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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.

Scheduled guided walking tours take visitors into several authentically restored and furnished buildings. Areas of special interest will also be pointed out to visitors. A self-guided tour is also available for those who do not have time for guided tours. For this tour, a map of the site and wayside exhibits provide educational information regarding the buildings and area. These include the 1760 home of a merchant, the house and law office of a 19th-century attorney, and the 1808 home of a wealthy landowner. The 1833 clerk's office, an 1838 Jail, the 1790 Eagle Tavern and 1760 Tap Room, and a unique archaeological exhibit are also featured on the tour.

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

  • July 3:
    The museum will be closed in observance of the Independence Day holiday on Friday, July 3rd. The museum will re-open to the public on Saturday, July 4th.

  • July 4:
    Independence Day Celebration

    Saturday, 10 am - 9:30 pm
    Enjoy a family-friendly Independence Day, complete with tours of historic buildings, music, entertainment, and a fireworks display at dark. Historic Halifax will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Historic Halifax will celebrate its 50th anniversary as a State Historic Site. The town of Halifax will sponsor activities and fireworks on the courthouse grounds beginning at 5:30 p.m. Enjoy this classic hometown celebration of American independence!

  • September 26 - 27:
    Halifax Muster Days

    Saturday, 10 am - 6 pm
    Sunday, 12 - 3 pm

    This event will focus on Halifax's military heritage during the 18th and early 19th centuries, with emphasis on the town's role in the Revolutionary War. Market Square, where troops were mustered and goods bought and sold, will be a hub of activity. Additional details are forthcoming.

  • Volunteers Needed! Historic Halifax State Historic Site is actively recruiting volunteers to help at the historic site. Various exciting opportunities are available. New orientation programs for volunteers are offered several times during the year. All interested individuals are encouraged to call the site at (252) 583-7191 for more information on the volunteer program.

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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