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.

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Tours

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

Resources

Educational Materials

Historic Halifax

What's New

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

Upcoming Events

  • Sept. 23 - 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.


  • October 11:
    Romancing Colonial America

    Saturday, 12 - 4 pm
    Celebrate the release of a new historical fiction novel, Traitor's Legacy. This story is largely set in Halifax during the American Revolution. Meet author, Beth Trissel, at a book signing from 12 to 4 pm in the Royal White Hard Masonic Lodge No. 2. Enjoy activities throughout the day at Historic Halifax from 10 am to 4 pm, including music, dance, Revolutionary War reenactors, and the opportunity to see the Queen Anne's Revenge exhibit featuring artifacts from the flagship of infamous pirate, Blackbeard! Lunch will be available for purchase in the historic Tap Room. Call 252-583-7191 for more information.


  • 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

Admission

No admission fees. Donations are accepted and appreciated.


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