A Sketch History of Halifax County

Halifax County Court HouseHalifax County CourthouseBy a legislative act of 1752, Halifax County was formed from Lunenburg County.  At that time, Halifax County included what is now the counties of Pittsylvania, Franklin, Henry, Patrick, and a part of Bedford.  Those sparsely settled territories were often referred to as Districts of Halifax.

Halifax County was named for the Second Earl of Halifax, George Montagu Dunk, a friend of Virginia’s colonial governor Robert Dinwiddie.

In 1733, Colonel William Byrd surveyed and mapped the vast region along what is now the Virginia-North Carolina line.  Colonel Byrd liked the section so well that he was quoted as saying “The River Dan flows through the land of Eden,” referring specifically to a strip across the Southern end of our present county.

According to records found in the county courthouse, the earliest meeting of the Justices appointed for Halifax County was held at the Punch Spring home of Hampton Wade – between Winn’s Creek and Crystal Hill – on May 19, 1752, in the 25th year of the reign of King George II.  This it may be said, in modern parlance, that on that day, the “kick-off dinner” for Halifax County was held.

Condensed and paraphrased by Kenneth Cranford from Halifax County, Virginia, Sketch History by C.A. McKinney (1964)

To read more Courthouse history by C. A. McKinney, click here .

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