Halifax, VA: A Guide of the Town

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This article is brought to you by the abuse attorneys in Halifax. We encourage you to explore the many historic sites within and around the town of Halifax.

The Town of Halifax

Halifax is a town and county seat of Halifax County, Virginia. Located at the geographical coordinates of 36.764593 degrees north latitude and 78.928081 degrees west longitude, it runs along the Banister River – its northern border. According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 3.8 square miles. 0.04 square miles of which are water. The main roads serving Halifax are N. Main St. (U.S. Route 501 running north to south), Mountain Rd., and Bethel Rd. Based on the Köppen Climate Classification system, the town has a humid subtropical climate. This means its summers are hot and humid and its winters are generally mild to cool.


As of the 2000 census, Halifax has a population of 1,389 people and a population density of 365.5 people per square mile. Its racial makeup includes:

  • 62.71% White
  • 36.14% African American
  • 0.94% Hispanic or Latino
  • 0.65% Two or More Races
  • 0.29% Other Races
  • 0.14% Asian
  • 0.07% Native American

There were 583 housing units in the town, holding 348 families and 523 households. These households consisted of:

  • 24.1% had Children under 18
  • 51.1% were Married Couples
  • 14.0% had Female Householders
  • 33.3% were Non-Families
  • 31.2% were Individuals
  • 13.0% 65 and Older

The average income for a household in Halifax was $34,871. Males made a median income of $26,538, and females made $21,167. Around 8.4% of the population lived below the poverty line. As of 2010, the people of people residing in the town has decreased to 1,309.

Historic Sites

Within the historic town of Halifax are many landmarks and establishments depicting the history of the area. Sites listed on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) are Halifax County Courthouse, the Town of Halifax Historic District, Mountain Road Historic District, Carlbrook and Pleasant Grove.

Halifax County Courthouse

Situated at the intersection of U.S. Route 501 and U.S. Route 360 (Mountain Rd.), Halifax County Courthouse was designed and built by Dabney Cosby between 1838 and 1839. The two-story, "T"-shaped brick historic county courthouse is in the Federal architectural style. On December 15, 1981, it was designated on the Virginia Landmarks Register (VLR). The courthouse was later added to the NRHP on September 16, 1982.

Town of Halifax Historic District

The Town of Halifax Historic District encompasses 172 buildings, one site, 13 structures and one object. The national historic district is home to government, educational, religious, industrial, commercial and residential buildings dating back from the early-1800s to the mid-1900s. Some of the notable buildings in the area are the Rice House, Halifax County Courthouse, Edmunds and Lewis Office, Beth Car Baptist Church, Dr. Carter House, Christ Episcopal Church, Saint Luke's Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, People's Bank, County Office Building, Halifax Roller Mills, Halifax Planning Mill, Town of Halifax Swimming Pool, Randolph Theater, Halifax Department Store, Municipal Building and Fire Station. In 2008, the Town of Halifax Historic District was designated on the VLR. On January 28, 2011, it was listed on the NRHP.

Mountain Road Historic District

Another national historic district in Halifax, the Mountain Road Historic District encompasses 22 buildings along Mountain Rd. It includes several private residents from the 1800s and 1900s, two churches, a masonic hall, and a parish hall. Notable establishments in the district are the Masonic Lodge, Methodist Church, St. John's Episcopal Church, St. John's Rectory, Magnolia Hill, and Grand Oaks. In 1983, the Mountain Road Historic District was designated on the VLR and added to the NRHP.


Designed by Richmond architect Luther P. Hartsook, the historic home and estate of Carlbrook was built between 1928 and 1930. The two-and-a-half-story stone home is of the Classical Revival style. The property also consists of other smaller outbuildings, an elaborate stone garage, and a lake with a stone spillway, stone bridges and garden features. On May 26, 2000, the historic home was listed on the NRHP.

Pleasant Grove

Located near the Town of Halifax is Pleasant Grove. The historic home and farm complex is a national historic district that includes 17 buildings, two sites, and two structures on the three farm complexes – the Main House Complex, Owen Tenant House Complex and Ferrell Tenant House Complex. The two-story Victorian-style main house was built in 1888 and 1890. It features a smokehouse, pump house, cow barn, three tobacco barns, watering trough, granary, two corncribs, and a hog pen. The Owen Tenant House Complex was built around 1900. It includes a workshop, pumphouse, chicken house and hog pen. Forty years later, the Ferrell Tenant House was built. It has a log corncrib that was built in 1930. In 1999, Pleasant Grove was added to the NRHP and designated on the VLR.

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