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Noland Day run comes to an end / March 05, 2018
The annual Noland Village Country Fair Day has been discontinued, an event that was historically scheduled for the second Saturday in May. The event was hosted in historic Noland Village located in the Providence community in the northern portion of Halifax County for 28 years. The event attracted many visitors from Southside Virginia, as well as the from Richmond and Lynchburg areas.

The event’s purpose was to showcase Noland Village and the Providence community, as well as serve as a fundraiser for the maintenance and upkeep of Historic Halifax Church which is located in Noland Village. It was the sole source of funds for maintaining this structure which is listed on the Virginia Historic Register, and operates under its own non-profit foundation. It is still used for events including Easter Sunrise services, the annual Evensong program at Christmas, and special events such as weddings.

As previous visitors to Noland Day can attest to, it was a chance to enjoy the ambience of yesteryear as villagers experienced it in the early 19th. Century, including a visit to Historic Halifax Church which was constructed in 1830 and is painstakingly maintained as originally constructed.

Our parents, Nannie and Keister Blanks, and our uncle Roy Blanks, who were instrumental in the construction and restoration of Noland Village, began the Annual Noland Day in 1989 on a small scale and it grew each year to include live music, displays and operation of antique machinery, tractors, antique and classic cars, and brunswick stew and other foods prepared on site by volunteers. Proceeds from the sale of food was part of the fundraising for the historic church.

We are very grateful to all of the supporters of the event in the past, including the local media for their help in promoting the event, and of course the many visitors and participants who attended each year. We couldn’t have done it without them. Visitors are still welcome to come out and stroll the grounds of the Village and with prior arrangements, tour some of the historic structures in the Village.

We would greatly appreciate continued support of Historic Halifax Church with monetary donations made payable to Historic Halifax Church, 5020 Morton’s Ferry Road, Nathalie, VA 24577. For questions and information on Noland Village, you can contact Carolyn Blanks Slayton at 434-454-2210 or Butch Blanks at 434-476-6655.

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