238th Anniversary*
Crossing of the Dan Commemoration

February 16, 2019
10:00 a.m.
Chastain Theatre
The Prizery
700 Bruce Street
South Boston, VA 24592

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Carole W. Troxler


“Loyalist in the Southern Back Country”

Co-Sponsors: Dan River Chapter, Virginia Society, Sons of the American Revolution (VASSAR); Berryman Green Chapter, National Society, Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR); Halifax County Historical Society, and the Town of South Boston, VA.

The events scheduled for February 16, 2019 center around The Prizery, where the Crossing of the Dan Exhibit is open to the public.

On Friday evening, February 15 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.  $17 plus beverage, tax and gratuity. Reservations will be appreciated.  Contact Jeff Myers by February 10, 2019 at 434-655-6137

On Saturday, February 18, 10:00 a.m., The 238th Crossing of the Dan Commemoration will be held in the third-floor Banquet Room at the Prizery, beginning with sponsor greetings, Presentation of the Colors, Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag and special recognition of National and State officers. Dr. Carole Watterson Troxler, Professor Emeriti of History, Elon University, will be the keynote speaker. Her topic will be “Loyalists in the Southern Back Country.”

Dr. Troxler, former professor of history at Elon University, Burlington, NC, is an accomplished scholar who has published extensively about the impact of the American Revolution in the mountains and foot hills of the southern colonies. Her works of non-fiction include The Loyalist Experience in North Carolina; Shuttle and Plow: A History of Alamance County NC; Pyle’s Defeat: Deception at the Race Path and Farming Dissenters: The Regulator Movement in Piedmont North Carolina. She has also written six nonfiction books.

A native of Georgia, Troxler holds a doctorate in history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is a Phi Beta Kappa member and a former Woodrow Wilson Scholar. She has received numerous book awards including the North Carolina Literary and Historical Association’s Christopher Crittenden Award.

Dr. Troxler

Dr. Troxler

11:00 a.m.—March to the Dan River with Wreath Laying Ceremony, Retiring the Colors and Closing Remarks. Also at the River site, will be the Crossing of the River at Boyd’s Ferry, weather permitting, and living history encampments and skirmishes.

12:00 Noon—Brunswick Stew Lunch will be available in the third-floor Banquet Room. $5.00 per person.

Guests are invited to visit the Crossing of the Dan permanent exhibit located on the 3rd floor of the Prizery and the outdoor exhibit on the banks of the Dan River.



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3105 River Road
South Boston, VA

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1130 Bill Tuck Hwy.
South Boston, VA

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1074 Bill Tuck Hwy.
South Boston, VA

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South Boston, VA

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