Historic Halifax

Colonial Period – Revolutionary War

Located on the Roanoke River, the town of Halifax developed into a commercial and political center at the time of the American Revolution. North Carolina's Fourth Provincial Congress met in Halifax in the spring of 1776. On April 12 that body unanimously adopted a document later called the "Halifax Resolves," which was the first official action by an entire colony recommending independence from England.

Start your visit to Historic Halifax at the visitor center with our museum and 13 minute film "Halifax: Hub of the Roanoke". During our regular hours of operation, a self-guided walking tour of the site includes several authentically restored and furnished buildings including the 1838 Jail, the 1790 Eagle Tavern and the Underground Railroad Trail. Historic Halifax frequently features costumed historical interpreters and craft demonstrations that bring the early history of the Roanoke Valley to life.

Read the complete site overview

Tour Map

Other Websites

Halifax Historic District: The Importance

The River and the Valley

Life in Halifax

The People

Halifax and the Revolution

The African American Experience

Halifax After Independence


Educational Materials

Historic Halifax

What's New

Preservation Halifax, committed to the preservation and revitalization of the town of Halifax, is seeking to increase its membership. Meetings take place the fourth Monday of every month at 7 pm in the Historic Halifax Visitors Center.

Upcoming Events

  • April 12:
    Halifax Resolves Day

    Thursday, 9 am - 4 pm
    Halifax Resolves Day offers a full day of activities featuring historic interpreters, living history demonstrations, historical themed talks, and commemorative observances. Tours of the historic site for fourth-grade classes featuring living history activities will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. A wreath-laying ceremony sponsored by the Sons of the American Revolution will take place at 10:30 a.m. At 1:00 p.m. site interpreter, Frank McMahon, will present a talk on the Black Patriots of North Carolina in the American Revolution. At 2:00 p.m., the Historical Halifax Restoration Association will sponsor the annual Halifax Day program featuring a guest speaker. The association will also present the annual Halifax Resolves Awards, which recognize excellence in Historic Preservation. A reception in the Tap Room Tavern follows the Halifax Day program.

  • April 13 - 14:
    Prelude to Liberty

    Saturday and Sunday, 10 am - 4 pm
    On Friday, April 13th and Saturday, April 14th, join in the fun for Prelude to Liberty, which focuses on the impact of the Halifax Resolves as the town of Halifax and surrounding area prepare for revolution! Friday's activities will feature ongoing living history demonstrations, and self-guided tours of historic buildings. Reenactors will begin to arrive and set up camp.
    On Saturday, April 14th, the fun continues with a parade down King Street. The Halifax Minutemen regiment will lead the way as Continental troupes escort newly captured prisoners and refugees from the Battle of Moore's Creek Bridge in southeastern North Carolina. The patriot victory at Moore's Creek, one of the catalysts that fanned the flames of revolution in North Carolina, led to the adoption of the Halifax Resolves. The day continues with ongoing living history demonstrations in the camps, as well as scheduled historical vignettes featuring portrayals of the townsfolk of Halifax at the dawn of the revolution. Periodically, visitors will also witness military drill and weapons firing demonstrations including muskets and artillery. In town along King Street, visitors will enjoy the Morattico Artisan and Crafts Fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with local artists, crafters, potters as well as homemade baked goods, music performances, food and more! The day will end with a final historical vignette, which focuses on the 1781 dismissal of the Halifax Minutemen regiment, which led to increased recruiting efforts for Continental Line regiments as the entire colony prepared for the impending war for independence!

  • Stay tuned for upcoming events . . .

View NC DNCR Upcoming Events Calendar

Historic Halifax Information

Contact Us

Historic Halifax
25 St. David St.
P.O. Box 406
Halifax, N.C. 27839
Phone: (252) 583-7191
Email: halifax@ncdcr.gov

Hours of Operation

Tuesday - Saturday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Closed Sunday and Monday


No admission fees. Donations are accepted and appreciated.

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