A tour of Thomas Day’s Works (Free Black Cabinet Maker Before Civil War)
A local African-American entrepreneur from the early 1800s is gaining widespread recognition for his unique furniture and indoor woodworking, a notable accomplishment during Black History Month. Several of his works are on display at Oak Grove Plantation.
From 1820 to 1860, this businessman, Thomas Day, had dozens of workers, both white and black (including his own slaves), handcraft and later machine-craft architectural elements and furniture. He became the largest furniture manufacturer in North Carolina with his uniquely designed beds, wardrobes, chairs, cabinets and mantels.
More than 150 years later, the talented free black man is finally gaining recognition from the Smithsonian Institution, the Museum of History in Raleigh, N.C., his hometown of Milton, N.C., and the region’s tourist industry. All have displayed and promoted this craftsman’s handiwork.
Enjoy the Outdoors
$330 per couple, plus tax
- Relax this summer at Oak Grove Plantation.
- Come visit two days and nights
- Eat full breakfast
- Take an early morning one-hour guided horseback trail ride for two on shaded paths.
- Drive by Cage’s sculpture garden
- Catch a musical at the Prizery
- Have dinner at a local three-star restaurant.
- Start the next day with another sumptuous breakfast
- Followed by a guided 2-5 mile hike on shaded woodland roads.
- Complete your relaxation with a 15-minute Reiki treatment
- Take a trip to the South Boston Halifax County Museum of Fine Arts and History
- Finish up with dinner at another great local restaurant.
Two nights: $200 plus $20 tax
Two one-hour trail rides or one wagon ride: $80
Cage’s Sculpture garden: Free
Two Reiki Treatments, $30.
South Boston – Halifax County Museum, free.
Total $330 for two plus the cost of the restaurants and the musical at the Prizery.
Discount for Hybrids: Our Green Energy Promotion
$225-$335 per couple including tax for three nights
Stay two nights and get the third night free if you drive a hybrid. With this offer and with our photovoltaic solar panels, we are trying to be environmentally conscious. Unwind! Enjoy a restful sleep and a gourmet breakfast. Walk on our 400 acres of trails and enjoy wildflowers and the singing of the birds. May through August.
Rejuvenate Yourself with a Woman’s Retreat
$315/per person plus tax
If you’re tired, grumpy, worn out — change your life with a woman’s retreat at Oak Grove Plantation. Come alone or bring your friends. Start with a Friday evening reiki treatment-a hands-on relaxation and healing method. Start Saturday with a healthy breakfast and calming walk in the woods. Follow up with a massage. A delicious lunch will be provided, and in the evening, dine at South Boston’s only AAA three-star restaurant, Bistro 1888 www.bistro1888.com (dinner not included). Finish your weekend with breakfast and a walk.
Midweek Dog Special
$225 plus tax for two people and one dog
Dogs especially love Oak Grove Plantation Bed and Breakfast. Our 400 acres are perfect for frolicking and working off energy. When they arrive, pets will find a bag with homemade dog treats and doggie pickup bags. Included in this two-day stay are two hours of dog sitting so you can go out to dinner or to a movie while your dog has fun plus a dog walk on our trails the next day. There is even a photo of your dog to take home. The dog fee of $25 is also included in this package. This is for a couple and a dog for two nights Monday through Thursday.
Guided Bike Tour
$225 plus tax for two
Stay two nights at Oak Grove Plantation and bike along Halifax County’s scenic roads, with very little traffic and few hills. Mike Doan will lead one or two people on a (fairly slow) bike ride anywhere from 5 to 30 miles through the meandering roads past farms, forests and brooks. Bring your bikes or use ours for a healthy, invigorating enjoyable outing. Or if you prefer, he will give you maps for your own self-guided tour. $225 for two.
Hike Oak Grove Plantation
$225 plus tax for two
Reconnecting to the natural world is fundamental to human health, well being and spirit. During a two-day stay, start from the front steps with Pickett Craddock for an after-breakfast walk of up to four miles on the wooded paths of our 400 acres. A former country road crosses the railroad tracks on an old wooden bridge, heading into a mix of pines and hardwoods. They attract numerous woodland species, such as northern cardinals, bluejays, tufted titmice and Carolina wrens. That’s why Oak Grove Plantation is listed as one of the Virginia birding and wildlife trails.