Area Attractions

Guests Can Enjoy Kerr Lake

“Time in nature is not leisure time; it’s an essential investment in our children’s health (and also, by the way, in our own.)” –Richard Louv, Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature Deficit Disorder.

Coming Events (2018)

Aug. 9: Community Conversation, stories of going to segregated schools in the past. Prizery.

Aug. 11; Dark Sky Observation, Meteor Shower, Staunton River State Park

Aug. 11; Auto Racing, South Boston Speedway

Aug. 17: GT Michelin Challenge, Virginia International Raceway

Aug. 17: Float the Bannister: Learn how to raft, Staunton River State Park

Aug. 17 Friday Night Jam, Halifax Farmers Market

Aug. 28: Auto Racing, South Boston Speedway

Sept. 8: Auto Racing, South Boston Speedway

Sept. 28: South Boston Harvest Festival, Fairgrounds

Oct. 12: Dark Skies Party, Staunton River State Park

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Thomas Day Stairway at Oak Grove Plantation

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.

More can be found in Mike’s article in the Danville Register & Bee.

For details on the regional tour, see the Halifax County tourism website under “Plan a Trip”Go here for a 9-minute PBS Video of Thomas Day and his works.

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