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SoBo-Halifax Junior Woman’s Club adopts crossing site

The South Boston-Halifax Junior Woman’s Club has taken a stand to promote and protect a piece of their community by adopting the Crossing of the Dan Park site.

Junior Woman’s Club President Deitra Hart said Conservation Chair Audra Webb discovered the park while geocaching with friends and thought the park was beautiful, but she felt it wasn’t getting the attention it deserved in the county due to lack of exposure and publicity.

 “I was shocked by how this beautiful spot was being trashed by the people who were using it,” Webb said.

 After speaking to other Junior Woman’s club members, Webb contacted Barbara Bass, president of the Halifax County Historical Society. 

“She was thrilled we wanted to help out,” Hart said.

 The goal of adopting the park is to promote it as a nice place to visit and relax in South Boston, while allowing people to learn more about the significance of the Crossing of the Dan and how it affected the Revolutionary War.

“We have a vision that in the near future the park will be a great place to stop and have a picnic before heading off to exercise on the rails and trails route or it could be a quiet place to walk and visit friends after attending a performance at The Prizery,” Hart said.

The park is the spot where General Nathanael Greene and his army landed after retreating from Lord Cornwallis and his British army.

This history is not found in most textbooks, but the retreat by General Greene across North Carolina and into Halifax County, on Feb. 14, 1781, saved an American army and helped lead to the surrender of a British one at Yorktown.

 “The park has endless possibilities for our area. Right now, our club members are working on keeping the park clean since there are currently no trashcans in the park. We hope to get trash cans and recycle cans installed at the park very soon, so that littering does not continue to be a problem,” Hart said. “We would also like to get signs that easily show how to get to the park from Main Street since the park is located down a gravel road beside the railroad tracks. Right now, we encourage everyone to stop by, have a picnic and learn how this spot changed the Revolutionary War.”