Garden Club of VA Features Milton NC Tour, May 3, 2019

Thanks to the Danville Garden Club’s sponsorship, The Garden Club of Virginia is including nearby Milton, NC, as part of its 2019 Historic Garden Week festivities. This is only the second time the state-wide garden tour has featured a site outside of Virginia.  

 Friday, May 3, 2019, the town of Milton will join forces with the Danville Garden Club to show visitors many historic homes, churches and other buildings around the town. Sites will include the Thomas Day House/Union Tavern with Fred Motley posing as Thomas Day, narrating the history behind handsome pieces of furniture as well as architectural elements attributed to Day’s workshop that are found in historic buildings in Milton, other areas of North Carolina, and in many residences in nearby Halifax County. 

 Other sites include the newly renovated North Carolina State Bank now housing pieces of Thomas Day furniture; the Irvine House, Milton Presbyterian Church; Milton Baptist Church, Woodside Inn, and other churches and buildings in the town. Box lunches available and VIR’s Oak Tree Tavern will offer a buffet. 

 The Danville Garden Club will have flower arranging demonstrations at the Milton Woman’s Club. Garden Week Guidebooks describing tours throughout Virginia and Milton can be found in local libraries or by requesting a copy at www.vagardenweek.org

 In 2017 members of the Halifax County Historical Society visited the Thomas Day House/Union Tavern (TDH/UT), heard a presentation by Joe Graves, former president of TDH/UT, and visited the Milton Presbyterian Church to see pews made by former member, Thomas Day.

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 will be featured on this website’s Historic Property’s section in the coming weeks.

New Publication - History Mercy Seat Presbyterian Church 1847 - 1967

New Publication - History Mercy Seat Presbyterian Church 1847 - 1967

The Halifax County Historical Society has reprinted History Mercy Seat Presbyterian Church 1847-1967, written in 1967 by Ruby Barnes, deceased. This 2018 reprint is in its original form. Ruby Barnes is also a coauthor of Booboo’s Hundred Years (Life on Brooklyn Road in Halifax County) published by the Society in 2009.

According to the author “This history of Mercy Seat Church was written entirely from sessional records of the Women of the Church, and of Roanoke Presbytery.  The oldest records have yellowed with age and the writing by hand faded so badly they were hard to decipher. This makes it more necessary for a history, however incomplete, to be preserved for this and future generations.”

This new publication includes the names of charter members, which included five whites and twenty-eight blacks. The book is available for sale at South Boston-Halifax County Visitor Center, South Boston-Halifax County Museum in South Boston, Peddler’s Market in Halifax and in the Store on the Society website

The Society received permission from the family for this printing. The book is soft bound, 36 pages, cost $5.00.

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.