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.
Softbound. Published in December 2009. $15.00 add $3.00 for shipping.
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.
Published in September 2008. Contains over 200 photographs and other images.
Hard bound. 8.5 by 11 inches. 160 pages. Cost is $28.00 (includes shipping).
The Society's Latest Publication
The Society has just published Booboo's Hundred Years-Life on Brooklyn Road in Halifax County, Virginia. Ruby Barnes was born in 1886 and lived to be over 100 years old. She received the nickname "Booboo" from one of her grandchildren who could not pronounce "Granny Ruby."
Ruby Barnes was a great storyteller. Fortunately for her family, she lived long enough for them to realize that her wealth of knowledge and wisdom should be recorded. When in her 90s and blind from cataracts, she began making oral history tapes for the family. They were astounded at the details she recalled from her history. This book is a tribute to her amazing mind.
Sam Barnes, a grandson of Ruby Barnes, typed up copies of the tapes for family and friends. Ginger Gentry, a member of the board, approached Mr. Barnes asking for permission for the Society to publish a first printing on her memoirs. The Society is delighted to share with the public another part of our heritage. This book details life in this area during the late 1800s and 1900s.
Sam Barnes, coauthor of the book, was in the area for two days. Signings were held at the Prizery in South Boston and at Brooklyn Tobacco Factory on River Road. Cost of the book is $20.00 (add $3.50 for shipping and handling). Following the book signings, purchases may be made through the Society or locally at The Prizery and the Peddler's Market in South Boston and at Toots Creek Antiques in Halifax.
The Race to the Dan,
The Retreat That Rescued the American Revolution, by Larry G. Aaron. Published May 2007.
"The Crossing of the Dan was as significant to the southern campaigns as Washington's crossing of the Delaware. In fact, Greene's crossing of the Dan led more quickly to long-term victories than those at Trenton and Princeton. Greene's crossing led to Guilford Courthouse and, six months later, to Yorktown . . ."
- Dr. Lawrence E. Babits, George Washington Distinguished Professor of History, East Carolina University, North Carolina
Proceeds for this publication have been donated by the author to the creation and upkeep of the Crossing of the Dan Exhibit to be housed in The Prizery at South Boston, Virginia.
Price: $18, includes $3 shipping
History of Halifax,
by Pocahontas Wight Edmunds
This two volme set is a republication of the original written nearly 30 years ago. There are nearly 1000 pages of family and home histories, organizations, ferries, bridges, old mills, churches, deeds, and towns. The author recorded about all there was to know about Halifax County at the time of its original publication. This new edition has a 60 page newly edited index.
Price: $46, includes $6 shipping
The Halifax County Historical Society announces the future publication of . . .
An Architectural History of Halifax County, Virginia
Halifax County, formed in 1752 from Lunenburg contains a remarkable history rich in architecture and in tradition. From the Staunton River on the north to the North Carolina line on the south, Halifax County has much to offer its community. Its tobacco heritage includes the first seven National Tobacco Festivals from 1935 through 1941 and the county was once the largest tobacco market in Virginia. Textile mills, churches, and schools helped to shape the area. Several historic districts are now a part of the county with others seeking the same recognition. Small communities sprang up. Some have disappeared but others still play a major role in the county and its history.
The hardbound book will contain:
Approximately 500 pages with illustrations.
An overview of the county's history and architectural development, with a discussion of building forms, traditions, and styles.
An overview of each town's history and architectural development.
Brief histories of past and current communities.
Descriptions and photographs of about 350 important buildings surveyed, including houses, outbuildings, schools, churches, commercial buildings, and bridges.
Guidelines for preserving historic properties.
End notes, bibliography, index, appendix, and glossary with illustrations.
Research for an architectural history of the county was begun in 2005. The progress and fundraising efforts were halted when the Society took on a challenge to produce a permanent exhibit on a very important event that happened in Halifax County during the American Revolution—The Crossing of the Dan in 1781 by General Nathanael Greene and the Southern army being pursued by Lord Cornwallis and the British army. The Society was successful in raising over $350,000 for the exhibit which opened in July of 2008.
A committee is presently working on the Society’s next publication — An Architectural History of Halifax County. Committee members are: Ginger Gentry, Donna Strange, Jane Edmunds, Peggy Hammond, Carol Barber, and Barbara Bass.
Members are covering all parts of the county in order to make sure that as many structures as possible may be included as special architectural features. Later in the fall, look for announcements in the local newspapers on information gathered and public meetings.
This will be a long process but the Society is committed to the project which will share with the community another valuable part of its history.
Tax-deductible contributions to the publication will be recognized in the front of the book; memorials are encouraged. Categories are benefactor, patron, sponsor, and contributor.
In order to make a contribution, please send a check made out to the Halifax County Historical Society, and send with the form below.
Halifax County Historical Society
P. 0. Box 601
South Boston, Virginia 24592
I/We would like to make a tax-deductible contribution.
*Benefactor: $1,000 and above
Check enclosed for $ __________
*includes complimentary copy
City ____________________________ State _____ - Zip __________
For in honor or in memory, please state the name of the person.
The F Company Men of World War II
Halifax County men who served in Company F totaled 94 and involved in D-Day. These are their stories as told by a member of the company. Nine were killed in action, 2 in military accidents and 28 were wounded in action. 8 1/2" X 11"; comb-bound; 205 pages. Price: $30.00
Yesterday - Gone Forever
This is a collection of articles pertaining to history involving Halifax County, Virginia. It has something for everyone. There is a separate section on the History of the court houses, Berry Hill Plantation and the Bruce Family, churches, schools, free blacks and slaves, Revolutionary War and Civil War pensions and depositions, and over 35 families from the area. (containing over 100 photos and maps, with 20 pages of indexing. By Faye Royster Tuck.
A Tribute to Black History in Halifax County by Barbara Bass, soft bound, 32 pages, $4.00
Black History in Virginia, soft bound by Barbara Bass, 37 pages, $4.00
Retreat to the Dan by W. Carroll Headspeth and Sturgeon Compton, $9.00
The Halifax County Historical Society - Bulletins, $3.00 each. See Bulletin articles here.
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