Crossing of the Dan 2018 Commemoration

237th Anniversary Commemoration of
The Crossing of the Dan
February *16 & 17, 2018
The Prizery
700 Bruce Street. South Boston, VA 24592


Berryman Green Chapter, NSDAR
Dan River Chapter, VASSAR
Halifax County Historical Society
Town of South Boston
Halifax County Middle School

Schedule of Events

    • Meet and Greet Seafood Buffet Dinner (Ductch-Treat) at Ernie's Restaurant, 1010 John Randolph Blvd., South Boston, VA 24592. Reservations will be appreciated. Contact Jeff Myers by Feb. 10:

Saturday, February 17 at 10 a.m. Annual Crossing of the Dan Commemoration at The Prizery

    • On Saturday, February 17th at 10:00 a. m., the SAR and DAR will host the annual Crossing of the Dan Commemoration in The Prizery.  The program will include greetings and the presentation of wreaths by SAR, DAR, and local officials. The Master of Ceremonies will be Dr. Phil Williams. Mike Cecere will present the keynote address.

      Following the morning program, guests are invited to visit the permanent exhibit located on the third floor of The Prizery and the outdoor exhibit at the Boyd’s Ferry site on the Dan River. A Brunswick stew lunch will be available for a cost of $5.

      Weather permitting, a dramatic re-enactment of the Crossing of the Dan by colonial troops will culminate the day’s activities. A replica of a ferry boat will transport troops across the river as muskets and cannons fire.

      At the conclusion of Saturday’s events in South Boston, VA the re-enactors will travel to Woodlawn Plantation where they will set up an encampment and participate in Woodlawn Revolutionary War Days on Sunday, February 18, 2018. The public is invited to attend Woodlawn Revolutionary War Days being held at Woodlawn Plantation located at 6011 Clover Road, Clover VA 24534.  Complete information is on the back.

      All activities with the Halifax County Middle School Sixth Grade will take place at the end of February at The Prizery. More details will follow at a later date.


Berry Hill Resort
3105 River Road
South Boston, VA  24592

Fairfield Inn & Suites***
1120 Bill Tuck Highway
South Boston, VA  24592
Holiday Inn Express*
1074 Bill Tuck Highway
South Boston, VA  24592

Super 8
1040 Bill Tuck Highway
South Boston, VA  24592
 ***To guarantee room availability and group rate of $106.99 (includes tax) at Fairfield Inn and Suites, reservations must be made by January 22, 2018. Specify Crossing of the Dan when making a reservation. For more information, you may or contact
Michael Cecere

Crossing Speaker

Michael Cecere is the keynote speaker for the 237th Commemoration of the Crossing of the Dan for 2018. Cecere was raised in Maine but moved to Virginia in 1990 where he discovered a passion for American History. Cecere teaches U.S. History at Robert E. Lee High School in Fairfax County, Virginia and at Northern Virginia Community College in Woodbridge, Virginia. He was recognized by the Virginia Society of the Sons of the American Revolution as their 2005 Outstanding Teacher of the Year and is an avid Revolutionary War reenactor who gives talks throughout the country on the American Revolution. He is a former president of the Board of Directors for Historic Dumfries, Virginia, Inc.

Cecere is the author of thirteen books on the American Revolution. His books focus primarily on the role that Virginians played in the Revolution. His seventh book diverged from this and explored the little known role that Maine (which was still claimed by Massachusetts) played in the Revolution. Mr. Cecere’s latest book, entitled, Second to No Man But the Commander-in-Chief: Hugh Mercer, American Patriot, a biography on General Hugh Mercer of Virginia. Cecere’s latest book is The Invasion of Virginia 1781
Cecere has participated in the Commemorations of the Crossing of the Dan for numerous years. 
Please join us at the Prizery, Saturday, February 17, as the program begins at 10 a.m.
 Michael Cercere Crossing of the Dan