Halifax in Halifax County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
The Market Green
The green was a bustling center of activity in the town, especially when the court was in session and at harvest time. Farmers brought their produce from the countryside to sell at the market house, which stood opposite the colonial courthouse and jail. County fairs and other festive events, such as Independence Day celebrations, took place here.
The green was also important for the military. During the Revolution, a barracks was located there, along with a powder magazine, supply depot, and armament factory. The square was also used as a parade ground for military reviews.
The shady market green also provided an area for rest and relaxation, conservation and debate. It continued to be used as a public facility until the courthouse moved in 1848. Shortly afterwards, the lots became private property.
Erected by The Society of Colonial Wars in the State of North Carolina, Inc.
Location. 36° 19.794′ N, 77° 35.257′ Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Halifax NC 27839, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Free Church of Halifax (a few steps from this marker); Halifax Courthouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Site of First Courthouse (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Colonial Punishment (about 300 feet away); Halifax Colonial Jails (about 300 feet away); The Tap Room (about 300 feet away); Eagle Tavern (about 300 feet away); Early American Taverns (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Halifax.
More about this marker. On the upper right is map with the caption, "Above and background: A Draught of Halifax, a 1758 plat of the town." The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
On the left is an "October 1777 Virginia Gazette notice for a fair that would have been held at the market green."
On the right is "A 1797 recruitment broadside similar to those that may have been posted in Halifax during the Revolution." The Library of Congress.
Also see . . . Historic Halifax. North Carolina Historic Sites (Submitted on October 30, 2012, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
Categories. • Colonial Era • Settlements & Settlers • War, US Revolutionary •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 30, 2012, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 164 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on October 30, 2012, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.