Roxboro is a rural town north of Durham perfectly positioned to take advantage of the area’s outdoor beauty. Roxboro has the tight-knit feel of a small community with a reasonable proximity to larger cities.
Roxboro real estate includes a mix of rural properties enjoying countryside views and friendly neighborhoods with houses nestled along tree-lined streets. The median home price in Roxboro is well below both state and national averages, making this an affordable place to call home. Most homes in Roxboro are traditional, Colonial or Victorian.
Lifestyle and Attractions
Roxboro has a charming downtown area centering on a courthouse, as Roxboro is the county seat of Person County. With a population of approximately 8,500, Roxboro is a small community known for its exceptional opportunities for outdoor recreation. With Mount Tirzah, Hager’s Mountain and two large lakes in the vicinity, there are plenty of places to explore. Mayo Lake Park is a 120-acre park with a disc golf course and campsites bordering Mayo Lake. Hyco Lake is a 3,750-acre lake that once served as a cooling reservoir, and today provides refreshing waters for a variety of water activities.
Roxboro is part of the Person County Schools system which has 13 schools, seven of which are located in town. Those include North Elementary, North End Elementary, South Elementary, Stories Creek Elementary, Northern Middle, Southern Middle and Person High. The county has four private schools, all of which are in Roxboro, including Person Christian School, Roxboro Christian Academy, Sneed Academy and Zion Christian Academy. Piedmont Community College is located in Roxboro, and residents may access a number of colleges and universities located in nearby cities within the Triangle region.
The Occaneechi and Sappony tribes were the first inhabitants of the region now known as Roxboro. German and English settlers were some of the first Europeans to arrive in the 1770s. In 1791, neighboring Caswell County was divided into two equal squares, one of which eventually became Person County.
The county was named after Revolutionary War General Thomas Person, a generous donor and trustee at the University of North Carolina. Another Revolutionary War general named Stephen Moore had a love for the county, proclaiming it a “Lost Eden”, vowing to return one day and make it his home. He kept his promise, as he built his home on what is now called Mount Tirzah in 1793. His home still exists to this day and belongs to his descendants. The area was known as Moccasin Gap, until it was incorporated as Roxboro in 1855. The J.A. Long family played an important role in the town’s development, investing in the city’s railroad and banking industries in the late 1800s.
Approximate Distance to:
Durham: 30.5 Miles
Raleigh-Durham International Airport: 42.5 Miles
Person Memorial Hospital: 1 Mile
Duke University Hospital: 31 Miles
US-501: Less Than 1 Mile
US-158: Less Than 1 Mile
Map and Points of Interest
Select a Point of Interest and Distance from the search form.