Historical Markers and War Memorials in Halifax County, Virginia
Halifax is the county seat for Halifax County
Adjacent to Halifax County, Virginia
Campbell County(22) ► Charlotte County(49) ► Mecklenburg County(39) ► Pittsylvania County(24) ► Caswell County, North Carolina(41) ► Granville County, North Carolina(32) ► Person County, North Carolina(26) ►
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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
Pittsylvania County. Area 1,015 square miles. Formed in 1766 from Halifax and named for William Pitt, Earl of Chatham, British statesman. This is the largest county in Virginia. The home of Claude A. Swanson, Governor of . . . — — Map (db m171803) HM
In grateful tribute
Frank Eubank Booker, Jr.
March 15, 1919 - May 18, 1967
Founder & President Booker Grocery Co.
65 S. Main St., Town of Halifax, VA. 1946 - 1967
Halifax County's visionary & Exemplary leader as chairman & . . . — — Map (db m181108) HM WM
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 County who . . . — — Map (db m30976) WM
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 . . . — — Map (db m181120) HM
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
Mountain Road School No. 1 was built around 1919 for Black students in the Halifax, VA, community. Following the closing of the school, the building was used for a variety of purposes before it was remodeled and opened to the public as the . . . — — Map (db m181111) HM
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
The Banister Baptist Association built a private African American training school in 1827, originally consisting of four wooden buildings and a dormitory. The school met only six months of the year and went through ninth grade. Because of . . . — — Map (db m181109) HM
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
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 Hunter was . . . — — Map (db m66031) HM
This tavern, just east of here, was built late in the 18th century on Hickey's Road, laid out in 1749 to link settlements in southwestern Virginia to the Staunton (Roanoke) River. Owned and operated by Thomas DeJarnette and remained in the family . . . — — Map (db m181114) HM
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
The Mead Community Center is the realization of a dream of Caleb Robinson, who imagined an African American gathering place to enhance and educate the community. Professor Robinson was born in Jamaica in 1864 and graduated from Virginia Union . . . — — Map (db m181113) HM
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
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
Col. . . . — — Map (db m20253) HM
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
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
Staunton River State Park, about nine miles southeast of here, opened on 15 June 1936. One of Virginia's six original state parks, it was planned by the Virginia Commission on Conservation and Development in consultation with the National Park . . . — — Map (db m171737) HM
This quiet crossing awaited its place in history.
John Boyd and his family began operations of Boyd's Ferry here in 1749, carrying people, wagons, and supplies across the river on long flatboats. In early 1781, General Nathanael Greene . . . — — Map (db m205833) HM
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
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
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
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
The Americans crossed this river again to face the nation's challenge.
"I have some expectation of collecting a force sufficient in this country to enable me to act offensively and in turn race Lord Cornwallis as he has done me ..." . . . — — Map (db m205843) HM
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 . . . — — Map (db m30961) HM
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, a church would raise funds to build a school, with county governments occasionally offering . . . — — Map (db m181077) HM
An outpouring of support for the army from this land and its people.
Out of reach of the British, General Greene's army moved north into Halifax County and encamped at Halifax Court House. The army rested, renewed by the welcoming lands and . . . — — Map (db m205844) HM
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 in the . . . — — Map (db m30951) HM
Thousands of feet scrambled up this riverbank.
Greene's army arrived at the far bank of the surging river on February 14, 1781. Along the river, at Boyd's Ferry and nearby Irwin's Ferry, bloody feet stumbled into boats to cross, and horses . . . — — Map (db m205842) HM
The American Revolution was raging, and it was headed this way.
Hopes for American liberty were carried by the army of General Nathanael Greene. In early 1781, after five long years of war, Greene's American army retreated across the . . . — — Map (db m205841) HM
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
Determined to provide elementary education for young African Americans, the Rev. Parham B. Ragland started a school in his backyard sometime around 1875. Though the "Backyard School" was private, Rev. Ragland was able to garner financial . . . — — Map (db m181107) HM
Boats like this carried an army over the Dan River right here.
This kind of boat is called a ferry. A long time ago there weren't any bridges over the river, and a ferry like this crossed the Dan River here, back and forth, carrying people . . . — — Map (db m205839) HM
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