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-Cicero, 46 B.C.

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Mission Statement
    To preserve historical information for dissemination to the public, to help individuals who wish to preserve historic structures, and to present programs and exhibits of historic value to the public.

Saving the Century Cotton Mills Tower

The Board for the Halifax County Historical Society voted to help save the tower of the former Century Cotton Mills.

The South Boston Town Council has given the Society 90 days (November 15, 2015-Feburary 15, 2016) to see if it can raise $32,000 to repair and stabilize the early-1900s tower. This tower represents part of one of the early industries in the town of South Boston.

By 1907 the mill was one of the larger establishments in the county employing over one hundred twenty-five workers. Under the leadership of the McCanless family - Napoleon B. McCanless, president of the company, and his son William Adolphus McCanless, vice president in 1914 - the company built a new power plant and a 130-foot-tall smokestack in the 1930s. White bricks were built into the smokestack to spell “Halifax Damask,” a reference to the damask tablecloths that became the mill's signature product beginning in 1927. In the early - 2000s the factory was demolished and only the tower and smokestack remain. Due to major structural problems the smokestack cannot be saved but the tower can with help from members of the community.

Please consider a donation, remembering no gift is too small. Donations may be sent to the Halifax County Historical Society, P. O. Box 601, South Boston, Virginia 24592. Checks will be held and if sufficient funds are not raised, checks will be returned to donors. Please remember small donations add up. The Society asks those who believe in preservation of historic structures to help. For more information contact Barbara Bass at 434-753-2137 or at Deadline is February 15, 2016.
Cotton Mill

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Crossing print by Wayne Feamster, 350-limited edition
18 inches by 21 inches. Cost $100.00 (includes shipping)

Major General Nathanael Greene Saves The Army
Halifax County Virginia, February 14, 1781 by Werner Willis,
21 inches by 18 inches (Click image for larger size).
Limited edition of 100. Cost $35.00 (includes shipping)
Golden Leaf
The Golden Leaf by Barbara Bass.


233rd Commemoration of the Crossing of the Dan
The 233rd Commemoration of the Crossing of the Dan (River) in Halifax County during the American Revolution will be held in February 2014. Free public events are planned for Thursday night, February 20th and Saturday morning, February 22nd 2014, at The Prizery, local community arts center, located at 700 Bruce Street, South Boston, Virginia.

See photos here.

February 24, 2014 - Lecture: Murder in Lexington
The Historical Society is joining with the Sons of the Confederacy to sponsor author Dan Morrow as a speaker for Monday, February 24th. He will be speaking on his book Murder in Lexington. The meeting will be held at the Spare Times Grill Located in the World of Sports Complex, 2030 Bill Tuck Highway, South Boston, Va 24592. Dinner (from the menu) will be at 6 p.m. for those wanting to join us. Otherwise the program will begin at 7 p.m.

Crossing Receives "National Historic Event" Status
The Crossing of the Dan, a nearly forgotten episode of the American Revolution that occurred at South Boston, Virginia, has just received recognition by the National Society Sons of the American Revolution as a major historic event.

Realizing the Revolution - Art from and about the American Revolution. Join the Society and the local Berryman Green Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution September 13, 2012 - (2 - 3 p.m.) at the Chastain Theatre   Read more . . .

Annual Meeting   October 14, 2012 at 2 p.m. at the Halifax County Court House. Dr. Richard Guy Wilson, Commonwealth Professor's Chair in Architectural History at the University of Virginia, will speak on the work of the Dabney Cosby family.

The Halifax County Historical Society is planning an “Heirlooms and Antiques Auction” on Saturday, Nov. 3.  Read more . . .

231st Anniversary Crossing of the Dan Commemoration

February 16 & 18, 2012

Berryman Green Chapter of the Virginia DAR, Dan River Chapter of the Virginia Society, SAR, Halifax County Historical Society, and Halifax County Middle School are co-hosting the 231st Anniversary Commemoration of the Crossing of the Dan (River) in Virginia during the American Revolution and invite you to attend and participate. Free public events are planned for Thursday night, February 16th and Saturday morning, February 18th, 2012, at The Prizery, the community and arts center, located at 700 Bruce Street, South Boston, Virginia. (Link to more details and lunch reservation form.)

Picture Postcards of the Past and Historical Notes of Halifax County, Virginia by Barbara Bass

This book presents over 225 postcards from Halifax, South Boston, Clover, Scottsburg, Virgilina, cluster Springs, and other areas of the county. In addition, historic notes have been included at the bottom of each page. Read more . . .

The Golden Leaf
by Barbara Bass.

This book tells the history of tobacco in Halifax County and Virginia. It also tells the story of the National Tobacco Festivals held here from 1935 through 1941. Read more . . .

Mid Life • Mid Century • Mid South by Virginia Ford Zenke.

This book is the events and happenings of a souther girl who spent many happy and interesting years working with beautiful furniture and nice people. Read more . . .

Booboo’s Hundred Years — Life on Brooklyn Road in Halifax County, Virginia    by Sam Barnes, coauthor.
Read more . . .

The Crossing of the Dan permanent exhibit opened on July 26, 2008, at The Prizery. Visit weekdays 9 to 5 and on Saturday from 10 to 4.

An Architectural History of Halifax County - This Hardbook will contain approximately 500 pages of illustrations, photos, histories, and guidelines for preserving historic properties. This volume will go on sale during 2009. See Publications for more detail.

History of Halifax - This is a republication of the original two volume hardback by Pocahontas Wight Edmunds and is now available for sale.

The Race to the Dan - "the retreat that rescued the American Revolution", written by Larry Aaron - an educator, historian and a Pittsylvania County resident - on sale now. The author is contributing all proceeds to the the construction and maintenance of The Crossing of the Dan exhibit.

Halifax County Historical Society, P.O. Box 601, South Boston, Virginia 24592

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    The Halifax County Historical Society is a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organization and all gifts are tax-deductable. The Society's mission is to preserve historical information for dissemination to the public, help individuals who wish to preserve historic structures, and present programs and exhibits of historic value to the public.

The Halifax County Historical Society
Barbara Bass, President
Phone: 434-753-2137
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