside

staff to do all that they have been doing to fight the pandemic,

both its buildings in Eden and Yanceyville. This Wi-Fi can be

and still provide primary care, urgent care, and behavioral

used for anything the community needs, including telehealth

health to patients. They have hired additional staff and continue

with their physicians and other providers, or even schoolwork

to add people to our staffing plan to meet the demand.

when needed.

CHC needed to ensure the safety of everyone, including its

Their behavioral health team began virtual support groups

staff. This meant reverting to a “skeleton crew” on-site while

to help those who have been struggling during the pandemic.

most employees worked remotely. The IT department made

These support groups are free to communities and open to

sure remote workers had what they needed at home and all

anyone whether they are a patient or not.

employees came together so well on this that the day-to-day

“We installed new air purifying technology in both our Eden

operations remained streamlined.

and Yanceyville locations to reduce airborne viruses and make

“We have had tremendous support from area chambers with

our facilities as safe as possible for everyone. This not only helps

the addition of our Small Business Health Program (https://



The medical staff is continuously evaluating and analyzing

and getting the word out to chamber members about our services.

CDC guidelines to ensure they are following the latest

We have enhanced partnerships with county health departments

recommendations as more is known about COVID-19. “We

and schools, and we have seen a lot of support from community

began providing the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine as soon

members who have become new patients of ours,” says Millner.

as it was available to us to as many people as possible in our

When asked what the organization learned throughout 2020,

communities. We created a waitlist for people to sign up, and as

he shares that they have learned so much about technology

each phase is rolled out for the various priority groups defined

and about working together to accomplish what sometimes is

by the governor, we call those who are on the list. We urge

seemingly impossible.

anyone who wants the vaccine to give us a call or sign up online

“Each of our staff members have been asked to change the

for the vaccine waitlist.”

way they operate, and everyone has been super cooperative,

The future is looking bright for Compassion Health Care, Inc.

even during personal hardships. In fact, many have gone

which has a vision of healthy people, healthy communities.

so far as to ask, “What else can I do to help?” This is a great

“This is accomplished by expanding our services into other

demonstration of our values which are compassion, commitment,

communities, so growth is definitely in the future. We look to

integrity, excellence, and equity playing out right in real time.

expand the mobile health unit to go beyond COVID-19 testing

We strive to live by these values day in and day out, and this

and provide other testing/services as well. The future is wide

has been evident in CHC employees during this stressful time.”

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We are all in this together By Amanda Hodges Executive Director Caswell County Chamber of Commerce


orking together in a community is very rewarding work, but it is also challenging work. Whether a government entity, a town or county committee or commission, a non-government nonprofit or small businesses with owners in the community, each has its own goals and objectives that are its

first priority.

Ideally, we all are working toward a similar goal of servicing our customers, constituents, clients

or patrons and to be good and honorable representatives of the responsibilities we have been entrusted to in our individual roles. Working together for the greater good of the entire community while also accomplishing specific organizational goals takes work, hard work. It takes committed and often patient individuals working together to make it happen. The more involvement there is from the citizens, the better these efforts can match what the citizens want and need. Although people do not always agree on everything, that’s ok. Differences of opinion help us to better understand each other while also seeing other possible alternatives. Continuing to work together regardless of these situations, is what is making the Caswell community stronger. The community has received praise from groups outside of the area at both state and regional levels acknowledging that what our community leaders and members are doing is good, positive and benefiting all. Following is a recap of initiatives so you can learn more about how Caswell County has been leading the way in key areas of collaboration, growing the community economy and just plain good old fashioned, working together, to get to a better place for all. 14 | DISCOVER MAGAZINE | CASWELL


