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Historical Society ornament features Ziggy’s Restaurant


The Halifax County Historical Society announces its 2012 ornament – Ziggy’s Restaurant.

Each year a structure is selected, and a limited edition of 100, all individually numbered, are produced. 

Ziggy’s Restaurant represents the first ornament for a lost property, according to Historical Society President Barbara Bass.

Ziggy’s, a popular eating place in the Riverdale area of Halifax County,  opened in the late 1940s. Over the years it housed several restaurants, a service station and an oil company. 

Exel “Ziggy” and Jean Zickefoose in 1955 would purchase the restaurant business opening it as the Riverview. During hurricane Hazel the Riverview sign was destroyed. 

The Zickefooses decided to name it Ziggy’s and operated in the building until it was demolished in January 2010. The couple introduced pizza to the area, and soon people from all over the region would stop in for a “Ziggy’s” pizza.  

Before being demolished in 2010, patrons crowded to purchase some of the memorabilia from the legendary eating establishment.

This ornament will go on sale Monday, Sept. 24, at Triangle Florist and the Exchange Store in Halifax. Also on Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 24-25, from 9 a.m.-noon the ornaments will be sold only at the South Boston-Halifax County Visitor’s Center.

Cost of the ornament is $25.

They also will be sold at the society’s tent during the South Boston Harvest Festival. Other locations for sales will be announced later. The society expects this ornament to sell quickly and suggests those interested should purchase early.

All proceeds are used to help support society’s projects for the community which in the past have included books, such as, “The Race to the Dan,” “Halifax County Black Schools in the 1940s,” “Boo Boo’s One Hundred Years,” reprint of “Yesterday—Gone Forever,” reprint of “Retreat to the Dan,” “The Battle of Staunton River Bridge,” “Halifax Volunteers in the Confederate Army,” “A Tribute to Black History in Halifax County,” reprint of the “History of  Halifax (two volumes) and “Black History in Virginia.” 

 In prior years the society has produced seven other ornaments which include Berry Hill (sold out), Courthouse (sold out), Carter’s Tavern (a few left), Brooklyn Tobacco Factory (sold out), Hiram Masonic Lodge (a few left), The Prizery (a few left), and a Tobacco Barn (sold out). 

For more information, call or email Barbara Bass at 753-2137 or ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ).