This 9 x 11 full-color, 152-page book published by Preservation Virginia, has been reduced from $60 to $40. (See Publications Section.) Tobacco Barns, Preserving History in the Old Belt, raises awareness of the farm buildings that define the history of tobacco production in a three-county area including Halifax and Pittsylvania counties in Virginia and Caswell County in North Carolina. Over 60 tobacco barns have been preserved thanks to grants through the JTI Leaf Services Mini-Grants Project. This multiple-year project coordinated by Preservation Virginia, involved the Halifax County Historical Society, the Pittsylvania Historical Society and the Caswell County Historical Society. The preface acknowledges these groups and others for their assistance in helping to identify the featured barns.
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).
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.
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.
Cotton Mills Tower Memorial Bricks
The Society recently announced that their annual ornament was the historic Cotton Mills Tower. They almost sold out in 1 day and if you have not purchased your ornament by now, they are essentially gone. No more will be produced. But you have not lost your chance to remember the iconic landmark.