COVID Partnership The Caswell Health Department, Caswell County, EMS, Health Collaborative, Caswell Family Medical Center, Piedmont Health along with many other community partners connected weekly during the first several months of COVID to share updates, assist one another and alert others of situations that needed to be addressed. Coordination of services, sharing hours of operation of essential businesses, information on farm worker situations, sharing testing site information, grant funding opportunities and more were all discussed regularly. COVID Awareness Program Caswell Family Medical Center, Caswell County, and the Caswell Health Department partnered to develop and execute an awareness campaign for our county with signs and information packets. Signs were distributed to local businesses that completed a COVID safe checklist. The grant funding also allowed for television commercials featuring Caswell that aired on Piedmont area television stations. Creating Well-Being for the Community Caswell County has engaged in a program (the only rural county in the state) to build county policies that are equitable for all community members through a national program called the Government Alliance on Race and Equity (GARE). Racial equity is realized when race can no longer be used to predict life outcomes, and outcomes for all groups are improved. The team includes county staff and community members and was supported by the county commissioners. Feeding the Children and Others To feed the children when COVID hit, Caswell County Schools along with volunteers arranged for pick up meals and County Outreach Ministry also assisted in making sure no one went hungry. The Caswell Parish, Locust Hill UMC and Shade Grove UMC all assisted by opening their food panties and offered a hot meal service. Several businesses and funders also stepped up to sponsor hot meals and to help the efforts overall. As the community rallies to support these organizations, many continue to be fed regularly. To assist on a long term basis past COVID, the new CEAD center will also include resources to address assisting the county food pantries. Caring for Senior Citizens - Caswell Senior Center Tirelessly continuing on during COVID times, this organization provides food for our county’s seniors needing assistance via Meals on Wheels. With the power of a volunteer force that is resolute in their dedication to this, our seniors continue to be served. Caswell Veterans Having already served our community and nation to provide us the freedom for our way of life here in America, they continue to serve our community still. These individuals have rallied our community to join together to plan, raise the funding and build the Caswell County Veterans Memorial that was dedicated November 11, 2020. Even in the midst of a pandemic, these tireless individuals overcame the odds to get the project completed and dedicated. HELPING THE COMMUNITY WORK BETTER TOGETHER PARTNERSHIPS:

Broadband for Caswell With the need of county wide broadband brought front and center with COVID, the pressure in getting the access needed here, especially for the children of Caswell has never been stronger. Receiving attention from our legislative representatives in both Raleigh and Washington, DC, Caswell County government and community leaders have been working to leverage the current situation to push for changes faster. The partnerships for broadband actually exist in all of the areas shared in the update as the citizens and organizations are all pushing together for more attention to this matter. CASWELL | DISCOVER MAGAZINE | 15


Caswell County Cooperative Extension Caswell County Extension has a complete team in place that has grown to provide our agriculture-based county more support. Caswell farmers have dedicated agents here to help; all is needed is for people to ask. Despite COVID, the group is very involved in the community partnering with the county, economic development, PCC, the Chamber, Caswell County Schools, and other groups. Volunteer Fire Departments These groups have worked together to set higher standards for the county’s safety allowing Caswell residents to experience lower rates for insurance because of the hard work and partnership across the county in all fire districts meeting and exceeding set standards. The safety of our communities depends on these dedicated individuals and for that we are grateful. Nonprofits, Government/Municipalities & Small Businesses Children: Assisting the Children of Caswell County, the Caswell County Partnership for Children works closely with the area elementary schools and early educators as well as volunteer community members to build a solid foundation for the critical formative years of Caswell children. Healthcare: Compassion Health Care (Caswell Family Medical Center) and Piedmont Health Services both have partnered with the Chamber of Commerce to provide discounted health care visits for employees of Chamber Member companies. This is not health insurance but does provide employees of Caswell County Chamber Members the opportunity to visit the medical center of their choice and receive quality health care at a reduced rate. Towns of Yanceyville & Milton and the County Partnership Based on conversations with long time members in the community, the work these groups are doing together to better serve the citizens of the towns and the county have been moving more smoothly in the past few years than ever before. The evidence is showing up in the projects and positive vibe among the community. Digital/Online Presence Partnerships Caswell County, The Towns of Yanceyville and Milton, Caswell Economic Development and the Caswell Chamber all partnered together developing a digital communications plan for the county. Because of the collaboration, a grant was awarded and websites are being built for each of the groups that form the communications infrastructure that the county needs to grow in various ways. As the final details are being completed now, all the new sites should be live in the near future. CaswellCares.com is another element of the digital infrastructure. It is a project of the Compassion Health Care that provides updated information on various programs and resources to all of the residents of Caswell. The community is invited to include their information here to share as well. The Caswell County Chamber of Commerce partners with its member organizations as well as the community at large to include the county and towns of Yanceyville and Milton in sharing commerce opportunities and ways to market and grow the local business community both digitally and via traditional marketing means. Working as a partner on various county committees, the Health Collaborative, collaboration with other area nonprofits, and The Caswell Messenger, the Chamber strives to connect the commerce of area while also encouraging a positive outlook on all things Caswell.



