Free guided tours of the buildings and the features of Historic Halifax originate in the Visitor Center. The Visitor Center houses exhibits and provides a 13-minute orientation film on the history of Halifax and the Roanoke River Valley region. The site also offers self-guided tours of the site, and has many wayside exhibits to provide information. Buildings are kept locked for security, but access can be obtained by taking the scheduled walking guided tours as follows:
The "Taste of the Town" Tour is given at 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. daily. This tour lasts about 1 hour, and includes the Owens House, Tap Room, and Eagle Tavern.
The "Heart of Halifax" Tour is given at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. daily. This tour lasts about 1 hour, and includes the Jail, Clerk's Office, Printing Office, and Burgess House.
The "Houses of Halifax" Tour is given at 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. daily. This tour lasts about 1 hour, and includes the Montford Archaeology Museum and the Sally-Billy Plantation House.
The Network to Freedom Trail (self-guided) features wayside exhibits and provides educational information given on African American freedom seekers of Halifax. It is a ¼ mile trail to the Roanoke River, and ¼ mile back to the beginning. This is a walking tour on relatively smooth, but somewhat uneven terrain. Benches are available for resting, and a map is available at the Visitor Center.
Please plan on spending most of the day in Halifax to view all of our buildings/features with a guide. If you have limited time, you are welcome to use our schedule as a planning tool, in order to view whatever you have time for on your visit to Halifax.
All tours originate at the Visitor Center, and are subject to change without prior notice. Special tours can be arranged for people with sight and/or physical challenges, by calling ahead to ensure a guide is available. All tour groups are limited to 25 people, so please call in advance to book a group or special tour. Annual special events include the April 12 celebration of Halifax Day, commemorating the date of the Halifax Resolves in 1776, the first official declaration of independence made by any colony! (This date is on the North Carolina state flag). Christmas is celebrated at Halifax on the second Saturday in December. Several of the historic homes are decorated with natural arrangements and greenery. The town also joins in with the Christmas celebration. Throughout the year, the site works in conjunction with local groups and the town of Halifax, to present special events for visitors.