Arts & Culture
A "must see" on any trip to South Boston is the continual evolution of Bob Cage's Sculpture Farm, an open field sculpture display. Bob is a prolific local artist and retired tobacco auctioneer who delights in bringing creative arts to the public, and his outdoor modern sculptures form a museum of their own. Children, especially, love to see the llama, burros, and goats that graze in the field.
You'll also want to visit Bob's namesake gallery, the Robert F. Cage Art Gallery, located in the Prizery Fine Arts and Community Center. Exhibits are on a rotating schedule and include sculpture, painting, photography, quilting, and other art forms. Bob's love of art is evident throughout the community - from the sculpture farm and gallery, to his artwork hanging in Bistro 1888 and sculptures adorning streets throughout South Boston and the Town of Halifax.
The Prizery is an arts and cultural center located in a building that is 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 facility includes a performing arts theatre, the Cage art gallery, the Crossing of the Dan Revolutionary War exhibit, classrooms and a large space for community functions. Today the Prizery plays host to performers from throughout the world, exhibits art, provides venues for events and rentals, and makes a wide range of classes available - from music to art.
For the past five summers the Prizery has produced the Summer Theatre Celebration. Each summer a company of dozens of professional singers, dancers and artists live in our community for 8 weeks as they rehearse, design, build and dazzle with "Broadway" style musical theatre shows. Productions such as Les Miserables, Godspell, Hairspray, and Dr. Seuss have delighted guests of all ages.
A project of the Halifax County Historical Society, the Crossing of the Dan exhibit is a permanent, interpretive exhibit of the Crossing, which can be described as the beginning of the end for the British Lt. General Charles Cornwallis-led British army. Housed on the top floor of The Prizery overlooking the original Boyd's Ferry site, the exhibit is intended to keep the story alive. Each February the Crossing is commemorated with special events, lecturers, and a reenactment of the Crossing.
Halifax County has four sites on the 300-mile Civil Rights Heritage Trail, dedicated to the commemoration of the African-American, Indigenous peoples' , and women's struggles for equality. The four sites in Halifax County sites are Mary Bethune High School in Halifax, Washington-Coleman Elementary School, Mizpah Church, and Meadville Community Center.
Halifax County is a mandatory stop for anyone seeking to understand the history of the Civil Rights movement in the South. While you're at it, be sure to stop by the L.E. Coleman African-American Museum. Its stunning collection of African-American art and culture is an invaluable resource, and its emphasis on local culture will grant you a uniquely Halifax perspective on African-American history.
The South Boston Halifax County Museum of Fine Arts & History is the heart of Halifax's historical culture. It houses countless antiques, works of art, books, and physical items which are historically significant to the rich heritage of Halifax County and Southside Virginia. The museum also hosts exhibits on a rotating basis as well as workshops and other special events.
For more culture outdoors, check out the Historic Driving & Walking Tours on OldHalifax.com; this site, a labor of love by Dan Shaw, provides guides to great walking and driving tours in addition to local history and a guide to online resources.