CoSquare Shared Workspace Shared workspaces (coworking spaces) are workstations rented by remote employees, entrepreneurs, freelancers, gig workers, consultants, and anyone else who may not have a central office. With the new CoSquare space, our community is leading the way among rural areas in having the foresight to provide a facility like this for citizens. This project is the result of the county and the Town of Yanceyville working together with others in the community to make this a reality. The facility has already become the new home for several organizations as well as numerous individuals that are benefiting from the shared workspace. Center for Education and Agriculture Development (CEAD) The Center for Educational and Agricultural Development (CEAD) is the future home of Piedmont Community College’s (PCC) Agribusiness Technology Program and a center for economic development in Caswell County. The campus will be located in Pelham, NC and include agricultural education, economic development, and community resources. A food hub, an incubator farm, and food retail opportunities will build opportunity for Caswell County farmers and food entrepreneurs. Educational opportunities through PCC and Cooperative Extension will focus on food and farm initiatives, while community facilities will encourage community health and wellness. The combination of these elements are designed not only to promote Caswell’s farm community but also to drive economic development that attracts new investments, builds new jobs in Caswell, and expands the county’s community and economic opportunities. A groundbreaking will be held in April once a designer is selected to work on the 79-acre site that is expected to include a 15,000 square foot educational building including emergency shelter; a 6,000 square foot food hub; and a 10-12 acre incubator farm. THE CASWELL CHAPTER OF THE HEALTH COLLABORATIVE (CCTHC) PARTNERSHIPS:

A group of Caswell professionals from different sectors came together to address our county’s health challenges because the challenges faced in Caswell are too complex for any one organization to tackle alone. Together the shared goals, strategies and actionable steps that are sustainable and can positively influence the health behaviors and outcomes of Caswell residents. County & town employees, representatives from area churches, Piedmont Community College, the Caswell County Chamber of Commerce and small business owners among others representing our diverse community are involved. Community members are invited to be a part of this. Following are several of the key areas where CCTCH is working: Healthy Eating:

• Food Insecurity Response Coordinator: CCTHC, Caswell Parish, County Outreach Ministries, Locust Hill UMC, Shady Grove UMC, and the Caswell County Health Department, with support from Compassion Health Care and The Community Foundation have hired a Food Insecurity Response Coordinator that works with each of the food pantries and other local partners to expand sustainable access to food for community members experiencing food insecurity. • Grocery Delivery: Caswell Senior Services, Food Lion, PTRC’s Workforce Development Board, NextGen Youth Programs, and CCTHC are working together to create opportunities that provide valuable workforce training for Caswell residents ages 16-24 and a local grocery delivery option for those residents 55 and older who may be highrisk for COVID-19 or face transportation barriers. CASWELL | DISCOVER MAGAZINE | 17


