For many years, this structure was known as the “Constitution House” because it was thought to be where North Carolina’s Fifth Provincial Congress met in December 1776 to create the first state constitution. However, research and . . . — — Map (db m162176) HM
During North Carolina’s early history, authorities used jails to house inmates before they could be tried or have their sentences carried out. Unlike today, jails were not usually used to punish offenders. Instead, corporal punishment was the norm . . . — — Map (db m60690) HM
The portion of the tavern that remains today was built around 1790. It was moved from its original location sometime after 1838. After years as a private residence it was moved to this location in 1976.
The original Eagle Tavern operated during . . . — — Map (db m60697) HM
Taverns in colonial North Carolina, as in other parts of the country, were a vital part of the local economy and lifestyle. Travelers could find a place to sleep and a meal to eat as they made their way across the state. Local citizens used taverns . . . — — Map (db m60696) HM
Follow this ¼ mile trail to the Roanoke River and meet the men, women, and children who risked their lives to flee slavery.
“…the thought of being again made a slave, and of suffering the horrible punishment of a runaway, restrained me. I . . . — — Map (db m60699) HM
The citizens of Halifax constructed three jails between 1759 and 1838. The first two stood near this spot. The North Carolina General Assembly ordered the construction of the first jail, along with the stocks and a pillory, for the “detention . . . — — Map (db m60689) HM
A 1758 act of North Carolina colonial assembly required the court for the Northampton, Edgecombe, and Granville districts to be moved from Enfield to Halifax. On the lot in front of you, the colony constructed a new courthouse, along with a jail, . . . — — Map (db m60692) HM
Halifax Newspapers, such as the Roanoke Advocate and Halifax Minerva, included runaway ads, which usually offered rewards for an escaped slave’s return. Captured fugitives were often held in Halifax Jail and their owners were . . . — — Map (db m60700) HM
A 1769 map of Halifax shows a large building on this site. This lot, along with three surrounding ones, belonged to Joseph Montfort, a man of high standing in 18th-century North Carolina. He served as Clerk of Court for Edgecomb and Halifax . . . — — Map (db m60687) HM
In 1793, the first Halifax church was built at this location. The Free Church was open to all denominations. Services were held until the 1850’s when congregations began to build their own churches. In 1911 the church fell in disrepair and . . . — — Map (db m60694) HM
The market green played an important role in the growth and development of Halifax. The town’s original plan called for the green to take up both sides of King Street. In time, however, the courthouse, jail, and other public buildings occupied the . . . — — Map (db m60693) HM
Antebellum Halifax was an important in the plantation country of the Roanoke River valley. Its location on the river, where a major north-south roadway crossed , made the town a logical place for travel and commerce. The 240 slaves and 53 free . . . — — Map (db m162167) HM
This Georgian style house with a gambled roof was built elsewhere about 1760 and moved here by 1880. It is named for George Owens, a prominent and prosperous Halifax merchant.
The house had many owners through the years and was occupied until . . . — — Map (db m60698) HM
Constructed around 1808 for a Halifax County planter named Lewis Bond, this house was originally located near Scotland Neck. In 1834, William “Billy” Ruffin Smith Sr. and his wife Sarah, or “Sally” bought it. Smith, a county . . . — — Map (db m60688) HM
Constructed in 1760, this building was given the name “Tap Room” by twentieth-century historians. It has had many names and alterations in the past, including “Pope’s Hotel,” which had an adjoining building containing 19 . . . — — Map (db m60695) HM
William Richardson Davie lived in this transitional Georgian Federal town house during most of his active career. One of North Carolina’s most distinguished and influential Federal leaders, Davie attended the United States Constitutional . . . — — Map (db m162137) HM