Antebellum Getaway
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Antebellum Getaway

With so much Civil War history throughout Virginia’s Retreat, it’s only fitting to try on a plantation home for size. The Inn at Berry Hill is just the answer, offering refined hospitality nestled in the expansive hills of Virginia’s Retreat. As home base for visits to battlefields and charming small towns, it’s a truly elegant getaway.

Settle in for elegance.

Begin your visit with a stop at the Halifax County Visitors Center, now located in the restored 19th century tobacco warehouse, The Prizery. This community and fine arts center houses exhibits and a theater. Head through South Boston to stroll through one of the largest and architecturally interesting historic districts in southern Virginia, known for its late Victorian residences and commercial buildings

Take in an evening race at the South Boston Speedway for some high-adrenaline fun before retiring to your elegant room at the Inn at Berry Hill.

Explore graceful Halifax.

On day two, after breakfast, explore Halifax, visiting the South Boston-Halifax County Museum of Fine Arts and History to see Civil War artifacts, glassware, Native American artifacts, military uniforms and more. In the quaint town of Halifax, you’ll feel like you’ve stepped into antebellum Virginia, with plantings at many of the carefully preserved homes dating from the 1840s. The Mountain Road Walking Tour takes you past two pre-Civil War churches, the 1828 Masonic Hall, Courthouse and Clerk’s office.

Spend the afternoon driving the River Road Scenic Byway, a route that takes you past a variety of plantations and tobacco fields. You’ll find Bob Cage’s Sculpture Farm here in tobacco country – an open field with sculptured llamas, burros and goats grazing in the field. Continue on the South of the Dan Historic Driving Tour, which begins at Glenmary, the historic home owned by Cage. Finish the evening with dinner and a performance at the Halifax County Little Theatre.

Defend your position.

On day three, once breakfast is served, head out to the Staunton River Battlefield State Park to visit the site of the Battle of Old Men and Young Boys. This battle pitted 492 old men and young boys and 296 Confederate troops against the Wilson-Kautz cavalry units intent on destroying the Staunton River Bridge. Earthworks here are ranked among the most well-preserved in the state. As you leave the area, visit the Patrick Henry National Memorial where the serenity of Red Hill contrasts with the fiery reputation of this famous patriot.

Stately facade of the Inn at Berry Hill, VAInn at Berry Hill

This meticulously restored architectural treasure provides a grand escape. The 650-acre former plantation is a quintessential southern antebellum mansion.

Bridge at Staunton River Battlefield State ParkStaunton River Battlefield State Park

Relive the Civil War Battle of the Old Men and Young Boys at this historic site in Halifax County.

Aerial view of Patrick Henry's home at Red HillPatrick Henry’s Red Hill

Henry’s last home is this Staunton River plantation. The reconstructed house and dependent buildings are surrounded by lush green lawn and gardens.

Suggested Itinerary

Day One:

P.M. Arrive at a The Inn at Berry Hill, then take in a race at South Boston Speedway. Return to elegance for a good night’s sleep.

Day Two:

A.M. Explore Halifax, visit the South Boston-Halifax County Museum of Fine Arts and History and stroll the Mountain Road Walking Tour.

P.M. Drive the River Road Scenic Byway to find Bob Cage’s Sculpture Farm. Continue on the South of the Dan Historic Driving Tour, then have dinner and a show at the Halifax County Little Theatre.

Day Three:

A.M. Head home by way of Staunton River Battlefield State Park and Patrick Henry’s Red Hill.