Healthy Spaces: • Youth Opportunities: Numerous youth serving agencies in Caswell, Rockingham, Alamance, and Danville have been a part of ongoing CCTHC conversations with local community members, faith-based organizations, and other civic groups to identify and promote ways the community can best support students, families, and educators during the upheaval created by the pandemic. In addition to working with local youth 12-19 to develop a Caswell Youth Council to guide the development and promotion of local youth programming, the group is working to connect interested partners with the support needed to develop tutoring programs and public WiFi access points. This work is done as part of the Health Department’s Community Health Improvement Plan. Active Living: • Trails: The Caswell Chamber of Commerce, Piedmont Community College, Caswell County Planning Department, the Town of Yanceyville, Piedmont Legacy Trails, PTRC, CCTHC, and a number of local community members have been working to maintain and promote the existing trails in Yanceyville. Leadership and Capacity Building • Measuring Impact: As the community embraces cross-sector collaborative efforts and building upon our existing assets, many Caswell County partners have chosen to measure long-term success and impact according to a Rural Wealth Building Community Capitals Framework. This considers indicators aligned with the following pertinent capitals: Natural, Cultural, Social, Human, Political, Financial, and Built. They are working with The Health Collaborative, the Danville Regional Foundation, and other partners in the Dan River Region to explore the possibility of creating a regional data repository and dashboard similar to spokanetrends.org. • Caswell Community Impact Projects: CCTHC and its partners, with the support of the Blue Cross NC Foundation, teamed up with Middle Border Forward to award ten Community Impact Awards of $1,000 each for community members to implement local projects that provided ways for community members to work together to improve the health and wellbeing of Caswell County. Visit MiddleBorderForward.org for details.

As you can see, despite the pandemic, the work to make Caswell County a great place to live, play and earn a living has continued forward with even more excitement building as key projects are now in full motion. It is a good time to be in Caswell and if we can continue our momentum and respect for each other as we continue to work together, move through the challenges and embrace upcoming opportunities, we will help Caswell continue to be a place where we will all be proud to have our children and grandchildren call home. Information compiled by the Caswell County Economic Development Department, Caswell County Chapter of the Health Collaborative and The Caswell County Chamber of Commerce. ///


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aswell Mercantile opened its doors on Thursday, Feb.

they reopen, after renovations are complete. Plans are subject

25, just in time for customers to stock up on their fresh

to change.

spring seeds. The business is located in the former

Susan Long cautions customers to not get alarmed by shelves

location of W.H. Hooper & Son at 110 Main Street, Yanceyville

not being fully stocked right now. “Since we renovating in a

(across from CoSquare).

few months, we wanted to hold off on fully stocking. Plus, we

A group of friends and Caswell County natives,  including

are still in the planning stages of nailing down everything we

Jerry and Jenny Potter, Jennifer Hodges, and Susan and Stacey

want to feature. Products from local artisans and growers will be

Long had been interested in doing a joint project together for

coming soon.”

some time. After the sad passing of Mike Hooper last year, the

Jerry Potter adds that they are open to suggestions from

building was available for sale. They purchased the store and its

customers about what they would like to see in the store when

remaining stock and have been hard at work,cleaning, painting

it’s fully stocked. “This is a new experience for us so we’re open

and restocking.

to a lot of things such as home goods, quality-handcrafted

Stacey Long explains that they are working with a limited

items, plants, locally grown foods, etc. We want to showcase

inventory for the time being and offering this soft opening

the talents in our community and be an outlet for local artisans,

February 25 so customers can get their spring seeds in time for

crafters, and producers.”

planting. “Right now our primary focus is on fresh spring seeds,

He adds that everything will be high quality merchandise

gardening supplies and accessories, plus other items such as

American made, where possible,  and offered at  fair prices.

garden flags or spring seasonal merchandise.”

