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

  • October 29:
    Meet a Pirate for Halloween

    Wednesday, 6:30 - 8:30 pm
    Join pirate enthusiast, Charles Dailey, as he portrays a swashbuckling pirate and speaks about the pirates of colonial North Carolina! Children and the young-at-heart will enjoy this free evening, which is part of the Halfiax County Library's "Halloween in Halfiax" event and co-sponsored by the Library and Historic Halifax. After Halloween in Halifax, participants will be able to see the Blackbeard's Queen Anne's Revenge 1718 exhibit at Historic Halifax.

  • Through Nov. 1:
    Queen Anne's Revenge Exhibit

    Tues - Sat, 9 am - 5 pm
    See the Queen Anne's Revenge travelling exhibit, which represents the largest collection of recovered artifacts currently on display from the shipwreck believed to be the flagship of the notorious pirate, Blackbeard! Special programming and events will take place during the exhibit, dates/times TBD. Make plans now to see this one of a kind exhibit while it is here. This special exhibit is free! For more information on the exhibit and the shipwreck itself, visit: www.qaronline.org/Home.aspx
    For information on exhibit-related programs and events at Historic Halfiax call (252) 583-7191.

  • November 1:
    Community Yard Sale

    Saturday, 8 am - 1 pm
    Locals and visitors will enjoy buying and selling treasures at Historic Halifax during the final yard sale of 2014 on Saturday, November 1st. Yard Sale Spaces are $8 each. This is a great opportunity to clean out an attic, basement, garage, or etc. This is also a chance to bring home that rare find! Yard sale vendors are asked to bring their own tables, chairs, etc. Smaller items and clothing must be displayed off the ground. Spaces are still available, reserve yours today! For more information call 252-583-7191. November 1st is also the last day of the Queen Anne's Revenge exhibit at Historic Halifax, featuring recovered artifacts from the wreck of Blackbeard's flagship which sank off Beafort inlet in 1718!

  • November 11:
    Site Closed

    We will be closed in observance of Veteran's Day (state holiday) on Tuesday, November 11th, reopening Wednesday, November 12th on our regular schedule. "Thank You" to all veterans for your service.

  • December 13:
    Christmas in Halifax

    Saturday, 10 am - 4 pm
    A colonial-inspired Christmas celebration throughout the town of Halifax. Enjoy tours of historic buildings decorated with natural materials. Activities include a Christmas parade along King Street. Admission is free, and open to the public.

  • 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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