Off-Site Workshop: Hooray for Halifax !

Rural Planning Caucus of Virginia


Wednesday, October 18, 2017
1 p.m. - 4 p.m. EDT

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The Town of Halifax, located in the southern piedmont of Virginia, is the historic county seat of Halifax County.  It has long been admired for its handsome houses, churches, and lush landscaping for over a century.  By incorporating fiber optic & wireless broadband technology, continuing a downtown revitalization project, and planning for economic growth in harmony with its natural surroundings, the town is preparing for a sustainable future.

Bounded by the shores of Banister Lake and the lower Banister River and surrounded by farmland and rolling woodlands, Halifax offers residents, businesses, and visitors the charm of a small town and the relaxed atmosphere of a rural retreat.

This workshop will offer attendees the opportunity to see how the Town has achieved these successes such as utilizing its natural resources to create Blueways and Gateways that attract visitors and build tourism.  Workshop participants will tour the historic downtown and learn how the Town achieved its revitalization and preservation efforts that extend out to the beautiful Mountain Road Historic District.  Workshop attendees will tour the historic district to learn how to achieve success and benefit from historic preservation through partnerships, grants and dedication.  After a full half day of touring and learning, workshop attendees will have numerous, invaluable tools that they can take back and use to implement one or more of the projects in their own localities.  Discussions at the tour stops will also include information tailored to each project, the partnerships needed with other agencies, funding sources and the benefits of gifted land.

Discovering Crossings and Blueways –Tour Stops

·        Southern Virginia Wild Blueway – This organized waterway trail system is comprised of three rivers and two lakes with access points in three state parks spanning two counties Halifax and Mecklenburg. 

·        Bannister River Gateway Project and the Kings Bridge Landing – Gateway to the Banister River and a river access for kayakers and canoeists. The Banister River Gateway Project has attracted statewide attention as it ties in with the recently designated Scenic River portion of the Banister River.


Exploring Revitalization – Tour Stops

·        Town of Halifax Downtown Revitalization Walking tour and discussion to include the downtown revitalization programs and the historic district.

·        Farmer’s Market

·        Halifax County Courthouse Restoration – this beautiful courthouse was designed and built in 1838-1839 by Dabney Cosby.  It is a two-story, "T"-shaped brick building constructed in the Federal style.  It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982 and is located in the Town of Halifax Courthouse Historic District.  It is currently undergoing a major restoration.

·        Mountain Road Historic District – walking tour - Listed on the National Register of Historic Places the Mountain Road Historic District consists of 88 acres and 30 primary resources including residential and institutional properties that are significant in the areas of architecture and landscape architecture from the early 1800s to the early 1900s.

·        Halifax Lofts – Tour of Facility - Originally, Halifax High School, this building was built under the Works Progress Administration between 1935 to1939.  This historic school is being renovated into market-rate rental housing, specifically 1- and 2- bedroom “loft-style” residences. The parking and grounds are also being revamped. The historic features will be preserved and highlighted as this project utilizes federal and state historic rehabilitation tax credits, so the redevelopment design is overseen by both the Virginia Department of Historic Resources and the National Park Service. 


Linda Shepperd

Linda Shepperd is the Director of Tourism for Halifax County, Virginia, where the towns of Halifax and South Boston are located. She has served in this position for the past 14 years. The Halifax Department of Tourism serves the broader interests of the economy of Halifax County by supporting, maintaining ... Read More

Carl Espy

Carl Espy, IV was appointed Halifax Town Manager and Zoning Administrator in 2003. Carl has served on the Board of the Halifax County Historical Society, Dan River Basin Association, and Roanoke River Rails to Trails, Inc. He worked with the Virginia Department of Historic Resources (DHR) and other preservation interests ... Read More

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