Historic Halifax State Historic Site

Early Roanoke River port town and trading center. Political center during the American Revolution when North Carolina's 4th Provincial Congress met here and called for independence from England. Seven restored historic structures include public buildings and plantation house. Exhibit over actual archaeological dig. Visitor Center, guided tours, picnic area.


What better way to experience the Spirit of Independence than to visit the place where the idea was first recommended by one of the thirteen colonies?

On April 12, 1776, North Carolina's Fourth Provincial Congress met in Halifax, NC, and adopted a document later called the Halifax Resolves, which was the first official action by an entire colony recommending Independence from England.


  • Visitor Center -13 minute video, "Halifax, Hub of the Roanoke," describes life in the Roanoke Valley from 1760-1840. -Museum contains exhibits of early history in the area.
  • Guided Tours of seven 18th and 19th century restored buildings including the 1808 Sally Billy Plantation House, an 1838 Jail and the 1760 Owens House. The site was the first entry for North Carolina on the National Register of Historic Places.
  • Montfort Archaeological Exhibit featuring the excavation of the home of Joseph Montfort, a Grand Master of Masons.
  • Roanoke River Overlook, Colonial Cemetery, picnic area and over twenty acres of open lawn to roam.
For more information: Historic Halifax State Historic Site



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