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Person County and Roxboro, NC


Remarkable Reflections
The colors of fall turn Mayo Lake, near Roxboro, into 2,800 acres of fun, bordered by a park that invites camping, walking, canoeing, kayaking, picnicking and fishing. Take the family and build memories to last a lifetime.
Photo credit: Roxboro Area Chamber of Commerce | Ken Martin, Smith’s Photography

Those precious areas that are just outside larger cities offer great benefits of living in the best of all worlds.  Person County, with charming Roxboro as its county seat, offers the perfect combination of a rural lifestyle with a walkable downtown filled with shops and restaurants – a short drive from all the big-city amenities that Raleigh and Durham feature.   

In Roxboro, visit the uptown National Register Historic District, with many buildings dating from before the 20th Century began.  You’ll find authentic soda fountains (try Cole’s Pharmacy for outstanding hotdogs), and one-of-a-kind items for your home, or friends and family.

Entertainment starts at The Kirby Cultural Arts complex, while history can be found throughout the town and at the Person County Museum of History – an eight-building museum campus.  The Dorothy Brooks Doll Gallery is pure fun and nostalgia, while an exhibit dedicated to baseball great Enos Slaughter offers a look back at his best years.  The original office of the area’s “buggy” doctors can be toured, and the Old Tobacco Pack Barn helps visitors discover early agriculture – especially its most successful cash crop in its day.


Aquatic Acrobatics
Hyco Lake, in Person County, is popular for all kinds of water sports, including wakeboarding, a surfboard-like ride over water that can be wild or less so. Person County is full of rural ways to have fun, with big cities nearby.
Photo credit: Roxboro Area Chamber of Commerce | Ken Martin, Smith’s Photography

There are farms for touring, and back roads to explore.  The Person County Farmers Market offers seasonal produce and artisanal delights. Equestrian activities are popular here.  Sunset Ridge Buffalo Farm offers the opportunity to view those giant creatures up close on a covered wagon tour.

Two lakes – Mayo Lake and Hyco Lake – offer outdoor recreation for fishing and boating enthusiasts, and rustic, yet lovely campgrounds dot the lakesides for family getaways. (The name Hyco was shortened from the Native American “hycotaminy” or Great Turkey Buzzard.  You seldom see one of these shy giants today, but when airborne, they are creatures of beauty. Under these waters are more remnants from the past, including a major stagecoach line, mills and lots of farm buildings.

Today, the area offers a retreat for those who celebrate family farms and small town living, yet Durham can be reached in about a half-hour.  Easy access for big city basketball and world-class entertainment, just a short drive from paradise.

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