New Historical Ornament Available

The Society’s 2019 limited-addition ornament is now available and will be for sale starting September 28 at the Harvest Festival in South Boston. The ornament, of which only 100 are offered for sale, features the 1930 Virgilina, Virginia Volunteer Fire Department truck that was donated to the fledgling department in mid-1951 by the Hillandale, Maryland Fire Department.

In the Spring of 1951, three fires within a month destroyed approximately one-third of Virgilina’s businesses. Because the small town had no fire-fighting equipment and responding fire trucks from surrounding areas arrived too late to prevent the fires, the buildings burned to the ground. The fire chief in Hillandale, Maryland, saw the story in The Washington Daily News and members of his fire department decided to give a 1930 fire truck to Virgilina. Community members travelled to Maryland and brought the truck to Virgilina. Later, when the department updated its equipment, the old truck was sold, but today it is home again in Virgilina.

The Society began the ornament series in 2005. There are a few ornaments remaining from previous years.

Renovations Begin on Chaffin House

The Chaffin House will soon get a more polished look! Plans are in the making to raise funds to help start several exterior projects such as painting, new shutters and additional landscaping. A new heating and air conditioning system has been installed and shrubbery and trees pruned. The board can use more manpower as they remove shutters and paint inside. If you’d like to volunteer your time or make a donation to help with these needs, please contact a member of the board (listed in the site).

Annual Membership Drive

Annual Membership Drive

The Halifax County Historical Society invites you to become a member for the upcoming year. The Society’s mission is to bring together those interested in preserving historical facts, artifacts, and structures in our county. Members receive the quarterly Bulletin, a publication having articles and information pertaining to historic events, sites, and happenings. The Society sponsors lectures and activities relating to history and preservation and publish various books and other materials from court records, family papers, and other sources.

Newly Added National Register Property

Newly Added National Register Property

The Vaughan House, a handsome circa 1888 Italianate style, two-story residence located on Washington Avenue in the South Boston Historic District, has recently been named to the National Register of Historic Houses. Listed in the Virginia Registry of Historic Places in 2018, the National Register designation brings the number of state and national listings of historically significant properties in Halifax County, Virginia to thirty-six. The National Park Service, a division of the U. S. Department of the Interior, bestowed the honor recognizing the historic character and integrity of this property. An article describing the Vaughan House is featured on this website’s Historic Property’s section.