Tuesday, April 12, 2016

10 Points of Interest in Halifax, N.C. History

Have you ever passed the sign on Interstate 95 that says Historic Halifax?

It is a great stop, go for it, not only are the buildings interesting but the museum is quite impressive.

During the American Revolution, Halifax was a hub for commercial and political gatherings.  It is located along the Roanoke River in North Carolina. Its greatest claim to fame is the "Halifax Resolves".  On April 12, 1776, the Fourth Provincial Congress of North Carolina, a body of eighty-three men adopted a document recommending independence from England. It was the first of all the thirteen colonies to be brave enough to meet and agree upon.

This event is celebrated in Historic Halifax annually but there are plenty of things to see during regular operating hours Tuesday - Saturday 9 a.m. -5 p.m. if you are interested in a tour.  You can also walk the town on your own with a map provided at the museum. The tours and the museum are free but donations are always welcome.  They do such a good job you will want to acknowledge the extraordinary effort. Some of the buildings have been moved into a central easy walking location.

Here is a sampling of what you can see on a walking tour:

1. Owens House built c. 1760 is the oldest on the tour. This house was moved to its current location in 1807.  It is was a typical townhouse would have looked like in the eighteenth century. George Owens, the owner was a prosperous member of the Merchant Class of Halifax.

2. Royal White Hart Masonic Lodge charted in 1757. This building was built in

3. William Davie House built c. 1785. Davie was a Revolutionary War Hero, Legislator, North Carolina Governor, Envoy to France and Father of the University of North Carolina.

4. Bradford Denton House c. 1790 the newest project the Historical Halifax Restoration.  Watch the video at bradforddenton.com.  Just a fine detail of the many historic honors to the past in the south. Colonel Bradford, a patriot was a delegate to the Fourth Provincial Congress, his son Henry was a soldier, minister and educator.

5. Eagle Tavern

6. Clerk's office 1832

 7. The "Rock" Behind the Clerk's Office marks the site of the First Courthouse

8. This Jail was built in 1838 after the two previous jails at this location were burned to the ground by escaping prisoners. One should not be amused by such destruction but you can't somewhat admire their determination and conviction. I somewhat doubt those beautiful hardwood floors were part of the original detention space and if there were certainly not polished to perfection like that.

 9. Tap Room sits across from Eagle Tavern and was one of my favorite buildings. Let's have a look inside.

10. The Sally Billy House was constructed around 1808 for Lewis Bond a planter in nearby Scotland Neck. In 1834 William "Billy" Ruffin and his wife moved to this house. The dwelling was originally part of a 12,0000 acre plantation with 266 slaves.

Peeking in the windows

A few museum views

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