Halifax County-2024

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Welcome to Halifax County, where a world of adventure, history and natural beauty is easily accessible off I-95 in Northeast North Carolina. Open the pages of this guide and unlock the treasures of this diverse and vibrant destination. Step back in time to Historic Halifax State Historic Site, the Birthplace of American Independence, where the Halifax Resolves ignited the flame of liberty. Immerse yourself in the serenity of the Roanoke Canal Trail and be captivated by the exotic birds at Sylvan Heights Bird Park. Follow the meandering path of the Roanoke River as it weaves through our picturesque landscapes and creates Roanoke Rapids Lake and Lake Gaston, a premiere destination for all types of watersports.

Indulge your taste buds in our farm-to-table dining experiences, savor Eastern North Carolina barbecue and explore unique local boutiques. Whether you’re seeking outdoor thrills, a journey through history or a taste of our culinary delights, Halifax County offers it all.

As you journey through our pages, you’ll uncover the stories, people and places that make Halifax County a destination like no other. We invite you to experience the charm and heritage of this hidden gem in North Carolina’s crown.

CONTENTS 4 Our Communities 6 Town of Halifax 8 Littleton 10 Roanoke Rapids 12 Weldon 14 Enfield 16 Scotland Neck 18 Hobgood & Hollister 20 Halifax Resolves 22 Roanoke Canal Trail 24 Underground Railroad 26 Outdoors 28 Fishing and Hunting 30 A Day on the Water 31 Medoc Mountain State Park 32 Sylvan Heights Bird Park 34 Weldon Mills Distillery 36 Dine With the Locals 37 Aunt Ruby’s 38 The Hen and The Hog 39 Blue Jay Bistro 40 Pet Friendly 42 Shopping 44 Arts & Culture 46 Gather Together 48 Hotels


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HHalifax County’s picturesque landscape invites exploration. Nestled among family farms and pristine natural woodlands are communities as unique as the people and places within. Visit and discover the treasures of these eight distinct regions.

Town of Halifax
Littleton Roanoke Rapids Scotland Neck Weldon Enfield Hobgood Hollister
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HStep back in time at Historic Halifax.

The Halifax Resolves was the first official act of any colony for independence from Great Britain.



Halifax State Historic Site

Get a history lesson at this museum and authentic village, featuring exhibits and self-guided walking tours. See a tavern once frequented by members of the Provincial Congress and Marquis de Lafayette, and watch as costumed characters share their historical interpretations. historicsites.nc.gov

Underground Railroad Trail

A designated site on the Underground Railroad Network, the Historic Halifax Visitor Center displays authentic wanted ads for runaways seeking freedom as well as the compelling memoir Life and Adventures of James Williams, a Fugitive Slave. halifaxundergroundrr.org

The Bradford Denton House

Built in 1760, this home belonged to Col. Henry Bradford, a teacher, minister, soldier and congressman, who helped pass the Halifax Resolves. Get a glimpse of colonial life and witness cooking and blacksmithing demonstrations. bradforddenton.com

Halifax County 4-H Rural Life Center

Enjoy six miles of trails, a fishing pond and premier disc golf course. For group outings, take advantage of a picnic shelter and a full-service catering kitchen. 252-583-5161


Bass House

Shop several boutiques under one roof, offering everything from housewares and clothing to locally roasted coffee, signature candles and gifts. Find local art from Halifax Studios next door, including paintings, pottery, glasswork and jewelry. facebook.com/basshousehalifax


The Hen & The Hog

Join the locals for lunch, dinner and libations at this King Street mainstay with stylish patriotic flair. Choose from Southern favorites like pulled pork, chicken salad, fried oysters and prime rib. thehenthehog.com


“The Roanoke River is a nature-lover’s dream with bald eagles, deer and bears. Our beautiful fields of crops are the inspiration behind my watercolor paintings. Halifax embodies community spirit. Businesses support each other, harkening back to the way things were done 250 years ago.”

Patterson Wilson, Halifax Town Board Member and Local Business Owner

The Trophy Room

Visit the Trophy Room, where exposed brick, trophy mounts, leather furniture and games feels like visiting your buddy’s man cave. The King Street watering hole offers regional craft beers, cocktails and wine along with fare from rotating food trucks.

Two Doors Down

Pick up provisions and a home-cooked meal to-go, or order from the all-day menu featuring freshly baked desserts and handmade ice cream as well as gourmet sandwiches, salads and build-your-own pizzas. twodoorsdownhalifax.com


Halifax Resolves Day

Every April, time travel back to April 12, 1776, when North Carolina became the first colony officially to declare independence from Great Britain. historicsites.nc.gov

Halifax County Harvest Days

This October, see farm animals, enjoy live entertainment, go on a hay ride and enjoy homemade food and crafts from local vendors. facebook.com/halifaxcountyharvestdays

Opposite page: Historic Halifax State Historic Site; Clockwise from top: Bass House; King Street; The Trophy Room Scan for more Halifax County events.


HKnown as “the little town with the big heart,” Littleton boasts a charming downtown with world-class dining and entertainment.



Lake Gaston

With 350 miles of shoreline, Lake Gaston is popular for fishing, swimming and boating. Littleton’s Lake Gaston Day Use Area features a sandy beach, picnic areas, a playground, public boat ramp and fishing pier.

Lakeland Cultural Arts Center

Don’t miss this stunning showcase for the arts, featuring plays, concerts, art exhibits, movie nights and other special events. lakelandcac.org

The Cryptozoology & Paranormal Museum

See a haunted doll, hear about big foot sightings and go on a ghost hunt at this spine-tingling museum, featured on NPR and the Travel Channel. facebook.com/cryptopara

Roanoke Valley Veterans Museum

Open weekends, the museum pays homage to local veterans through stories, memorabilia and photographs. rvvm.org


Frank’s Fine Arts

Admire the works of local artists and buy a piece by Frank, the talented shop dog and mascot. franksfinearts.com

The Village Market

Find home décor, gourmet food, children’s items and gifts at this quaint Main Street shop.

Once Upon a County Line

This eclectic emporium features ladies clothing and accessories as well as gifts and home décor for the lake house. facebook.com/onceuponacountyline

The Shoppe at LKG

Shop the latest fashions at this local ladies boutique, with clothing available in petite to plus sizes. theshoppelkg.square.site


Pick up a hostess gift or a fabulous piece of art, or stop in for a painting class.


