Halifax County Road Orders 1752-1767

Project No: 124068

Target Completion Date: November 30, 2025 Environment, Planning, and Economics

About the project:

Eighteenth century transportation-related court records (“road orders”) for individual Virginia counties constitute the primary evidence for early road development and outline early settlement and transportation corridors.  This project will identify and transcribe the "road orders" from the Halifax County court order books for the period 1752-1767 and will develop a comprehensive new index for them. This study will continue and extend VTRC’s research on the early transportation records for much of central- southern Virginia published in the Historic Roads of Virginia series. Between 1752 and 1767, Halifax County’s territory encompassed all of the region along the Virginia-North Carolina line between Lunenburg County and the Blue Ridge Mountains and contained important east-west and north-south transportation routes.  The county’s early transportation records provide significant information relating not only to transportation connections with nearby counties and more distant portions of Virginia, but also with the neighboring colony of North Carolina. This transportation network would later be important in the Revolutionary War. 

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Last updated: October 29, 2023

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