“Time in nature is not leisure time; it’s an essential investment in our children’s health (and also, by the way, in our own.)” –Richard Louv, Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature Deficit Disorder.
A Tour of Thomas Day’s Works (Free Black Cabinet Maker Before Civil War)
A local African-American entrepreneur from the early 1800s is gaining widespread recognition for his unique furniture and indoor woodworking, a notable accomplishment during Black History Month.
Several of his works are on display at Oak Grove Bed and Breakfast.
From 1820 to 1860, this businessman, Thomas Day, had dozens of workers, both white and black (including his own slaves), handcraft and later machine-craft architectural elements and furniture. He became the largest furniture manufacturer in North Carolina with his uniquely designed beds, wardrobes, chairs, cabinets and mantels.
More than 150 years later, the talented free black man is finally gaining recognition from the Smithsonian Institution, the Museum of History in Raleigh, N.C., his hometown of Milton, N.C., and the region’s tourist industry. All have displayed and promoted this craftsman’s handiwork.
More can be found in Mike’s article in the Danville Register & Bee.
For details on the regional tour, see the Halifax County tourism website under “Plan a Trip” Go here for a 9-minute PBS Video of Thomas Day and his works.
Follow the links below for more information about our area!
- Try some star gazing at Nearby Staunton River State Park has won a Virginia Green award as one of only international 25 dark sky parks in the world! You’ll see constellations and bright stars you would never see from the city.
- Halifax County Bike Routes. The county is perfect for wide-open rides on lightly traveled roads, with gentle, rolling terrain. Husband Mike will lead you on a ride if you’d like.
- Buggs Island/Kerr Lake, a half hour east of Oak Grove, it has boating, swimming, fishing in a man-made lake behind Kerr Dam.
- Ringgold Bike & Hiking trail near Danville (Note: The Ringgold trail was gouged out by storm water from Hurricane Michael in 2018 and was not passable in most places in 2020.