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Weldon aims to be tourist destination

Posted November 11, 2008

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— The small Halifax County town of Weldon is hoping to bring in new business by renovating old abandoned mills.

Crews in Weldon are busy putting the finishing touches on the old cotton mill, renovated by a private developer, which is expected to open early next year as an antique mall and artisans gallery called Riverside Mill.

Town leaders say it is part of a plan to revitalize the area along the Roanoke River in hope of it becoming a tourist destination.

"The river seems to be the flow of life for the town," Town Commissioner Andy Whitby said.

The town has received a $30,000 grant from the North Carolina Rural Center for planning to revitalize the area along the river. Once the plan is in place, it will receive an additional $100,000 to implement it.

The river and businesses along it, Whitby said, will be a key toward bringing people and revenue to Weldon.

"I want to see Weldon as a very prosperous community with all of these buildings built up," he said.

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  • whatusay Nov 12, 2008

    Oh no...I hope this is not another Roanoke Rapids/Randy Parton idea. Weldon is just across I-95 from the theater.

  • carolinej Nov 11, 2008

    I used to live in Jackson (Northampton County) and I just cannot get a good visual on Weldon becoming a tourist destination. I've been wrong before, though!

  • colliedave Nov 11, 2008

    The town has received a $30,000 grant from the North Carolina Rural Center for planning to revitalize the area along the river. Once the plan is in place, it will receive an additional $100,000 to implement it.

    And the money these organizations gives comes from where? I am sure that Weldon will be a prime tourist destination; especially when the Perdue/Obama gas taxes are put into place.

  • drnc Nov 11, 2008

    I wonder who will renovate all of the empty furniture factories? I've got my eye on a couple of prime-location Chevy dealerships which will be vacant soon.