A community reception celebrating the restoration of the historic cotton mill tower brought out close to 100 spectators Sunday afternoon.

The majority were in attendance because of a family connection to someone who had worked at the Halifax County landmark. Located on Railroad Avenue, this tower is the only section of the cotton mill still standing today.

Improvements showcased Sunday included recently landscaped grounds, additional memorial and honorary bricks and the display of a metal art sculpture from the original Century Cotton Mill factory, later renamed Halifax Damask Mills, Inc.

Efforts to save the Century Cotton Mill tower were initiated by the Halifax County Historical Society in the fall of 2015. Upon receiving an estimate of $36,000 to replace the roof, missing windows and repair the brick-and-mortar joints, the society was able to raise the needed funds through donations from businesses and the sale of memorial bricks.

Speaking at the reception were Meredith Bowman, current president of the South Boston Garden Club, who welcomed the crowd to the special occasion, and Barbara Speece, past president of the South Boston Garden Club.

South Boston Town Manager Tom Raab continued the program explaining the projects were completed by the South Boston Garden Club and the Halifax County Historical Society, with help from South Boston Public Works. The contribution of lighting of the tower was provided by Tommy Elliott of Elliott Electric, Inc.

Ted Daniel, former town manager, provided a history of the cotton mill and Barbara Bass, president of the Halifax County Historical Society, extended thanks to everyone involved with this project for “saving a piece of history.”

Following the speakers, residents attending this event were allowed to go inside the tower to view the elevator shaft from the ground floor to the ceiling.

Refreshments were available for attendees.