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Roxboro, the county seat of Person County in North Carolina, boasts a rich history and dynamic development. With a population of 8,134 as of the 2020 census, Roxboro draws its name from the Scottish town of Roxborough, despite a slight difference in spelling, and was previously known as “Mocassin Gap” before its official incorporation on January 9, 1855. This city stands as the sole municipality in Person County.

Since 1995, Roxboro has actively participated in the North Carolina Main Street Program, earning National Accreditation status. The program, focused on economic development through historic preservation, has evolved over the years. The Uptown Roxboro Program Manager now serves as a full-time employee of the City’s Planning and Development Department and director for the 501(c)3 non-profit, Uptown Roxboro Group (URG).

Collaboration between the City of Roxboro and URG is geared towards achieving economic development through historic preservation in Uptown Roxboro. Utilizing the Main Street Four-Point Approach® to revitalization, the emphasis is on organization, promotion, design, and economic restructuring. This collaborative effort has grown from a small non-profit agency to a hybrid program.

The community actively involves local businesses, property owners, residents, volunteers, City Council, and the URG Board of Directors. Uptown Roxboro has become a center for community celebration, featuring family-owned businesses, annual events, parades, and upper-floor residential units designed for young professionals.

Uptown Roxboro, with its beautiful, tree-lined streets, is described as a place to experience the art of living. Thanks to the guidance and support of various stakeholders, Roxboro has achieved National Accreditation status in the North Carolina Main Street Program, signifying its commitment to economic development and historic preservation.


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