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Historic Halifax Celebrates Its Role In America's Independence

Posted July 3, 2001

— Did you know you can celebrate Independence Day at the place where some say it all began?

In April, 1776, the Fourth Provincial Congress of North Carolina, located in Halifax, declared its independence from England by signing the

Halifax Resolves


The document was first official action by an entire colony recommending independence.

"We do get visitors who don't have any idea that we had the Halifax Resolves drawn up here or that we were part of having the independence from England," says Monica Moody, assistant manager of Historic Halifax.

In the days of independence fever, Halifax was where many travelers came to talk politics over a drink at the tavern, and play games of cards or checkers to lighten the mood.

You can relive those days in Historic Halifax.

The Tap Room, a restored 210-year-old tavern offers tourists a "hands on history" experience.

The Tap Room is one of several structures that take visitors back in time.

Unlike most historic sites where you can look but cannot touch, Moody says this place will even let you try out the beds if you want.

They are the same kind of beds on which visiting leaders of the colony may have slept the day before they put their names to a bold document.

"Halifax was never really the capital, but so many provincial congresses met here, it was almost as if it was a capital," she says.

Each year, 35,000 visitors visit this historic site.

Many wait for this week to make the trip which includes special tours, and the outdoor drama "First in Freedom," which tells the story of the town's greatest claim to fame.

"So we feel we played a very important role in our history, we really do," says Moody.

It is an important part in giving birth to this country's independent spirit.

The First in Freedom show starts Wednesday at 7 p.m., followed by fireworks at 9 p.m.


Getting to Halifax is easy. Just take Highway 64 to Rocky Mount. Take Interstate 95 North and look for the Halifax exit.


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