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“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Halifax County Virginia Historical Markers

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By Bernard Fisher, June 15, 2013
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Virginia (Halifax County), Brookneal — Z-65 — Campbell County / Halifax County
(obverse) Campbell County Area 557 Square Miles Formed in 1781 from Bedford, and named for General William Campbell, hero of the battle of King's Mountain, 1780. Tarleton passed through the county in 1781. The Union General . . . — Map (db m66031) HM
Virginia (Halifax County), Clover — U-53 — Henrietta Lacks(1920-1951)
Born in Roanoke on 1 Aug. 1920, Henrietta Pleasant lived here with relatives after her mother’s 1924 death. She married David Lacks in 1941 and, like many other African Americans, moved to Baltimore, Md. for wartime employment. She died of cervical . . . — Map (db m66026) HM
Virginia (Halifax County), Halifax — R-79 — Green's Folly
Built about 1789 by Captain Berryman Green, a quartermaster in Washington's army at Valley Forge and later a deputy clerk of Halifax County. — Map (db m30971) HM
Virginia (Halifax County), Halifax — Halifax County Confederate Monument
These patriots laid their all upon the altar of their country their valor will ever remain a part of her history This monument is erected by an appreciative people in loving remembrance of the Confederate soldiers of Halifax . . . — Map (db m30976) HM
Virginia (Halifax County), Halifax — Halifax County War Memorial
This monument is dedicated to those from Halifax County who died in American Wars — Map (db m30978) HM
Virginia (Halifax County), Halifax — Halifax Court House"Answering the Call" — Wilson-Kautz Raid —
In June 1864, to deny Gen. Robert E. Lee the use of the South Side R.R. and the Richmond and Danville R.R., Gen. Ulysses S. Grant sent Gen. James H. Wilson and Gen. August V. Kautz south of Petersburg on a cavalry raid to destroy track and rolling . . . — Map (db m30977) HM
Virginia (Halifax County), Halifax — R-77 — History of Halifax
The town of Halifax has been the county seat of Halifax County since 1777. It is named for George Montague, the second Earl of Halifax, an English statesman. Previously this community had been called Banister, Houston, and Halifax Court House. . . . — Map (db m30974) HM
Virginia (Halifax County), Halifax — 33 — Mary M. Bethune High SchoolHalifax, Virginia — Halifax County —
In 1872 the Banister Baptist Association built a private African-American training school in Halifax County. Originally the campus consisted of four wooden buildings and a dormitory. The school year was six months, and the grades went only as . . . — Map (db m30988) HM
Virginia (Halifax County), Halifax — R-80 — Minister Who Married Lincoln
Here lived Rev. Charles A. Dresser, rector of Antrim Parish and builder of St. Mark's Church, 1828. Dresser left this parish in 1835 for Peoria, Illinois, whence he moved to Springfield. There he married Abraham Lincoln to Mary Todd, November 4, . . . — Map (db m30972) HM
Virginia (Halifax County), Nathalie — 32 — Meadville Community CenterVernon Hill, Virginia — Halifax County —
Caleb Robinson was born in Jamaica in 1864 and educated at Virginia Union University in Richmond, Virginia. In 1893 he formed the McKinley Institute on land he purchased in the Meadville section of Halifax County. He imported northern teachers . . . — Map (db m30991) HM
Virginia (Halifax County), Providence — R-78 — Halifax Church
Halifax Church is the oldest Presbyterian church in Halifax County. The Congregation was formed in June, 1830, from Cub Creek Church in Charlotte County. The organizational group included the Reverend Clement Read of Cub Creek and twenty-six local . . . — Map (db m66027) HM
Virginia (Halifax County), Randolph — The Battle of Staunton River Bridge
The Battle of Staunton River Bridge was fought here June 25, 1864 Capt. Benj. L. Farinholt 53rd Va. Inf. with 296 men reinforced by 642 citizens and soldiers from Halifax Charlotte and Mecklenburg counties Virginia Defeated Col. . . . — Map (db m20253) HM
Virginia (Halifax County), Scottsburg — U-50 — Nathaniel Terry's Grave
A short distance south is the grave of Nathaniel Terry, colonial soldier and statesman. Terry served as sheriff of Halifax County, 1752, and captain of Rangers, 1755. He was a member of the House of Burgesses, 1755-1765, 1771-1775, and also sat in . . . — Map (db m66029) HM
Virginia (Halifax County), Scottsburg — U-48 — Staunton River State Park
This park was developed by the National Park Service, Interior Department, through the Civilian Conservation Corps, in conjunction with the Virginia Conservation Commission. It covers 1200 acres and was opened, June 15, 1936. Near by is Occaneechee . . . — Map (db m30994) HM
Virginia (Halifax County), South Boston — UL-2 — Campaign of 1781
Boyd's and Irwin's ferries to the west were used by Nathanael Greene in his passage of Dan River, in mid-February, 1781, while Cornwallis was in close pursuit. Edward Carrington collected the boats for the crossing. — Map (db m30944) HM
Virginia (Halifax County), South Boston — U-47 — Carter's Tavern
Joseph Dodson, Sr., built the smaller section of Carter's Tavern as his dwelling before 1773. His younger son, Joseph Dodson, Jr., operated it as an ordinary early in the 19th century here on River Road, then the principal highway between Halifax . . . — Map (db m66028) HM
Virginia (Halifax County), South Boston — Crossing of the Dan Monument
In honor of those who crossed the Dan here February 13-14 1781 Honoring the citizens of Halifax County who revived Greene's American army In admiration of General Nathaniel Greene's military genius With gratitude to those who fought . . . — Map (db m66064) HM WM
Virginia (Halifax County), South Boston — DAR Memorial Cannon
The Berryman Green Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution donated this memorial cannon in memory of Halifax County patriots who aided Gen. Nathanael Greene's army in crossing the swollen waters of the Dan, February 14, 1781, . . . — Map (db m30953) HM
Virginia (Halifax County), South Boston — 35 — Mizpah ChurchSouth Boston, Virginia — Halifax County —
Many churches in the second half of the 19th century and early part of the 20th century helped fill African Americans’ need for schooling. Frequently the church would raise funds to build the school, with county governments occasionally offering . . . — Map (db m30961) HM
Virginia (Halifax County), South Boston — Retreat to the DanFebruary 1781
You are looking toward a site of American Patriot General Nathanael Greene’s strategic “Retreat to the Dan” which occurred on February 14, 1781. This retreat foiled British General Cornwallis’s southern strategy and was a turning point . . . — Map (db m30951) HM
Virginia (Halifax County), South Boston — 34 — Washington-Coleman Elementary SchoolSouth Boston, Virginia — Halifax County —
Determined to provide elementary education for young African Americans, the Rev. Parham B. Ragland started a school in his backyard some time around 1875. Though the "Backyard School" was private, Rev. Ragland was able to garner financial . . . — Map (db m30970) HM
Virginia (Halifax County), South Boston — U-51 — William Munford Tuck(1896-1983)
William M. Tuck was born near High Hill, Halifax County, Virginia. After service in the U.S. Marine Corps in World War I, he attended the College of William and Mary and earned a law degree from Washington and Lee University. Governor Tuck served . . . — Map (db m30937) HM

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