“We’re different and want to offer  something fresh and

The first week of operations was fun for customers who could register for door prizes Thursday – Saturday with prizes awarded Saturday before closing time. Jerry Potter shares, “We have a lot of discontinued merchandise that will be offered at clearance prices.”

new to the community. We invite everyone to come by and see what we’re all about.” Stacey Long points out that all of them are from around Caswell County and want to give back to the community. “We’d also love to bring things back here. All of us hear people talk

Around the end of June, the store will temporarily close for

about the old days and how the downtown was booming. We’d

renovations. A grand opening will be held late summer when

love to see that come back. We want to become a destination


Shown above, Jerry and Jenny Potter, Jennifer Hodges, and Susan and Stacey Long invite all to Caswell Mercantile. Photo by Debra Ferrell. where people can visit during an outing to Yanceyville and the surrounding area.” For a number of years, W. H. Hooper & Son has been a vital

only such as many of the stores are nowadays. Susan Long shares that they hope to reach out and find ways to help the community.

part of downtown Yanceyville where loyal customers knew they

When the store reopens late summer, they will be carrying

could count on finding what they needed. Caswell Mercantile

a variety of supplies for hunting, fishing, gardening,

aims to continue this tradition. Jerry Potter says they have talked to Chuck Hooper about the history of the business and what it meant to the area. Jennifer Hodges adds that she hopes Caswell Mercantile will revitalize the area. “I think most of us want our kids to have somewhere to go and not have to go somewhere else. Kids need something to do to keep them in the county. We want to appeal to all groups.”

pet supplies, locally-made products, plus much more! Store hours are Tuesday – Friday 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Call 336-694-4802 or visit  www.caswellmercantile.  for more information.  Payment is accepted through cash, credit cards, and electronic payments.

The group points out that they’re a bit of a rarity in today’s

They will be accepting special orders for customers.

world…a brick and mortar store as opposed to being online

Curbside service will be available in the future. /// CASWELL | DISCOVER MAGAZINE | 21

Planning A Day Trip To Milton By Karen Williamson


o take full advantage of and enjoy the Town of Milton, a little time spent planning an itinerary to visit this historic will go a long way.

seen from the north bound side of the bridge that spans the river.

Incorporated on December 23, 1796, the Town of Milton,

The Thomas Day House/Union Tavern is located at 148

NC is a north central border town located near the banks of

Broad Street. This historic building was designated as a

At the present time, there is no public access to the train depot. Both of these attractions are available to see daily.

the Dan River. This beautiful historic

National Historic Site by the National

town has much to offer and a lot to see.

Park Service in 1976 and has a number of

To take full advantage of an excursion

authentic furniture pieces on display that

around Milton, a little pre-planning for

were made by Thomas Day. A replica

an enjoyable day trip will take you a

of his workbench and tools are also on

long way to experiencing the history

display. This is a hands-on exhibit and

and activities available.

visitors are encouraged to try their hand

If you are interested in genealogy

at using these tools. To schedule your

research or enjoy Civil War history, put

visit to the Thomas Day House/Union

Cedars Cemetery on your itinerary. This

Tavern, please call (336) 234-0030.

historic burial site is not only the final

Leave a voicemail message and one

resting spot of many native Miltonians,

of the docents will return your call to

but it has an unmarked, mass grave of

schedule your visit.

deceased soldiers from both the Union

If you are interested in learning about

and Confederate armies from the Civil

the overall history of Milton, head on

War. Soldiers that were transported by

over to the Milton Renaissance Museum

train from Keysville, VA to the hospital in

located at 169 Broad Street. This

Danville to be treated for their war wounds, died

building not only houses many artifacts associated with Milton,

along the way, their bodies were placed in the mass grave in

but it also has a quirky room that is fun to see. Hint: it’s a “vault.”

this cemetery. Cedars Cemetery is located on the south bound

To schedule a tour, contact the curator, Angela Daniel-Upchurch

side of Broad Street on the edge of town near the Dan River. The

at (336) 583-8203.

