States: Virginia: Halifax
the aforesaid Gazetteer published in 1834, writes about Halifax" The county is well watered and has excellent soil. Much first rate tobacco is raised. Taxes paid in 1832 on 5,769 horses, 20 studs, 78 coaches, 81 carryalls, 102 gigs. Expended on educating poor children in 1832, $704.21. Towns, villages, post offices, etc.- Barksdale, Post Office: This village contains several dwelling houses, one Baptist house of public worship, one common school, a Sabbath School, a Missionary and Temperance Society, an apothecary, wheelright, boot and shoe factory and a blacksmith. The post office located at this place is perhaps the oldest establishment in the county. The land of the surrounding country is light and sandy, remarkably free and productive.-Banister: Post Village. Besides the usual county buildings, this village contains 25 dwelling houses with a number of outhouses, mechanics shops, etc., two spacious houses of public worship, one Episcopalian and the other Methodist, a large and handsome Masonic Hall,, several handsome and commodious taverns, three general stores and one grocery. The mechanics are a saddler, coach maker, two wheelrights, three blacksmiths, two tailors, one cabinet maker and two boot and shoe manufacturers. There are in this vicinity two extensive flour manufacturing mills, two saw mills and two cotton gins. The face of the country on each side of the village is very much broken, which causes it to be very long and narrow, and the houses to be built in a scattering manner, except immediately around the court house where all the stores and mechanics shops are located. The village is remarkable for it`s health, being well elevated by a gradual ascent of three quarters of a mile from the river. It is situated on the main road from Fredericksburg to the South. Seven stages pass though weekly and eleven mails are received at the post office. There is a race course in the neighborhood over which races are run once a year. population, 250 persons, of whom three are attorneys and three physicians. County courts are held on the 4th Monday in every month. Quarterly, in March, June, August and November. Judge Leigh holds his Circuit Superior Court of Law and Chancery on the first of April and September." I will post the rest of this in my next post. Just so you will know the total population in 1830(in the county) was 28,034
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