237th Anniversary*
Crossing of the Dan Commemoration

February 17, 2018
10 a.m.
Chastain Theatre
The Prizery

*Co-hosted by the Berryman Green Chapter, NSDAR; Dan River Chapter Virginia Society, SAR; Halifax County Historical Society; Town of South Boston and Halifax County Middle School.

The events scheduled for February 16-17, 2018 center around The Prizery, where the Crossing of the Dan Exhibit is open to the public.

On Friday evening, February 16 at 6:00 p.m., there will be a Meet and Greet Seafood Buffet Dinner (Dutch-Treat) at Ernie's Restaurant, 1010 Randolph Boulevard, South Boston, VA  24592.  Reservations will be appreciated.  Please complete and return the Crossing of the Dan Response Form found below this page on the website by February 10, 2018.  Mail to: Jeff Myers, 907 Broad Street, Altavista, VA  24517.

On Saturday, February 17, 10:00 a.m., the Crossing of the Dan Commemoration will include greetings and the presentation of wreaths by SAR, DAR and local officials.  The Master of Ceremonies will be Dr. Phil Williams followed by a lecture by the keynote speaker, Michael Cecere.  Cecere was raised in Maine but moved to Virginia in 1990, where he discovered a passion for American History. Cecere teaches U. S. History at Robert E. Lee High School in Fairfax County, Virginia and at Northern Virginia Community College in Woodbridge, Virginia.  He was recognized by the Virginia Society of the Sons of the American Revolution as their 2005 Outstanding Teacher of the Year and is an avid Revolutionary War re-enactor who gives talks throughout the country on the American Revolution.  He is a former President of the Board of Directors for Historic Dumfries, Virginia, Inc.

Cecere is the author of thirteen books on the American Revolution. His books focus primarily on the role that Virginians played in the Revolution. His seventh book diverged from this and explored the little known role that Maine (which was still claimed by Massachusetts) played in the Revolution. Mr. Cecere’s latest book, entitled, Second to No Man But the Commander-in-Chief: Hugh Mercer, American Patriot, a biography on General Hugh Mercer of Virginia. Cecere’s latest book is The Invasion of Virginia 1781.

                                                                          Michael Cecere

                                                                        Michael Cecere

Following the morning program, guests are invited to visit the permanent exhibit located on the third floor of The Prizery and the outdoor exhibit at the Boyd's Ferry site on the Dan River.  A Brunswick stew lunch will be available for a cost of $5.00.  Weather permitting, a dramatic re-enactment of The Crossing of the Dan by colonial troops will culminate the day's activities.  A replica of a ferry boat will transport troops across the river as muskets and cannons fire.

At the conclusion  of Saturday's events in South Boston, VA the re-enactors will travel to Woodlawn Plantation where they will set up an encampment and participate in Woodlawn Revolutionary War Days on Sunday, February 18, 2018.  Woodlawn will open at 10:00am and close at 4:00pm.  The public is invited to attend with an admission cost of $12.00 per person with children 12 and under free.  Food and beverage will be available for sale on the front lawn from 11:00am until 2:00pm.   The plantation is located at 6011 Clover Road, Clover, VA  24534.  For information on Woodlawn, visit  http://www.oldhalifax.com/county/Woodlawn.htm   http://oldhalifax.com/county/woodlawn.htm

All activities with the Halifax County Middle School Sixth Grade will take place at the end of February at The Prizery.  More details will follow at a later date.

 

Accommodations:

Berry Hill
3105 River Road
South Boston, VA
434-517-7000

Fairfield Inn & Suites
1130 Bill Tuck Hwy.
South Boston, VA
434-575-6000

Holiday Inn Express
1074 Bill Tuck Hwy.
South Boston, VA
434-575-4000

Super Eight Motel
1040 Bill Tuck Hwy.
South Boston, VA
434-572-8868

Specify “Crossing of the Dan Commemoration” when making reservations.

 
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2017 SPEAKER :
Dan mcmichael

 

Dan McMichael, portraying General Nathanael Greene, grew up in the 1950’s and 1960’s watching the Wonderful World of Disney adventures with Daniel Boone, the Swamp Fox, Davy Crockett and Zorro. Visiting historic sites such as Williamsburg and Jamestown, where history came alive for him, continued his thirst for information about the nation’s past. After starting a family, McMichael was again exposed to living history, employed as a Park Ranger then Park Superintendent at Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites. After discovering just how much enjoyment a person can garner from bringing history alive, he began performing in various living history programs. He has portrayed pre- and post-American Revolutionary periods, but in the last ten years, has concentrated on actual wartime portrayals as the famous General Nathanael Greene.