old train depot where the deceased soldiers were left can be


The Milton Mural is a public art piece that depicts events and

people that are important legacies in this area. The painting portrays George Washington’s Southern Tour of 1791; Jesse Holmes the Fool Killer of the 1800’s; and Henrietta Jeffries the midwife from the 1900’s. The artist, George Bucky Buchman, painted this mural on the north side of Commercial Row on Broad Street. If you are hungry, you have two restaurant options. Next to the mural at 223 Broad Street is Milltown Eatery & Saloon. They are open for dinner service Wednesday-Saturday and can be reached at (336) 654-4040 for operating hours, take-out orders or to make reservations. Aunt Millie’s Pizza Subs and Suds is located at 249 Broad Street on the opposite end of Commercial Row from the mural. This eatery is open daily for lunch and dinner, and can be reached at (336) 234-0240 for operating hours. For your shopping pleasure, the Carolina Vintage Company and Aunt Millie’s Antiques will satisfy this need. Carolina Vintage is owned and operated by Hosanna Blanchard. Her one-of-akind, upcycled items that include her handmade jewelry, are must have keepsakes. Call her at (434) 728-5115 for operating hours or to schedule an appointment. To gain access to the antique store, call the phone number listed for Aunt Millie’s Pizza to schedule an appointment. They will be happy to open the store for you. If touring art galleries is your thing, the Milton Studio Art Gallery represents over 60 artisans from North Carolina and Virginia in a wide variety of mediums, techniques and subject matter. Shirley Cadmus, the owner of the arwt gallery, can be reached at (434) 713-1783. You can schedule a gallery tour and inquire about operating hours. As you can see, the Historic Town of Milton has a lot to offer visitors. Throughout the year, Milton hosts a few celebratory special events. When this happens, the local merchants are open in conjunction with the event to accommodate the visitors. Otherwise, the proud merchants, proprietors and officials encourage you to plan your visit accordingly to make the most out of your day trip. We welcome you to our Historic Town of Milton. ///

Shown on opposite page, historic marker in front of the Thomas Day House. Pictured above, Twinkle RichmondGraves, a docent of the Thomas Day House, shows off one of the furniture pieces on display. Photos by Karen Williamson.

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Saturdays & Sundays 1-3 Please Contact by Calling or Texting 336-583-8203 Or by Emailing miltonrenaissance@gmail.com To Confirm These Hours or Schedule Another Time Preserving and Communicating the Historical Narrative of the 1796 Town of Milton through Display & Cultural Programming


Veterans Memorial dedication held in Caswell County


Pictured above: (Top) Six marines from Marine Corps League Detachment 1209 out of Burlington gave a 21 gun salute. (Middle) From left, VFW Post 7316 and American Legion Post 210 member Earl Jeffreys, committee member Sallie Smith, NC Sen. Phil Berger, committee co chair Fred Smith, Sec. Larry Hall, and VFW Post 7316 member Keith Newcomer cut the ribbon at the dedication. (Bottom) The Veterans Memorial in Yanceyville is a beautiful and peaceful place to come to reflect on those who have lost their lives in past military service. Photos by Debra Ferrell.


By Debra Ferrell

eterans Day on November 11, 2020 was a special day in Caswell County as more than 200 citizens gathered (in the rain) at the amphitheater in front of Yanceyville Municipal Building for the long-awaited dedication ceremony of the new Veterans Memorial. Committee co chair Fred Smith kicked things off with a short but sweet sentence, “We’re here to share the joy.” Smith thanked the many people who have donated to the fund to build the memorial that honors 70 veterans in various branches of the military. He pointed out that no tax dollars have been used. The committee is still taking donations that will pay for its upkeep. The project to build the memorial has been going on for over six years. The vision for a Caswell County Veterans Memorial was first suggested by Mayor Curtis Davis in December of 2013. Fundraising began in May of 2017 with the committee holding the first official meeting in March of 2016. In May of 2017 a goal of $175,000.00 was set. “We met that goal in the spring of 2020 and then raised the goal to $190,000: the extra money raised will be used for the upkeep of the Memorial for many years to come,” said Smith. NC Senator Phil Berger stressed that veterans gave up everything for the country and us. Many lost their lives in the process. “We salute them for fighting for our freedom away from home…far off.” He reminded everyone to hold leaders accountable and to teach their children what it means to be an American.

