Alamance County, NC land / property history research tips?

Hey all. So I've been learning how to "speak land" and it's fascinating, but I'm somewhat overwhelmed! Pretty interesting thing to look at.

The gist of it is I'm writing a paper about my friend's home, and I wanted to trace its historical records back as far as I can go. I've gone to the deeds office and started finding some names, etc. but it seems like it's a question of finding bits and pieces there; deeds are tied to names and not plats of land from what I can tell, plus Alamance broke off from Orange County in 1849.

Through USGS I've found topographical maps, and I have a general idea of the land area, but historically I'm wondering how I work backward. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated!