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

  • 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.

  • December 20:
    Holiday Stroll Through Halifax

    Saturday, 11 am and 2 pm
    Enjoy a "Holiday Stroll Through Halifax", December 20th. Join a Historic Halifax staff member for a special guided walking tour of the Town of Halifax National Register Historic District. This is the perfect time of year for a stroll through town, as many of the homes will be decorated for the holidays. Learn about the historic architecture within the district, and the history of the town on this informative walking tour. Participants are encouraged to dress for the weather, and wear comfortable shoes. This tour will be offered twice: 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Space is limited to 12 people on each tour. Reservervations must be made by December 10th. Price: $15 each. Call (252) 583-7191 for more information.

  • December 24 - 26
    Site Closed

    We will be closed Wednesday, December 24th through Friday, December 26th in observance of Christmas (state holiday). We will re-open to the public on Saturday, December 27th on our regular schedule.

  • 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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