“Littleton is a cultural hub for

Halifax County, boasting galleries, boutique shops, fine dining, museums, theater, entertainment, a world-class school, state of the art brewery (to open spring 2024) and so much more! This little town with the big heart is a great place to visit and live.”

Deb and Ed Fitts, Ed Fitts Charitable Foundation

Best Kept Secret Boutique

This Black-owned boutique offers the latest styles, from comfy casual wear to a statement piece for your next night out. bksfashion.com

Main Street Mercantile

Discover a curated collection of upscale items for your home, garden and kitchen, including the selection of Main Street Wines’ new labels from around the globe. facebook.com/MainStreetMercantileNC


Daphne’s Coffee Shop

Perk up with an espresso or freshly brewed tea and savor a sweet treat or pastry. daphnescoffeeonmain.com

Blue Jay Bistro

Spend a special evening at this widely-acclaimed restaurant, featuring craft cocktails and elevated cuisine highlighting the bounty of North Carolina. bluejaybistro.com

GrandPa’s Kitchen

Get your fill of barbecue pork, chicken and turkey with all the fixin’s at this Black-owned eatery, popular since 1997. grandpaskitchen.org

Timber Waters Brewing Company

Opening in spring of 2024, this brewery features a production facility, tasting bar and restaurant. timberwatersbeer.com


Littleton Lake Gaston Festival

Now 39 years running, Littleton’s biggest festival features carnival rides, a classic car show, food vendors, live entertainment and dancing. (September)

Opposite page: Daphne’s Coffee Shop; From top: Roanoke Valley Veterans Museum; Lake Gaston; Once Upon a County Line Emporium; Main Street Mercantile


HSpend a day exploring this charming small town, where nature flourishes, history lessons abound and the hospitality flows.



Roanoke Canal Museum and Trail

Learn the significance of the historic canal and walk along the 7-mile nature trail. roanokecanal.com

Weldon Mills Theatre

This grand 1,500-seat theater plays host to big-name musical acts and festivals throughout the year. weldonmillstheater.com

Sarah Keys Evans Plaza

This Martin Luther King Jr. Park’s public art project honors Sarah Keys Evans, a Black member of the Women’s Army Corps who refused to move to the back of a bus in 1952.

Murals Tour

Admire dozens of stunning murals by Black artist Napoleon Hill, who captures the area’s people, history, culture and natural landscapes. visithalifax.com/murals


Creative Designs & Gifts

For nearly 30 years, Tammy Jean has offered a little bit of everything, from furniture and housewares to clothing, jewelry and fabulous gifts. creativedesignsandgifts.com

Rivertown Home

Shop high-end and vintage furnishings as well as locally handcrafted products. facebook.com/rivertownconsignments

Quality Shop

Update your wardrobe with a new dress, stylish top or fun accessory at this uptown boutique.



highly encourage visitors as well as our local people to come out and participate in all we have to offer, from plays and outdoor concerts to splash pads and amazing parks. I


love our area and our diverse and open community.”

Sandra Bryant, Roanoke Rapids City Councilwoman

Pepper & Doughtie’s Antiques & Gifts

Find heirloom-quality pieces, like grandfather clocks, oil paintings, porcelain and 19th-century mahogany furniture. pepperanddoughtiesantiques.com


The Mill Coffee and Eatery

Start your day with a hot coffee and fresh pastry or refuel at lunchtime with a sandwich, soup and salad. 252-308-6849

Second Street Lunch

This institution has served burgers and dogs since 1949, but despite the name, you can order breakfast and dinner, too. 804-339-0424

Haggerty’s Steakhouse

Start with a cocktail and cut into a sizzling steak served with grilled Texas toast and a baked potato. 252-541-3361

Misfits Bar & Grill

This eatery takes bowling alley fare to the next level with pancakes, spicy chicken and beef tips simmered in mushrooms, peppers and onions. fairwoodlanesbowlingcenter.com

Oscar’s Restaurant

Get a blast from the past at this stylish 1950s diner, serving full breakfast, meat and southern vegetables, burgers and fries and decadent desserts. facebook.com/meetmeatoscars


Bourbon & Spirits Festival

This September, get in the spirit of Roanoke Rapids as you sip a cocktail from your favorite North Carolina distillery. ncbourbonfestival.com

Opposite page: Roanoke Rapids Mural; Left: Weldon Mills Theatre; Creative Designs & Gifts; Sarah Keys Evans Plaza


Where the Roanoke River flows through Weldon, the “Rockfish Capital of the World,” thousands of anglers cast their lines during the striped bass’s annual spawning run.



Roanoke Canal Trail

Borrow a bike and hit the trails! Stop in Riverside Mill for the complimentary use of a bike, available for children and adults. Meander seven miles along the historic canal trail and take in the scenery. roanokecanal.com

River Falls Park

Launch a boat and cast a line in the Rockfish Capital of the World. This pretty town park is also the perfect spot for taking in views of the rapids, accessing the Roanoke Canal Trail or having a picnic. historicweldonnc.com


Riverside Mill

Go bargain shopping at Riverside Mill, where antique mall meets artisan market. Find local art in the craft gallery, shop for deals in the designer clothing outlet or handpick heirloom-quality items for your home — all inside a historic cotton mill. riversidemill.net

Red Wagon

Search for treasures in this eclectic market with more than 100 vendors. Find collectibles, decorative glassware, home goods and vintage items — like an old Radio Flyer red wagon. redwagon-weldon.com


Ralph’s Barbecue

Family-owned and operated since 1941, Ralph’s is known for its Eastern North Carolina barbecue, Brunswick stew, fried fish, homemade cakes and banana pudding. ralphsbbq.com

Sunshine Grill

Start your day with a hot breakfast or drop in at lunch for their famous Hot Dog Sandwich and hand-dipped ice cream. facebook.com/sunshinegrillweldon


“I’ve lived all over North Carolina, and there’s something really special about this area. Halifax County was the birthplace of our nation, and the old rail line from Weldon to Wilmington was once the longest track in the world. There’s a lot of cool stuff to do, from the riverfront and canal trail to good food and historic homes.”

