August 1, 2017

Dear Friends:

Berryman Green Chapter, Virginia Daughters of the American Revolution (VADAR), Dan River Chapter, Virginia Society, Sons of the American Revolution (VASSAR), Halifax County Historical Society, Town of South Boston, and Halifax County Middle School are hosting the 237th Anniversary Commemoration of the Crossing of the Dan in historic downtown South Boston, Virginia.  The commemorative events are scheduled for February 16-17, 2018.  Centered around The Prizery, where the Crossing of the Dan Exhibit is open to the public, the celebration will include an evening performance by the Halifax County Middle School Sixth Grade Players and Singers on Thursday, February 8, 2018. All sixth graders will visit The Prizery on Friday, February 9th, when the winners of the DAR sponsored essay contest will be recognized. Saturday’s program on February 17th will feature a wreath presentation ceremony, an encampment on the Dan River, and a re-enactment of The Crossing, weather permitting.

The Crossing of the Dan, a nearly forgotten episode of the American Revolution that occurred at South Boston, Virginia, in 1781, received recognition in September 2013 by the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution as a major (Tier One) historic event.  This action has catapulted what was previously a local commemoration to a national event, and as a result, record numbers of SAR participants attended the 233rd celebration.

 To assure continuation of this nationally recognized event that aided in securing independence for the American colonies and thus hastening the end of the Revolutionary War, I am asking for your financial help.  Times are difficult right now and money is scarce, especially in the school system. The projected cost to transport the students to The Prizery is $700, and the hosting organizations are committed to sharing this expense with Halifax County Middle School. Donations will also be used to fund student awards and to offset expenses associated with guest speakers and the re-enactors who will be camped at the Boyd’s Ferry site on the Dan River. 

 Public admission is not charged to the Crossing of the Dan Commemoration.  We rely solely on voluntary sponsorship.  All sponsors will be listed in the program provided to all guests and allows you to show your support of our community and this annual celebration.   

 As local business owners and historians, you benefit from people attending this event.  Non-Halifax County residents visit the area and enjoy our small town atmosphere, the many places to visit, shop, dine, and sight see. Your contribution will allow this unique celebration to continue.

 Please consider a contribution (please print and complete the Contribution form ), no matter how small (or large).  For additional information or answers to any questions, please contact Anne Raab at 434-470-1350. Thank you. 

 Sincerely,                                                                                  

Anne Raab, Commemorative Events Chairman

Berryman Green Chapter, NSDAR