238th Anniversary Commemoration of THE CROSSING OF THE DAN

238th Anniversary Commemoration of THE CROSSING OF THE DAN

238th Anniversary Commemoration of

THE CROSSING OF THE DAN

Saturday, February 16, 2019

10:00 a.m.

with

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Carole W. Troxler

presenting

“Loyalist in the Southern Back Country”

The Prizery,

Third-Floor Banquet Room

700 Bruce Street, South Boston, VA 24592

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 memberand a former Woodrow Wilson Scholar. She has received numerous book awards including the North Carolina Literary and Historical Association’s Christopher Crittenden Award.

National Register Properties Highlighted

National Register Properties Highlighted

National Register Homes

Currently there are twenty-seven Halifax County properties that have been listed on either or both the Virginia Historic Landmarks Register and the National Register of Historic Places as well as five groups of homes and public buildings designated as “Historic Districts” in Virginia.

One home will be added periodically and will include a detailed description and photographs of the exterior and interior, if available. 

Society Brochure

Society Brochure

The Society has just completed a brochure, now available at the South Boston-Halifax County Visitor Center. In the publication is information about the Society's new "home," the Chaffin House, located at 110 Mountain Road in Halifax. There's also a section to help the public learn how they can help with the many improvements needed to make the Chaffin House a welcoming place to host programs and/or meetings and to house important historical items.

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.