—Bruce Tyler, Co-founder of Weldon Mills Distillery

Weldon Mills Distillery

Sip and sample award-winning spirits on the beautiful grounds of an old mill. Offering small-batch bourbon, gin, vodka, tequila and tours, Weldon Mills was named 2022 and 2023 Distillery of the Year in international competitions. weldonmills.com

51 Sycamore Bar & Grill

It’s hard to beat the fried rockfish basket or fish nuggets at this Black-owned father-daughter restaurant. After dinner, stay and enjoy the entertainment with a specialty cocktail. 51sycamore.com


Chockoyotte Country Club

Designed by the legendary architects Donald Ross and Ellis Maples, this par-72 course is set amid majestic North Carolina pines. chockoyottecountryclub.com


Highway 301 Endless Yardsale

This June, go on the ultimate treasure hunt. Spanning five counties and 100 miles, the sale features clothing, housewares, old farm equipment and high-end antiques. 301endlessyardsale.com

Opposite page: Roanoke River; Above: River Falls Park Pier; Below, left to right: River Falls Park Rock Fish; Red Wagon
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on the Roanoke Valley Rocks tour.


HThe oldest town in Halifax County, Enfield is at the epicenter of one of the state’s largest peanut-producing counties. Don’t miss a visit to Aunt Ruby’s, where you can sample the famous peanuts.



Aunt Ruby’s Peanuts

Stop in to sample the South’s finest peanuts, pick up a salty snack for the road, or buy a gourmet gift tin for a friend back home. A household name in North Carolina, Aunt Ruby’s has been processing peanuts for more than 50 years. Varieties include salted, honey roasted, chocolate-covered, Cajun, country-style and more. auntrubyspeanuts.com

Bellamy Manor & Gardens

Experience Southern hospitality at its finest at this bed and breakfast, owned by the Andersons. Grab a book from the library and cozy up by the fireplace or stroll the four-acre estate and admire the camellias in winter and azaleas in spring. Rooms are beautifully furnished and breakfast is served with fresh ingredients from Sunnyside farm. manorbnb.com


Southern Secrets at Mears

Shop one amazing store in four historic buildings downtown on Whitfield Street. A shopping destination for the surrounding areas, Southern Secrets’ four concepts offer something special. Find curated gifts, jewelry, upscale interiors and fine art, along with crafts and food items from local artisans. southernsecretsenfield.com

Holdford Hardware

Family-owned and operated for nearly 40 years, Holdford’s is more than a hardware store. Shop cookware, gourmet food items and tools for your garden. facebook.com/holdfordhardware

“This small town’s charm lies in the simplicity of life, reflecting the disappearing fabric that built America. Memories of bustling streets and thriving businesses like Meyers Department Store linger as I reminisce about laying away my first suit at 14. Meyers now hosts small events, symbolizing a broader trend of revitalization. Come experience the enduring allure and wholesome living that characterize Historic Enfield. ”

Larry B. Perkins, Enfield Alliance Coalition


Seafood Frenzy

Load up on fresh scallops, shrimp, oysters and crab legs as well as the regional catch of the day. Since opening seven years ago, this seafood market has earned a loyal following thanks to its quality selection and customer service.

Gloria’s Bottom of the Barrel

Get your fill of Southern soul food at this popular eatery. Menu favorites include smothered turkey wings, fried fish and shrimp, homemade chicken salad, fried pork chops and more.


Scotfield Country Club

Scotfield Country Club was built in 1966 and offers an 18-hole golf course, Olympic-size swimming pool, two tennis courts, a 20-acre fishing pond and a full-service clubhouse. 252-826-3218


Annual Enfield Fishing Creek Paddle

Cool off in the annual community-wide paddle and picnic, which launches from historic Bellamy’s Mill. (June) derpserves.org

Opposite page: Bellamy Manor & Gardens; Above: Southern Secrets at Mears; Below: Enfield Mural by Napolean Hill


HSylvan Heights Bird Park invites visitors of all ages and interests to walk through continentally-themed aviaries, experiencing the diverse beauty, colors and sounds of more than 2,500 birds from around the world.



Sylvan Heights Bird Park

Sylvan Heights is home to the world’s largest waterfowl breeding program, protecting the rarest species from extinction. Walk through lush gardens and admire parrots, toucans, flamingos and exotic birds from six continents. shwpark.com

ROCK Museum

Adults and kids alike will love the fossils, rocks, minerals and gems as well as educational programs through Kaye Lee’s Corner Foundation. Don’t miss the gift shop for interesting finds, from fluorescents and geodes to jewelry. rockmuseumeducation.com


Hometown Hardware and General Store

Get a slice of small town life at this one-stop shop, where you’ll find tools, hardware and fishing equipment along with a popular lunch counter. facebook.com/hometownhardwareandgeneralstore

McDowells Pharmacy

The fourth-generation pharmacy on Main Street has served the community for nearly 125 years. In addition to healthcare needs, the pharmacy features a large selection of gifts, candles, jewelry, handbags and more. mcdowellspharmacy.com

T&D New and Used Furniture

Go treasure hunting for antiques, porcelain, silver, decorative items and other collectibles at this momand-pop. facebook.com/tanddnewandusedfurniture


a rural farming community where neighbors take care of each other and wave to people on the street.

We enjoy a relaxed lifestyle and have some great restaurants along with the bird park and an awesome rock museum.”

Mike Lubbock, Founder of Sylvan Heights Bird Park & Community Leader


Abrams BBQ & Seafood

Established in 1974, Abrams has stood the test of time. Come in early for a full breakfast or indulge in the lunch and dinner buffet loaded with fried chicken, barbecue, shrimp and the original cheese biscuit.

La Casetta Italian Restaurant

Savor the pasta and sauces made fresh daily from traditional Sicilian recipes passed down for generations. Be sure to save room for the cheesecake or limoncello dessert. lacasettasn.com

A & M Bar-Be-Que

Open for lunch daily, this diner is known for its soul food, Eastern North Carolina barbecue and Brunswick stew.


Crepe Myrtle Festival

Celebrate the blooming crepe myrtles in Scotland Neck with a lively street party filled with food, drinks, entertainment and arts and crafts. (August) townofscotlandneck.com


page: Sylvan Heights Bird Park; Left to right: Abrams BBQ & Seafood; Hometown Hardware and General Store; ROCK Museum


HSmall-town life in Hobgood is centered around the town square, aptly named Friendship Park, where the vibe is relaxed and welcoming. Don’t miss the annual Cotton Festival that celebrates the town’s largest harvest.


Hobgood Depot

Hobgood was founded in 1891 as a railroad community on the Atlantic Coast Line. Today, the old depot breathes new life as a community center and railroad museum. Outside at the Friendship Park fountain, bronze plaques honor town heroes. The park also plays host to annual events like the popular Independence Day celebration and the Hobgood Cotton Festival in October. thetownofhobgood.com

Hobgood Country Church Museum

Dating back to 1880, this beautiful clapboard church looks like something out of a Norman Rockwell painting. The old Methodist church features new amenities to accommodate weddings, concerts and special events. thetownofhobgood.com

Hobgood Hemp

Locally owned and operated, Hobgood Hemp offers high-quality hemp products straight from David Mayer Farms, one of North Carolina’s preeminent hemp farms. The Pine Street storefront features a range of CBD health products and a knowledgeable staff. Shoppers can also find local art, seasonal produce, gourmet snacks and gifts. hobgoodhemp.com


Hobgood Cotton Festival

Dance to a line-up of diverse bands, shop arts and crafts vendors, take a ride on the cotton trailer and play a round of horseshoes. (October) thetownofhobgood.com/cotton-festival

Top: Friendship Park; Above: Hobgood Cotton Festival


Visitors and Halifax County residents who love spending time in nature flock to Hollister, the home of the Haliwa-Saponi Tribe. The town is also home to Medoc Mountain State Park, the most visited attraction in Halifax County with 3,900 lush acres to explore.


Medoc Mountain State Park

This beloved state park isn’t mountainous at all. In fact, the highest point is just 325 feet tall, all that remains of the mighty mountain range that stood here 350 million years ago. Visitors can paddle or cast a line in Little Fishing Creek, explore miles of hiking, biking and horseback riding trails, or go in search of Bigfoot, who’s been rumored to roam the woods. visithalifax.com/medoc


Annual Blooming of the Dogwood Tribal Powwow

As the dogwoods bloom the third weekend of April, the

Haliwa- Saponi tribe holds its annual powwow to celebrate its 1965 recognition by the North Carolina General Assembly. Join in the state’s oldest and largest American Indian powwow to experience the hospitality and culture, including crafts for sale, dance contests, a drum contest and traditional American Indian food. haliwa-saponi.org


Sweetgrass Tribal Nutrition

Find gifts, healthy beverages and snacks, as well as locally made crafts, at this Native Americanowned smoothie and gift shop.


Top: Annual Blooming of the Dogwood Tribal Powwow; Above: Medoc Mountain State Park


H A brief film, Halifax: Hub of the Roanoke , kicks off your tour of this community steeped in history. The tour also includes authentically restored and furnished buildings, including the 1790 Eagle Tavern and 1838 Jail. Festivals and special events often feature demonstrations and historical interpreters.

Beginning on April 12, 2024, the town that earned its title as the “Birthplace of American Independence” will embark on an extraordinary journey through time. A twoyear-long celebration of America’s 250th year will unfold.

H The celebration isn’t confined to the walls of Historic Halifax; it spills out into the entire county. From April 12, 2024, to July 4, 2026, Halifax County will be alive with the spirit of America’s 250th birthday.

Let’s celebrate America’s 250th birthday together!

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H Adopted in April of 1776, The Halifax Resolves was a precursor to the Declaration of Independence.

H Located on the Roanoke River, Halifax became a major supply hub for the Continental Army.

H The British Army took control of Halifax for 10 days in 1781, shortly before moving on to its final battle of Yorktown. During the war, the town of Halifax hid its official records in nearby swamps.

H In 1791, President George Washington visited Halifax as part of his Southern Tour.

First Freedom

inThe Halifax Resolves leads to American Independence.

North Carolina made history on April 12, 1776, when the 4th provincial congress adopted the Halifax Resolves, becoming the first U.S. colony formally to recommend independence from England. Three months later the Continental Congress, including three members from North Carolina, would sign the Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia.

“Our claim to fame here is the Halifax Resolves, the first official action toward independence,” says Frank McMahon, assistant site manager at Historic Halifax. “In addition, the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence in North Carolina took place in Halifax and our first state constitution was written here.”

Visitors can step back in time at Historic Halifax to learn about the Halifax Resolves and the revolutionaries who shaped America.

The eight-building complex includes a museum, visitor center, furnished homes, an authentic tavern and jail, and historical demonstrations.

In Colonial America, Halifax was an ideal settlement due to its location on the Roanoke River and its vital freshwater source, Magazine Spring. In the 18th century, Halifax had become one of the largest and most influential settlements in North Carolina with nearly 1,000 residents. By 1776, tensions between the colonists and Great Britain ran high, and royal-appointed governments were beginning to break down. In North Carolina, patriot protesters pressured the state’s British Governor, Josiah Martin, until he ultimately fled off shore. In his absence, the North Carolina Provincial Congress became the de facto government, adopting the Halifax Resolves during its fourth meeting.


The Roanoke Canal Museum & Trail

Stroll along the seven-mile Canal Trail to take in the beauty of Halifax County and to learn the area’s rich history.

History buffs, engineers and curious minds alike will marvel at the 19th century canal and two-story museum. Stretching seven miles, the canal trail is known as North Carolina’s longest museum.

Built in part by enslaved laborers from 1818-1823, the Roanoke Canal was part of the Roanoke Navigation System, designed to connect Norfolk’s seaport with inland farms and communities on the western frontier. The 400-mile project was extremely ambitious for its time — bypassing the Roanoke River rapids without modern machinery into a navigable waterway for steamboats, barges and bateaux.

A critical piece of the system lay between Roanoke Falls and Weldon, where a series of sophisticated locks were used to control water levels and raise and lower cargo boats through the canal. The project was a success, and the Roanoke Canal became a major trade route and a boon to the local economy.

Just a few decades later, the expansion of the railroad ultimately replaced the canal. Innovative minds took advantage of the canal’s flowing water and dam system to create hydroelectric power for the region.

The Roanoke Canal was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in

1976, and today the museum offers insights into its significance. Visitors can see artifacts portraying life along the canal and appreciate the engineering behind the locks, culverts and massive aqueduct. While the museum is open three days a week, the canal trail is open every day from dawn to dusk. Visitors can access the western trailhead at Roanoke Rapids Lake Day Use Park and the eastern trailhead at Weldon’s River Falls Park. Besides admiring the historic structures, hikers can spot bald eagles, woodpeckers and great blue herons year-round as well as elusive warblers and songbirds in spring and summer.


