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Sports Hall Of Fame Museum now open

The “open” flag is out at the Halifax County-South Boston Sports Hall of Fame Museum.

Sports Hall Of Fame President Carlyle Wimbish Jr. said yesterday the museum, located on Route 58 adjacent to Boston Lumber Co. in Riverdale, is open now open on weekends beginning this weekend, with Saturday hours from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sunday hours from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

The museum opened its doors last weekend with a “quiet opening” and some people stopped by, Wimbish said. 

“We opened it last weekend to kind of test the waters,” Wimbish said.

“We just kind of went over there and hung the open flag and a few people came in. We didn’t make any announcement in the media.”

Celebrating Halifax County’s sports history, the museum features exhibits and memorabilia of the individuals who have been inducted into the Hall Of Fame. Among them are former NFL great Willie Lanier who played for the Kansas City Chiefs, former NASCAR racing star Ward Burton who won the 2002 Daytona 500 and Olympian Tisha Waller.

Also among the exhibits are those of basketball standout Terry Davis who had a 10-year career in the NBA, and football standout Don Testerman who played football at Virginia Tech and Clemson and went on to play in the NFL with the Seattle Seahawks, Washington Redskins and Miami Dolphins. 

The Sports Hall Of Fame Museum also has an exhibit featuring NASCAR racecars formerly driven by Ward Burton and his brother, Jeff Burton. 

Last weekend was not the first time the museum has been opened to the public. HOF officials opened the museum a couple of times last year in conjunction with the annual Sports Hall Of Fame Induction Banquet. 

Wimbish said last weekend’s “quiet opening” was positive and that visitors to the museum offered positive comments.

“Some of the people that came in last weekend commented ‘I didn’t know it was this nice,’” Wimbish said.

Wimbish said Halifax County-South Boston Sports Hall of Fame officials are looking for volunteers interested in working with the organization to man the museum. 

“Volunteers don’t have to be members of the Hall Of Fame,” he pointed out.