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.

Start your visit to Historic Halifax at the visitor center with our museum and 13 minute film "Halifax: Hub of the Roanoke". During our regular hours of operation, a self-guided walking tour of the site includes several authentically restored and furnished buildings including the 1838 Jail, the 1790 Eagle Tavern and the Underground Railroad Trail. Historic Halifax frequently features costumed historical interpreters and craft demonstrations that bring the early history of the Roanoke Valley to life.

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

  • September 22:

    Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm
    An 18th Century trades fair: View tradespeople from the past as they create 18th century artisanal goods. Blacksmiths, leatherworkers, brewers, dyers, weavers and more will be on site demonstrating their crafts. Learn how the working class made a living in eighteenth century Halifax while participating in hands-on activities and demonstrations. This special event is free, and open to the public.

  • September 28 and 29:
    Halifax County Harvest Days

    Friday and Saturday, 9 am to 4 pm
    Join Historic Halifax staff at the Halifax County 4-H Complex as we participate in Halifax County Harvest Days, an annual festival which focuses on the rich agricultural heritage of Halifax County. Site staff will provide living-history demonstrations on Friday and Saturday. Also enjoy live music, food, children's activities, historical displays, wagon rides, antique tractors, carnival games and rides, sawmill demonstrations, and much more!

  • Stay tuned for upcoming events . . .

View NC DNCR Upcoming Events Calendar

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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