The seven-mile Canal Trail, which can easily be explored by foot or by bike, has trailheads at Roanoke Rapids Lake Day Use Park and River Falls Park in Weldon. When the trail crosses Roanoke Avenue in Roanoke Rapids, don’t miss the museum with fascinating facts and visuals about the history of the Roanoke Valley, the canal and its source for hydroelectric power.


Black History

Don’t miss these historically significant Halifax County sites.

The Allen Grove Rosenwald School, now on display at the 4-H Rural Life Center in Halifax, was built in 1921 to educate Black students. The Allen Grove Rosenwald School on Highway 561 remained in operation until the 1950s and was later moved to its current location. Tour the original building, complete with two original desks and a pot-bellied stove, free of charge.

13763 Highway 903 Halifax, NC 27839 252-583-1821

At the Tillery History House Museum, learn the story of a 1930s community where Black settlers were given the opportunity to purchase 40 acres and a mule. The Tillery History House stands on a former plantation, worked by generations of enslaved people, until after the Civil War when Black family farmers and sharecroppers labored on Tillery’s former plantation land. Call ahead to arrange your visit.

321 Community Center Road Tillery, NC 27887 252-826-2234

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National Parks Service Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Sites

Old Town of Halifax

Halifax County is North Carolina’s only location with three registered historic sites on the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom. Start your tour at the end of King St at Historic Halifax.

Roanoke Canal

The remote swamps and forests on the banks of the Roanoke River offered short- and longterm refuge. Here, learn how the canal served as a highway connecting and reuniting separated family members.

Roanoke River

With sweeping river views punctuated with steep rapids and turbulent waters, this trailhead for the Roanoke Canal Trail at River Falls Park gives visitors a chance to stand on the overlook and imagine the horrific dangers faced by Freedom Seekers.

The Road Freedom


Visit three designated sites on the National Parks Service National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom.

The banks of the Roanoke River provided hope and shelter for enslaved freedom seekers on their arduous journey toward freedom. Not only did Halifax have the canal and river as escape routes, the town’s nearby white Quaker population was sympathetic to their plight. By 1835, Halifax County was also home to one of the largest free Black communities in the South, many of whom were registered to vote. Black households took in runaways, and Quaker abolitionists helped more than 600 freedom seekers.

“Standing by the river, your imagination just takes over,” says Roanoke Rapids City Councilwoman Sandra Bryant, a direct descendent of an enslaved Halifax family. “You can see freedom seekers hiding on the banks, waiting until nightfall so they could find something to eat and get on one of the bateaux going north on the Roanoke River. Some were escaping a life of slavery. Others who had been separated from their families and their children wanted to reunite.”

The National Park Service has designated three sites in Halifax County along the Roanoke River as part of the National Underground Railroad Network. At the Historic Halifax Visitor’s Center on St. David Street, the heart-wrenching story of James Williams as well as authentic wanted ads remind visitors of the dire consequences facing runaways. Standing at Weldon’s River Falls Park, onlookers can understand the dangers of crossing the swift river and rapids after dark. Guests at the Roanoke Canal Museum and Trail can learn how the Roanoke Navigation Company bought and sold enslaved people who helped build the canal, which ironically would lead many to freedom.

“Halifax County played a major part in the history of North Carolina and the history of people who were not content to remain enslaved,” says Bryant. “We hope by developing and promoting these sites, you aren’t just reading about the history, but seeing it and feeling it until it becomes part of you.”



The storied Roanoke River, which flows through Halifax County, provides endless opportunities for adventure-seekers, history buffs and nature lovers.



Halifax County consistently ranks #1 or 2 for both white-tailed deer and wild turkey hunting. Hunters also find a variety of other game, including bear, duck, raccoon, opossum, quail, fox, squirrel, rabbit, groundhog, nutria, beaver, pheasant and grouse. Ample open land for hunting is provided by both the NC Wildlife Commission and for lease by private landowners.

H Visit huntfishnc.com to learn more about hunting and fishing in Halifax County, including information on local guides, where to stay, and a great collection of fishing and hunting reports.


Whether you call it a rockfish, striped bass or striper, you can identify it by its olive green back, fading to light silver on its sides. Dark stripes run from head to tail.

Fishing & Hunting in Halifax County Outdoor Life:

Around here, getting outside and enjoying nature is more than a passion — it’s tradition. Plan an expedition for some of the best hunting and fishing in the southeastern United States.

For 20 years, Captain George Beckwith has welcomed fishers to Weldon, the “Rockfish Capital of the World.” Also known as striped bass, rockfish put Halifax County on the map as a destination with some of the best fishing — and hunting — in the entire southeast United States. “Halifax County is the terminus of the spawning run of the striped bass, which have traveled over 100 miles up the Roanoke River from the Albemarle Sound,” explains Beckwith, who helps visitors take advantage of world-class fishing nearly year-round through his Down East Guide Service.

Not only striped bass, but also river herring, hickory shad, white shad and even giant sturgeon migrate up the river to reproduce. The aggregations of hundreds of thousands of fish in a small

stretch of river allows recreational anglers plenty of opportunities for a catch.

“Beginning in late February, light tackle and fly anglers can have catches of dozens of hickory shad, often fishing from the shoreline and without the need of a boat,” Beckwith says. “In June, when the last of the striped bass make their way downstream, the river continues to offer excellent fishing for locals in the know.”

In addition to a half dozen panfish species, there are also largemouth bass and a world class blue catfish fishery that has gone almost unnoticed. “River conditions vary wildly from day to day and from year to year but fishing is consistent, especially for those willing to spend the time to learn the river or hire a local guide,” Beckwith recommends.

information on hunting & fishing in Halifax County.

In the Wake Zone

A day on the water with friends or family presents an all-in-one opportunity for adventure, fun and happy memories.

Whether you want to take wake boarding lessons, try your hand at wake surfing, paddle away the day on a kayak, or swim in a beautiful, clean, natural environment, Halifax County’s lakes have you covered.

The 34-mile-long Lake Gaston straddles the North Carolina and Virginia borders, and the town of Littleton is Halifax County’s best access point.

