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.

The celebration starts for school children two weeks earlier on Thursday, February 1, 2018 at The Prizery.  Beginning with an afternoon performance by the Halifax County Middle School’s sixth-grade Crossing Players and Singers, all sixth graders will visit The Prizery for the performance.  After which the winners of the DAR-sponsored essay contest will be recognized.  Parents and the public are invited to attend the evening performance at 6:30 p.m. 

On Saturday, February 17, 10:00 a.m., the Crossing of the Dan Commemoration will feature a wreath presentation ceremony followed by a lecture on the Crossing and Nathanael Greene.  Details will be provided closer to the event.

Weather permitting, guests may walk to the riverside exhibit to view an encampment on the Dan River and a re-enactment of The Crossing.

A Brunswick Stew lunch will be available for $5.00.

Other Activities and Events

Friday, February 16, 2018, 6 p.m.  “Dutch Treat Meet and Greet” Seafood Buffet, Ernie’s Restaurant in South Boston. Reservations not required but prior notice will be appreciated. Contact Anne Raab 434-470-1350 or email her at tsraab@comcast.net.

For Groups Attending the February 17, 2018 event (SAR, DAR, etc.)

Please contact Anne Raab at tsraab@comcast.net or Bernard Baker at bernie.sar@gmail.com:

  • If you are planning to present a wreath on behalf of your chapter organization, please contact Mrs. Raab or Mr. Baker to let her/him know the name of your organization’s chapter and the name and title of the presenter.
  • If you are not presenting a wreath, but intend to bring greetings on behalf of your organization, please provide the same information listed above to Mrs. Raab or Mr. Baker.
  • If you have a color guard that will be attending and/or participating, please provide Mrs. Raab or Mr. Baker with the name and title of color guard and Guard Commander’s name.


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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.