Living in Halifax County
Our rich quality of life results in one word consistently heard from newcomers and visitors: Surprised.
Conveniently located in the center of Southern Virginia on the North Carolina border, Halifax County offers a relaxed lifestyle with easy access to larger cities like Richmond and Charlottesville, Virginia, and Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina. With 5 commercial airports within a 2-hour drive, it's also easy to make longer trips.
The Prizery cultural and performing arts center is Virginia's fastest growing professional arts center; it offers live performances, art and music lessons, an art gallery, the Crossing of the Dan historical exhibit, and venue space for rent.
This 38,000 square foot gem in the town of South Boston is a testament to our community's commitment to repurposing historical buildings. The Prizery is an historical building where tobacco was "prized," or pressed layer by layer into hogshead barrels often weighing up to 1000 pounds. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as part of the South Boston Historic Tobacco Warehouse District, and is considered to be the most architecturally prominent and interesting of the 15 buildings in the 20 acre district.
The Chastain Theatre, seating 326 people, attracts people from throughout the country for live performances including our own Summer Theatre Celebration featuring a resident professional company.
Tobacco Heritage Trail
The Tobacco Heritage Trail provides a great place for walking, running, biking, horseback riding, or just enjoying nature.
This multi-purpose regional trail is being constructed primarily on abandoned railroad corridors through Southside Virginia as a tourism project
Currently 2.6 miles of trail have been completed in South Boston; the trail follows the Dan River and runs behind Berry Hill Plantation. When completed the Trail will connect the counties of Halifax, Brunswick, Charlotte, Lunenburg and Mecklenburg with more than 150 miles of trail.
VIRginia International Raceway
Recently chosen as one of Car & Driver’s Top 6 tracks in the nation, VIRginia International Raceway is a multi-purpose road racing facility.
VIR hosts a wide range of professional and amateur auto and motorcycle racing and track events, and is well established as “America’s Motorsport Resort. At 4.2 miles, VIR is America's longest road racing course.
Also located within the facility are the VIR Raceplex , a motorsports-oriented industrial park; The Lodge at VIR , a hotel overlooking the track; the Paddock Suites and Garages; the Oak Tree Tavern, a full-service restaurant located within the Plantation Clubhouse; and the VIR Kart Track , a 5/8-mile, 24-foot-wide karting circuit with 30 feet of elevation change.
South Boston Speedway
The 4/10 mile South Boston Speedway offers a variety of racing opportunities including NASCAR, USAC and ARCA.
South Boston Speedway is steeped in tradition, earning a reputation as the home of the best NASCAR sanctioned short track racing in the country. It has served as the training ground for many of yesterday's and today's top NASCAR drivers for over 50 years.
SoBo provides fans, sponsors and competitors with the same level of professionalism that is now the norm at America's Super Speedways, but in the warm and hospitable setting of a 4/10-mile oval
Race fans can enjoy incredible short track action, combined with modern facilities and wholesome family fun and excitement, for less than the cost of taking the family to a movie.
Lakes and Rivers
The Dan, Banister and Staunton Rivers all flow through Halifax County. Banister Lake is located in the Town of Halifax, our county seat. Buggs Island Lake, Virginia's largest lake, is accessible in Halifax County through tributaries or at Staunton River State Park.
These waterways provide unlimited fun for those who like fishing, boating, water skiing, canoeing and kayaking.
Halifax County also has Lake Conner, a small 100-acre lake with a public boat landing. It holds the state record largemouth bass (16 pounds, 4 ounces) was caught there.
Staunton River State Park is located on 1,597 acres along the shoreline of Buggs Island Lake (John H. Kerr Reservoir), as well as the Dan and Staunton rivers. The park's attractions include a swimming pool, camping, cabins, picnic shelters and nature trails.
In addition to projects that have repurposed historical buildings like The Prizery and Southern Virginia Higher Education Center, the historic Halifax School is pending redevelopment into market-rate luxury apartment homes. Visit the website for more information.