Halifax County

Halifax County was formed 1 May 1752 from the county of Lunenburg. The name was derived from George Montagu Dunk, second Earl of Halifax, who was president of the Board of Trade from 1748 to 1761. Part of Halifax was lost with the formation of Pittsylvania County in 1767. In 1960, Halifax lost to the creation of South Boston as an independent city and again in 1965 when South Boston increased in size. However, all was returned to Halifax County when South Boston reverted back to town status 30 June 1995. Halifax is a large county consisting of 805.7 square miles with the county seat located in Halifax.