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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Halifax

 
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By Mike Wintermantel, August 19, 2011
"Colonial Churchyard" Marker
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1North Carolina (Halifax County), Halifax — E-52 — "Colonial Churchyard"
Graves of Confederate general Junius Daniel, editor Abraham Hodge, United States District Judge John Sitgreaves, are 1 block northeast. — Map (db m46231) HM
2North Carolina (Halifax County), Halifax — Colonial Punishment
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
3North Carolina (Halifax County), Halifax — E-12 — Cornwallis
The British Army under Gen. George Cornwallis marching to Virginia defeated the local Militia at the town of Halifax in May, 1781. — Map (db m16173) HM
4North Carolina (Halifax County), Halifax — E-68 — Eagle Tavern
Built in 1790s. Banquet for Lafayette held on February 27, 1825 when tavern was on its original site 900 feet northeast. — Map (db m46233) HM
5North Carolina (Halifax County), Halifax — Eagle Tavern
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
6North Carolina (Halifax County), Halifax — Early American Taverns
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
7North Carolina (Halifax County), Halifax — Escape!The Roanoke River, Halifax, and the Underground Railroad.
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
8North Carolina (Halifax County), Halifax — Halifax Colonial Jails
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
9North Carolina (Halifax County), Halifax — Halifax Courthouse
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
10North Carolina (Halifax County), Halifax — Halifax Runaway Ads
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
11North Carolina (Halifax County), Halifax — E-39 — Hutchins G. Burtonca. 1774–1836
Governor, 1824–1827; Attorney General of N.C.; Congressman. His home was 400 yards west. — Map (db m16241) HM
12North Carolina (Halifax County), Halifax — E-3 — Independence
The “Halifax Resolves,” first formal sanction of American Independence, adopted in this town, april 12, 1776. — Map (db m16174) HM
13North Carolina (Halifax County), Halifax — E-99 — John H. Eaton1790-1856
Secretary of War under Andrew Jackson; United States Senator from Tennessee; Florida governor; United States minister to Spain. Born here. — Map (db m46309) HM
14North Carolina (Halifax County), Halifax — E-8 — Masonic Lodge
Chartered 1767. Building was erected in 1769. Joseph Montfort, "Grand Master of America," is buried there. 500 yards east. — Map (db m46312) HM
15North Carolina (Halifax County), Halifax — Montfort Archaeological Museum
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
16North Carolina (Halifax County), Halifax — E98 — North Carolina Constitution
The first constitution of the independent state was adopted in Halifax on December 18, 1776. — Map (db m46313) HM
17North Carolina (Halifax County), Halifax — EEE-1 — Ram Albemarle
The Confederate ironclad Albemarle was outfitted in Halifax with machinery and guns before sailing down river into action, 1864. — Map (db m70528) HM
18North Carolina (Halifax County), Halifax — Site of First Courthouse
. . . — Map (db m60691) HM
19North Carolina (Halifax County), Halifax — The Free Church of Halifax
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
20North Carolina (Halifax County), Halifax — The Market Green
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
21North Carolina (Halifax County), Halifax — The Owens House
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
22North Carolina (Halifax County), Halifax — The Sally Billy House
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
23North Carolina (Halifax County), Halifax — The Tap Room
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
24North Carolina (Halifax County), Halifax — E-25 — Washington’s Southern Tour
President Washington was a visitor in the town of Halifax, on April 16-17, 1791. — Map (db m16177) HM
25North Carolina (Halifax County), Halifax — E-4 — William R. Davie
Lived here. Revolutionary hero, member Federal Convention, governor, envoy to France, "Father of the University." — Map (db m46321) HM
26North Carolina (Halifax County), Halifax — E-9 — Willie Jones
Statesman of revolutionary era, leading champion of democracy in N. C. His home, “The Grove,” stood 400 yards west. — Map (db m16225) HM
 
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