“Veterans know better than anyone else the price of freedom – President Ronald Reagan,” he said in closing. Larry Hall, Secretary of NC Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, spoke of veterans being part of a family who always hoped to return home to bring their values back to the community. He spoke briefly of the issues many veterans face today. “The biggest challenge is finding vets to help. Most don’t want a handout. Earned, not given.” The reading of all the names etched in the wall was offered by local ladies on the committee who did the research for all names. Naomi Totten offered a moving rendition of the National Anthem to kick off the ceremony and at the end, six marines from Marine Corps League Detachment 1209 out of Burlington fired a three round volley. Brandon Smith played taps. Pastor Claude Walker presented the closing prayer and Pastor Jimmy Davis offered the opening prayer. “This is now a special place for everyone to visit, sit awhile, and read all the 70 names, maybe say a prayer… and we all hope there will be no more names ever added,” said Smith. “Thanks to all who donated and had a part in this project; all residents of Caswell County should be proud.” The ceremony was live streamed by Don Tate and is available on his Facebook page. The sound system was operated by Rodney Smith and Chad Smith. ///

Town of Yanceyville “Tradition with Vision”

Municipal Services Information

Council Members

158 East Church Street | Yanceyville, NC 27379

Phone 336-694-5431 | Fax 336-694-1499 | www.yanceyvillenc. gov Mayor Alvin Foster

Mayor Pro Tem Odessa Gwynn

Town Manager Brian Collie

Councilwoman Councilman Margie Brian Massey Badgett-Lampkin

townmanager@yanceyvillenc.gov 336-694-5431

Councilman Keith Tatum

Council Meetings Take place in the Municipal Services Building on the first Tuesday of each month at 7:00pm

Customer Service Information Any Customer Service Information requests, including Water Bill payments, can be made in the front lobby of the Municipal Services Building, Monday through Friday 8:30am to 5:00pm.

Whisker’s Stitching Opens to Huge Crowd in Yanceyville By Debra Ferrell


he Grand Opening of Whisker’s Stitching was held on Monday, Mar.1, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., at its location at 38 Main Street West, Yanceyville.

at a church in East Bend where some ladies at the church had a

Cable television celebrity Tim Smith of the popular

Once Jimmy became pastor at Yanceyville Presbyterian,

“Moonshiners” made a special appearance offering autographs

the church allowed her to use the fellowship hall to work on

and photos to visitors. He also handed out free bottles of hand

her sewing projects. “Jimmy’s church was kind enough to let

sanitizer. Smith is the Fire Chief of the Climax Volunteer Fire

me sew there until we located this vacancy. We’ve been busy

Department in Chatham Virginia.

with remodeling and Jimmy has a second office set up here

Central Caswell Ruritan Club served sack lunches made up

quilting circle. She started going to Thread Bear Quilt Shop in Walnut Cove where her skills were further enhanced.

alongside me,” she explains.

of two hot dogs, chips, a cookie, and a water for $5. Everyone

She initially made a quilt that was a fundraiser for Veterans

was raving about the tasty homecooked fixin’s especially

of Foreign Wars Post 7316. Kelly has since made a second

the coleslaw.

fundraising quilt with raffle tickets for sale right now.

There were drawings for free embroidering and facemasks. “Come see what we have to offer,” invites owner/operator Kelly Davis. Tours of the building were also provided.

“It takes me from three to six months to make a quilt and I have two orders so I’m pretty tied up with quilt making for a while. Other projects can be done typically between seven to ten days.”

At the store, she makes quilts as well as baby blankets, aprons,

Kelly had been mostly working on quilts when the pandemic

tablecloths and runners, faces masks, napkins, mats, and more.

struck last year. She purchased a machine to make face masks

Embroidery is available with no minimum or maximum number

on and been quite busy with that ever since. She also bought a

of items needed for purchase.

machine to do embroidery on hats, facemasks and shirts.

Brenda Crews and Sharon Yarbrough often volunteer their services. “They like to sew. It helps out a lot,” says Kelly.

Check out the website at www.whiskersstitching.com to buy items. The Facebook page is doing very well at bringing in new

Kelly and her husband, Rev. Jimmy Davis, who is pastor at

sales. Payment is accepted with cash, check or credit card. In-

Yanceyville Presbyterian Church, as well as president of James

stock items can ship the same day unless she needs seven to

E. Davis, Consulting Group, LLC out of Danville, operate their

ten days for production and shipping. All products are sanitized

businesses out of the store which is a former location of Caswell

with Lysol before the sale or packaging

Insurance and prior to that a library and even a medical office with dental on one side and medical on the other.

A variety of patterns and fabrics are available. “I find working with the fabric lines relaxing and soothing although it wasn’t

Kelly started quilting in 2010 because she wanted to learn

always that way. It was a challenge and quite stressful in the

how to use her sewing machine. Jimmy was a pastor at the time

beginning when I started out,” she says. “I foresee face masks


Picture Above: (Top) Central Caswell Ruritan Club held a hot dog bag lunch fundraiser out front of the new shop on Main Street West in Yanceyville. Hot dogs featured homemade fixin’s as well as cookies, chips, and a bottle of water. From left, Brenda Crews, Sharon Yarbrough, Earl Crews, Wayne Yarbrough, and Barbara Marley. (Bottom) The March 1 Grand Opening of Whisker’s Stitching was a fun-filled day of the community seeing old friends after a year of being confined due to COVID-19 restrictions. Caswell County Commissioner Steve Oestreicher (left) and Caswell County Commissioner Rick McVey enjoyed meeting special guest Tim Smith and finding out first hand knowledge of the moonshine business. Photos by Debra Ferrell. CASWELL | DISCOVER MAGAZINE | 27

Shown above, Tim Smith, star of cable television’s popular long-running series “Moonshiners” enjoyed talking to Yanceyville resident Ray McGuire about the “old days” in Caswell County. Photo by Debra Ferrell.

being with us at least a couple of years for everyone. Many

aspects from addressing, hiring of staff, overseeing the mapping

people will continue to wear them throughout their lifetime.”

process, road names, building a new 911 Center with their first

Jimmy Davis is a man of many talents who enjoys using his wide range of friends and contacts to spread the word of his wife’s business. His main headquarters for his business is in Danville, but he enjoys working out of his second office at Whisker’s Stitching where he can help his wife as needed. On his website, you learn that he has over 38 years of experience in public safety. He started his career with the City

new county-wide VHF simulcast radio system. This just scratches the surface of his wide array of skills and experience. At James E. Davis, Consulting Group LLC, he provides consulting services for public safety groups, churches, local government, and more. He also works with Virginia community on Emergency Preparedness.

of Danville, VA Fire Department in 1981 as Fire Dispatcher. He

“I’m pleased that Kelly can offer her services here locally in

transferred to the City Police Department in November 1981 as

Yanceyville. We want to help preserve the history of Caswell at

a Public Safety Telecommunicator. Dispatching all emergency

the office and be a presence in the county,” he says.

services for the City of Danville, he was promoted to Patrol

The couple has tastefully remodeled the building they’re

Officer in June 1988 and rose to the ranks of Lieutenant of

leasing and showcase beautiful paintings and photos of the

Services Division before leaving to accept a new position in

county’s history.

April 1995 with Pittsylvania County, VA. Jimmy was hired as its first Communications Manager and started their E-911 System from the ground up. This included all 28 | DISCOVER MAGAZINE | CASWELL

Hours: Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.; and by appointment. Call 434-203-0978 for more information. ///

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