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Historic Business District
Photo: Downtown Halifax (Houston) circa 1910
Halifax County was formed from Lunenburg in 1752, and the Town of Halifax has been the county seat since 1777.

The courthouse town of Banister, named after the neighboring river, grew around the new courthouse. Called Banister Town during the Civil War, the town became Houston in 1890 to entice a new railroad, and after WWI changed its name to Halifax.
Vibrant Arts Community Halicraft Art Festival, Saturday, April 5th, 9am-3pm. The historic Main Street of Halifax, VA will be transformed with artist tents, crafters, food and wine vendors, and more.  
Outdoor Recreation
Photo: Banister River below the Banister Lake Dam.
Banister Lake, a reservoir formed by the Banister River dam, lies within the Town of Halifax and provides a great opportunity for recreation.

Recreational activities on the lake include boating, fishing, and kayaking.
Portal to the Past Occupying a site that has been used for court purposes since 1803, the Courthouse holds hundreds of thousands of documents relating to the people and property of Halifax County, Virginia.

The court records go back to 1752, when Halifax County was cut off from Lunenburg.
Wired to the World Our local businesses enjoy high-speed internet access, including fiber, and we want our visitors and residents to be able to stay connected while in town also; to that end, a number of businesses offer free hotspots.
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Small Town Charm, Relaxed Rural Retreat, Wired to the World

Located in the southern piedmont of Virginia, this historic county seat Town of Halifax has been admired for its handsome houses, churches, and lush landscaping for over a century.  By incorporating fiber optic & wireless broadband technology, continuing a downtown revitalization project, and planning for economic growth in harmony with its natural surroundings, the town is preparing for a sustainable future.

Bounded by the shores of Banister Lake and the lower Banister River and surrounded by farmland and rolling woodlands, Halifax offers residents, businesses, and visitors the charm of a small town and the relaxed atmosphere of a rural retreat.

The Mountain Road Historic District is a tree-shaded road that stretches west from the courthouse square into the countryside. The road was built up slowly so that it now presents a range of buildings from the early 19th century to the present.



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