Place:Purley, Caswell, North Carolina, United States

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NamePurley
TypeInhabited place
Coordinates36.467°N 79.35°W
Located inCaswell, North Carolina, United States
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The Caswell County, North Carolina, community of Purley, along with the communities of Blanche and Providence, makes up Dan River Township. Here is where leaf tobacco was discovered in the 1850s. Tradition relates that the name "Purley" came from the Samuel Satterwhite Harrison House that sat on a hill and was painted a "pearly white" when such a paint scheme was a novelty. This resulted in much comment and the area eventually was named "Purley." Another community landmark is the Purley Store operated by the Pleasant family for over fifty years.

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