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Electric Vehicle Special: July 2018

Charge your car while you stay at our bed & breakfast in beautiful Southside Virginia. We have Class-2 chargers that work for Teslas and four-hour universal chargers. During July, you can get 20% off the regular $115 to $155 room fee if you have an electrical vehicle and book through our website, www.oakgroveplantation.com or email oakgrove1943@gmail.com. We have a fine electric vehicle ourselves, a Nissan Leaf.

Expand Your Family Vacation

Do you want some time to yourself on your family vacation at Oak Grove? The innkeeper, Pickett Craddock, a 47-year preschool teacher, will lead a hike and provide snacks and an art project with up to two children for two hours while you go out to dinner at one of our fine restaurants or a play at the Prizery. Two nights in the family suite and full breakfasts for $375.

Remember what Richard Louv said in Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature Deficit Disorder: “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.)”

Romantic Wine and Flowers

For a lovely evening of romance, let us decorate your room with fresh flowers and provide a bottle of local wine to share from one of Halifax County’s two wineries, Bright Meadows Farm Vineyard & Winery and Hunting Creek Vineyards. We’ll also provide cheese, crackers, fruit and hors d’oeuvres for your pleasure. Please ask for this $40 package when you book your room. If you do not wine, we’ll provide cider or lemonade, and the package will be $30.

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 interior woodwork. At Oak Grove Plantation, the second floor bedroom with twin rooms contains a Thomas Day baseboard, mantle piece and window surrounds. It is now called the Thomas Day Room.

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”

Click here for a 9-minute PBS Video of Thomas Day and his works.

Rejuvenate Yourself with a Woman’s Retreat

$315/per person plus tax

If you’re tired, grumpy, worn out — change your life with a woman’s retreat at Oak Grove. Come alone or bring your friends. Start with a Friday evening reiki treatment-a hands-on relaxation and healing method. Start Saturday with a healthy breakfast and calming walk in the woods. Follow up with a massage. A delicious lunch will be provided, and in the evening, dine at South Boston’s only AAA three-star restaurant, Bistro 1888 www.bistro1888.com (dinner not included). Finish your weekend with breakfast and a walk.

Guided Bike Tour

$225 plus tax for two

Stay two nights at Oak Grove and bike along Halifax County’s scenic roads, with very little traffic and few hills. Mike Doan will lead one or two people on a (fairly slow) bike ride anywhere from 5 to 20 miles through the meandering roads past farms, forests and brooks. Bring your bikes or use ours for a healthy, invigorating enjoyable outing. Or if you prefer, he will give you maps for your own self-guided tour. $225 for two.

Hike Oak Grove

$225 plus tax for two

Reconnecting to the natural world is fundamental to human health, well being and spirit. During a two-day stay, start from the front steps with Pickett Craddock for an after-breakfast walk of up to four miles on the wooded paths of our 400 acres. A former country road crosses the railroad tracks on an old wooden bridge, heading into a mix of pines and hardwoods. They attract numerous woodland species, such as northern cardinals, bluejays, tufted titmice and Carolina wrens. That’s why Oak Grove is listed as one of the Virginia birding and wildlife trails.

South Boston – Halifax County Museum, free.

Total $308 for two plus the cost of the restaurants and the musical at the Prizery.

(Restaurants: Bistro 1888 and Molasses Grill)