Crossing of the Dan Exhibit

Commemorating 14 February, 1781
in Halifax County, Virginia


A project of the Halifax County Historical Society, this permanent, interpretive exhibit of the Crossing of the Dan is housed on the top floor of The Prizery, overlooking the original Boyd's Ferry site. The exhibit is intended to keep the story alive and bring visitors to Halifax County.

The Crossing of the Dan exhibit opens much like the beginning of the Southern Campaign of the American War for Independence. In the exhibit's opening scene, General Nathanael Greene instructs his Quartermaster, Lt. Col. Edward Carringtom, to "explore" the Dan and Yadkin Rivers to find an efficient route for transporting supplies to his army in North Carolina. Little did they know that this fateful decision would later save the American war efforts.

The exhibit describes the event, the military events that preceded the event, what the people of Halifax County did to aid Gen. Greene, the military action after the event, including the final encounter at Yorktown, and communicates the purpose and value of the American Revolutionary War.