- Last Updated on 07:37 AM 05/09/14
- BY The Gazette-Virginian
It’s been 25 years since Noland Village was recreated, and on Saturday the public is invited to come out and celebrate the milestone 25th anniversary of the annual Historic Noland Village Country Fair Day, simply known as Noland Day.
Organizers are very proud to present this year’s event to celebrate what has become over the years a much-anticipated fun-filled day for Halifax County.
This year special tribute is being paid to those who re-created Noland Village 25 years ago, said one of the Noland Fair Day organizers, Butch Blanks.
“It all started simply with a vision by Roy Blanks to re-create a busy little village of yesterday located in the northern part of the county, which has been kept alive all these years by a community of family and friends,” Blanks said.
Roy Blanks died in 2007, but his vision for the village is as vibrant today as it has ever been.
On Saturday, he will be remembered for his work at Noland Village with the dedication of a plaque that will remain on site as a reminder of his efforts as well as recognizing the efforts of family members and friends in keeping his dream alive.
In addition, Blanks said a memorial tree is being planted on site as a living testament of what Noland Village is today as a result of the hard work and dedication that went into its re-creation.
Noland Village is located at the intersection of Cole’s Ferry, Morton’s Ferry, and Lake Conner Roads, just one mile from Conner Lake.
This quaint village is an ideal venue to relax and enjoy the ambience of yester-year, much like the villagers experienced it in the early 19th century,
Additionally, Noland Day has become an opportunity for many visitors over the years to visit with family and friends that attend each year, Blanks said.
Visit the restored houses in this well-preserved village and the restored oldest Presbyterian Church in Halifax County that is located in the Village.
This historic church was constructed in 1830 and is painstakingly maintained and listed on the Virginia Historic Register.
In the village, visitors will find other structures of interest including the tavern named Prospect Ordinary that dates to 1789; the Afton Farm House built in 1732; the Robert Carr House that was built in 1840; and, the restored Lacks Store and Noland Post Office that was built in the 1890’s. Other restored buildings include the Baldwin House; the Blanks Irby House; and, other structures that were common to that era of rural living.
Featured will be antique tractor and machinery displays, many of them being demonstrated during the event, antique and classic cars, quarter scale tractors, hit and miss engines of all types, arts and crafts, artisans, woodworkers, children’s activities, a live farm animal display and stew cooked on site that day.
Also freshly grilled bologna burgers and hot dogs will be available, along with homemade desserts prepared by folks who live in the community and others who actively support the village.
Proceeds from the sale of food go directly to the non-profit foundation that maintains Historic Halifax Church. Live musical performances will take place throughout the event as well.
The fun starts at 10 a.m. and continues until 3 p.m. As in previous years, the much-anticipated parade of antique tractors and cars will pass by the site for review beginning at 10:30 a.m.
No admission is charged to attend the event or display vehicles and machinery, and everyone is invited to attend. Attendance over the years has grown to include visitors not only from Halifax County but from many other areas of Virginia and North Carolina.
For additional information or questions, call Carolyn Slayton at 434-454-2210 or Butch Blanks at 434-476-6655 or visit the Noland Day website at www.nolandvillage.org or visit them on facebook at www.facebook.com/nolandvillage.