At the Lake Gaston Day Use Area, a public beach is open seasonally, sunrise to sunset, and features designated swimming and fishing areas, grills and picnic tables, an ADA-accessible fishing pier, playground and horseshoe pits.

Location: North end of Jack Brown Road in Littleton

Downstream, Lake Gaston supplies water to Roanoke Rapids Lake. The Roanoke Rapids Lake Day Use Area is your gateway to this 4,600-acre lake, perfect for an afternoon of kayaking, birdwatching, fishing or just enjoying the great outdoors.

The Day Use Park features a 17-acre lakefront area for swimming, walking trails, a beautiful playground, a 9-hole disc golf course, sand volleyball courts, as well as a fishing pier, picnic shelters, grills and restrooms. Early risers can catch a spectacular sunrise over the lake, and the sunsets are equally gorgeous.

Location: 100 Oakwood Avenue in Roanoke Rapids


Lake Gaston is well-stocked with game fish, but fishing from a boat requires a valid license, unless you’re under the age of 15. For information on obtaining a license, visit ncwildlife.org

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Rumor has it Medoc Mountain State Park is home to Bigfoot. It’s also home to the Neuse River mudpuppy — called the “waterdog” — a rare species of salamander found exclusively in North Carolina’s diverse coastal plains.

Medoc Mountain State Park

With almost 50 miles of hiking, biking and horseback riding trails, this state park in Hollister feels like the great escape.

Don’t let the name fool you: The 350-million-year-old Medoc “mountain” is now a mere 325 feet. Still, speckled with galax and mountain laurel, two plant species rare to eastern North Carolina, the park feels mountainous, yet accessible for easy-going hiking.

Stop by the visitor’s center to check out taxidermies of local wildlife, pick up a souvenir, and meet Charlie, a friendly corn snake. The park’s unofficial mascot, 15-year-old Charlie, has made his home at the visitor’s center for the last 10 years. Ask the park rangers if you can hold him!

According to Park Superintendent Allen Williford, “The 1.75-mile Bluff Loop Trail is probably the most beautiful hike in the park.” The Bluff Loop Trail features a small elevation gain to a scenic overlook, as well as some rapids. “Children love our paved

Habitat Adventure Trail, where they can learn about the natural ecology of the park through a variety of natural installations designed to both entertain and inform.”

Medoc Mountain is home to animals like the nocturnal southern flying squirrel, opossums, gray foxes and white-tailed deer. Overhead, watch for fish-eating birds, like the green-backed heron, great blue heron and belted kingfisher.

Mountain bikers love the 5.3-mile Pyrite and 3.3-mile Saponi Loops and on the southern portion of the park, several trails are ideal for horseback riding.

The campgrounds are centrally located and well-kept, allowing for easy access to multiple hiking trails, a huge meadow perfect for stargazing or playing tag, a picnic shelter and a great modern playground.



Made fresh to order, the concessions at Duck Landing Café make for the perfect lunch break. Place your order and settle in at a shaded picnic table for a meal serenaded by bird songs.


Sylvan Heights is one of Halifax County’s premier events spaces. Toad Hall seats more than 200 guests in its 4,400 square-foot, open-air pavilion. If it’s cold or rainy, clear, weatherproof panels can be lowered, and the adjacent treehouse overlooks a lush natural wetland teeming with wildlife.

For events with fewer than 80 guests, the Golden LEAF Room overlooks the Multinational Aviary and provides access to the facility’s caterer kitchen, as well as a relaxing front porch and back deck.

Beauty Overhead

Nestled in Scotland Neck, the Sylvan Heights Bird Park is a sanctuary for birds, educators and waterfowl enthusiasts.

Known in Halifax County as the Waterfowl Man, Mike Lubbock wanted to do more than create a world-class waterfowl and exotic bird sanctuary when he opened Sylvan Heights Bird Park in 2006. As one of the world’s foremost experts on waterfowl aviculture and rare bird species, Lubbock wanted to educate.

“The Park is designed to teach people about waterfowl and the importance of preserving them,” Lubbock says. “Our goal is to tell visitors the story of every species.”

As Sylvan Heights visitors wander through its 28 acres, home to 2,000 exotic birds — the largest and most biologically significant

waterfowl collection in the world — they’re fully immersed in a wetland setting. The goal: to experience the feel and scope of a primary waterfowl experience. “Guests learn where each species comes from, what habitat it prefers and why it’s so important to our world,” Lubbock says.

A great destination for a family day trip or school field trip, Sylvan Heights invites visitors to learn and engage through the Sylvan Heights Scavenger Hunt, Wetland Safari Challenge, Endangered Species Passport, as well as regularly scheduled keeper talks on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Children can even pick up a bag of pellets or a seed stick and feed the birds themselves.

Plan your trip around one of the park’s many events. From educational classes to specialty food events and holiday celebrations, there’s always something special happening at Sylvan Heights Bird Park.

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Good Spirits

When Army veteran Bruce Tyler left active duty, he wanted to go into business doing something he loved. So he texted his long-time friend Michael Hinderliter and asked if he wanted to start a distillery.

“When we first saw the Weldon site we knew it was special,” says Tyler. “I love old buildings, and the historic mill dates back to 1830. The river is just gorgeous right here with the rocks, and there’s the park for the kids and plenty of space for dogs.”

With new North Carolina laws in favor of craft distilleries, Tyler knew the timing was right. So in 2019, he purchased the old mill property and began renovations. Since then, the distillery has made everything from hand sanitizer during COVID to today’s award-winning spirits. Patrons may sip, sample and purchase bourbon, whiskey, vodka, gin, tequila and rum — that also come in variety of flavors.

Weldon Mills Distillery was named back-to-back

Sip small-batch libations at Weldon Mills Distillery.

Distillery of the Year by the internationally renowned San Diego Wine & Spirits Challenge. Tyler is especially proud of their bourbon, made in small batches from the fresh water of the Roanoke River.

“Yes, you can make bourbon in North Carolina,” he says. “In fact, North Carolina was making bourbon before Kentucky even became a state. We’re proud to continue this heritage today.”

Tyler says by definition, bourbon must be made in the United States with a grain mash of 51% corn, have a certain alcohol content and be aged in charred-oak barrels.

Tours of the distillery are offered throughout the day, and the grounds are even open to overnight RV campers through the Harvest Hosts, a hospitality network of farms, wineries, distilleries and breweries. Future plans at Weldon Mill Distillery include a seasonal bar and grill and a boardwalk on the riverfront.

100 Rockfish Dr, Weldon, NC 252-220-4235 weldonmills.com

“I flew all the way in from Oklahoma just for the BBQ and it was terrific!”
B.J. Wilmet, GrandPa’s Kitchen Customer

Dine with the Locals

At these Halifax County staples, the atmosphere is welcoming and the food is finger-lickin’ good.

Ask anybody who lives or works in Halifax County where they like to eat, and you’ll get an enthusiastic answer — not to mention a specific menu recommendation. Read on for a few can’t-miss local favorites.

Take a trip back to a simpler time at Oscar’s Restaurant on the west side of Roanoke Rapids. Established in 1953, Oscar’s authentic décor and classic American fare will make you feel right at home. Save room for dessert — Oscar’s cakes are beautiful and delicious, made the good, old-fashioned way. Absolutely “Instagram-worthy,” if you can remember to snap a pic before digging in!

Second Street Lunch in Roanoke Rapids is known for its old-school diner experience. Opened in 1949 and run by the Haislip family, Second Street specializes in American breakfast and lunch staples — sandwiches, burgers, hotdogs, soups and salads. Try a burger made in the classic North Carolina style, topped with chili and coleslaw.

Oscar’s Restaurant

123 W 10th St

Roanoke Rapids, NC

No trip to Halifax County would be complete without a plate of authentic eastern North Carolina-style barbecue. Prepare your tastebuds for chopped or pulled smoked pork garnished with a tangy vinegar-based sauce. With sides like hush puppies, coleslaw, collard greens and Brunswick stew, you’ve got the quintessential North Carolina dish.

In Littleton, the family-owned and operated GrandPa’s Kitchen, established in 1997 by Jeffery and Jonnell Mills, has become a tourist destination famous for their pork, chicken and turkey barbecue.

If you’re looking for some of the best authentic eastern North Carolina-style ‘cue, look no further than Ralph’s Barbeque. From their home in Weldon, Ralph’s Barbecue has been “smoking the pig” the right way since 1941. Originally founded by Ralph Woodruff, the restaurant is still in the family and is currently run by Ralph’s granddaughter, Kim, and her son, Gavin.

If Sylvan Heights Bird Park in Scotland Neck is on your agenda, don’t miss a chance to try the fried chicken at Abrams BBQ & Seafood. For good reason, Abram’s is known for their cheese biscuits, but if you love ham biscuits, order a plate for the table.


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Second Street Lunch

22 E 2nd St

Roanoke Rapids, NC 804-339-0424

GrandPa’s Kitchen

149 E South Main St

Littleton, NC



Ralph’s Barbeque

1400 Julian R Allsbrook Hwy

Weldon, NC



Abrams BBQ & Seafood

615 Main St, Scotland Neck, NC

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In a Nutshell

From country-style peanuts to raw shelled peanuts, this family-owned and operated milling company sells Virginia-style peanuts to customers around the country.

Just a few miles off I-95 in Enfield, Aunt Ruby’s has become a destination for travelers up and down the East Coast. Internationally renowned writer and North Carolinian David Sedaris is known to eat an entire tin in one sitting, describing them as “crunchier” and “peanuttier” than any other peanuts.

While Aunt Ruby’s ships around the world, there’s nothing quite like tasting them freshly shelled from the shop — whether chocolate covered, honey roasted, salted, Cajun or plain. Pick up a fresh snack and grab a pre-packaged gift while chatting with the long-time employees and family members.

“We visit with everyone who comes in the shop, and folks really enjoy our samples,” says owner Bob Allsbrook, who renamed the company after his mother Ruby. His family’s business was originally founded in 1945 as A&B Milling Company, but Allsbrook switched from feed and seed to peanuts in the 1980s.

Thanks to Allsbrook — and his mother, of course — Aunt Ruby’s is one of the most recognizable brands in the state today.

Aunt Ruby’s 200 Halifax St, Enfield, NC




Exceptional Taste

Join the locals at the well-appointed The Hen and The Hog.

After traveling all over the world through her global design career for Marriott, Patterson Wilson realized there’s no place like home. In 2015, she returned to Halifax where she bought a few old buildings that caught her eye.

“Halifax is really unique — I can’t think of a place with better preserved architecture from the 1700s into the early 1900s,” says Wilson.

One of her business ventures is The Hen and The Hog, a farm-to-table restaurant with upscale Southern fare. The name is a nod to neighborhood British pubs with a Carolina twist, and

the décor pays homage to the town’s pivotal role in American history.

“I wanted to create a community gathering place for nearby neighbors, people doing business in our county seat or those traveling,” she says.

Wilson recommends whether coming in for lunch or dinner, everyone start with the pimento cheese fritters, served with pickled okra and pepper jelly. Popular main courses include the shrimp and grits with andouille sausage or the filet mignon with a side of mac and cheese or collards. 16 King Street, Halifax, NC 252-583-1017 thehenthehog.com


Little Town, Big Appetite

Known for its elegant ambience, creative cuisine and inventive cocktail menu, Littleton’s Blue Jay Bistro attracts diners seeking a truly memorable experience.

Local philanthropist Ed Fitts has poured his heart and soul into his hometown, working with his wife Deb to revitalize Littleton and open a fine dining restaurant. Today their lovely bistro is winning over the Lake Gaston community and making headlines in Forbes, Southern Living and Garden & Gun.

Blue Jay Bistro is managed by the talented Ashleigh Fleming, the former chef at UNC Chapel Hill’s Carolina Club, who draws on her Texas roots to reimagine classic Southern dishes served with local ingredients.

Start with a hand-crafted cocktail and something for the table — the Oysters Clara come with braised collard green béchamel, bacon and hot sauce. Entrees include halibut, bone-in pork chop and short rib, along with seasonal specialties. Be sure to request the wine list. The Fitts’ owned a winery in Napa Valley before returning to North Carolina.

A lively Main Street gathering spot, Blue Jay Bistro is open Wednesday through Sunday. Check out Daphne’s Coffee Shop next door.

141 E. South Main Street, Littleton, NC 252-586-2399


A Dog’s Journey

Bring along your furry friends on your next trip trip to Halifax County.

Anyone who’s been to Halifax County knows it’s a place that loves and welcomes dogs. With beautiful outdoor spaces and pet-friendly venues, there’s plenty of fun for your four-legged besties — and humans, too!

Dog Run

Dogs can stretch their legs at the Halifax County Visitor Center Dog Run (top), just off I-95 at Exit 173 in Roanoke Rapids. Dogs may frolic off leash, and runs separate large and small breeds. The Visitor Center also provides fresh water, cleanup stations, picnic areas and dog treats by request. visithalifax.com

Roanoke Canal Trail

Walk along a centuries-old canal and soak in the scenery. With several access points, the 7-mile trail begins at Rapids Lake Day Use Park, runs east beside the Roanoke Canal Museum and ends at River Falls Park in Weldon. roanokecanal.com

Medoc Mountain State Park

Set off on one of Medoc Mountain State Park’s many hiking trails, meandering along and across Fishing Creek and through lush forests. Campsites are also available for overnight stays. visithalifax.com/medoc

Where to Stay

Well-known hotel brands like Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton Inn and Holiday Inn Express are all pet-friendly. Near Sylvan Heights Bird Park, Scotland Neck Inn allows pets by request. On Airbnb and Vrbo, you’ll find pet-friendly cabins and lakefront homes. Located in the heart of downtown Halifax, the charming Halifax Cottage is run by local resident Patterson Wilson, who’s a dog owner herself. Check out bringfido. com for more tips on dog-friendly travel.

Where to Eat

Bring your dog along to the welcoming patio and green spaces at Weldon Mills Distillery, adjacent to River Falls Park. The covered patio at Sunshine Grill is also welcoming, where the friendly owners are known to give your dog a treat. On your way out of town, grab a coffee and a pup cup at the Roanoke Rapids Starbucks.

Pet Services

In the event your pet needs medical care on your next trip, several local veterinarians can help. Call ahead to ask whether grooming or overnight boarding are also available.

Lake Country Animal Hospital



Creekside Animal Hospital



Roanoke Animal Hospital



Above, right and opposite: Riverside Mill; Below: Red Wagon Find other unique shopping locations.


To transform your Riverside Mill shopping spree into a day of outdoor exploration, borrow a bike at no charge from the on-site Roanoke

Canal Trail Bike Barn. Just bring your own helmet, sign a waiver and return your bike by the end of the day.

Shop Along the River

Calling all antiquaries and bargain hunters! Weldon shops have everything to revitalize your home, wardrobe and spirit.

Riverside Mill has all the charm of a historic cotton mill: heart-pine flooring, huge windows that catch the sunlight, massive posts and beams, and close proximity to a river that once powered its production.

Today, the 20,000-square-foot space is also a shopper’s paradise. With space for more than 100 antique dealers, the mill is filled to the brim with collectibles, antique furniture, vintage clothing, artisan craftwork and outlet-style, name-brand designer décor and apparel. There’s even a home improvement outlet offering everything you need to keep your home stylish and spiffy — think power tools, gardening equipment, hardware, window blinds and shutters, all at prices that can’t be beat.

Another reason to plan a trip to Riverside Mill: Wolftrap Farms offers a variety of must-

have items to stock your pantry, from specialty sauces, pickles, jams and jellies, and salsa, to chocolate-covered caramel peanut clusters. Through their partnership with Magnolia House Honey, Riverside Mill is also one of the premier distributors of local honey.

If you’re shopping for a unique gift or accent piece, don’t miss the Riverside Mill Craft Gallery. Browse a curated selection of handcrafted jewelry, local pottery, whimsical metal sculpture and other artisanal craftwork to find a one-of-a-kind conversation-starter.

Red Wagon

Just a half mile south of Riverside Mill, Red Wagon is another antiquary’s paradise. With more than 100 vendors selling vintage finds, collectibles and home goods, shoppers can’t imagine the treasures in store.



Halifax County’s Arts Council serves as the anchor of the Halifax County arts and crafts community. Check out the event calendar to find their next event featuring works from local craftsmen and artists.

Monthly “Sip and See” events are a fabulous opportunity to enjoy a glass of wine with a featured local artist and view a selection of their latest works. halifaxarts.org


There’s not a bad seat in the house at the 300-seat indoor theater that hosts live performances, movie screenings, concerts and special events.

Lakeland Entertainment

When it comes to entertainment, Littleton’s Lakeland Cultural Arts Center sets the stage for internationally renowned plays and concerts.

Arriving at Littleton’s Lakeland Cultural Arts Center, the first thing visitors notice is that it doesn’t look like your typical performing arts center. Housed on the original Littleton High School Campus, the newly renovated center has become a state-of-the-art complex. Inside, high, cathedral-like ceilings set the stage for beautiful furnishings and art.

Maybe you’re here to see the community Christmas pageant at the newly renovated indoor theater. Or during the warmer months, you may want to catch a jazz or folk music show at the beautiful outdoor Ed Fitts Amphitheater. Either way, you’re in for an unforgettable cultural experience.

The jewel of Halifax County’s arts and culture scene, Lakeland Cultural Arts Center is supported by staff and volunteers from Littleton and the surrounding community. Since it was established in 1978 by Mark E. Taylor and a group of investors, the Cultural Arts Center’s mission has focused on building and sustaining the local arts community in

all its forms — theater, comedy, visual arts and music.

The Cultural Arts Center has recently enjoyed remarkable revitalization efforts, spearheaded by Deb and Ed Fitts of the Ed Fitts Charitable Foundation, which reached an agreement to purchase the building and grounds with plans to renovate the entire property. Lakeland was also able to hire acclaimed Artistic Director John DuVall, an award-winning, nationally recognized actor, director, champion of the arts and “a firm believer that art can change the world.”

The annual Levitt AMP Littleton Music Series, held at the freshly renewed outdoor Ed Fitts Amphitheater at the Lakeland Cultural Arts Center, is a key component of Littleton’s revitalization efforts to support local businesses and community engagement. The series features North Carolina-based and national touring acts to give visitors a taste of the best in jazz, bluegrass, Latin, folk, country and rock music North Carolina has to offer.


Opposite page: Lakeland Cultural Arts Center Lobby; Above: Ed Fitts Amphitheater
Toad Hall Pavilion at Sylvan Heights Bird Park


Larger groups often flock to Toad Hall Pavilion at Sylvan Heights, which accommodates more than 200. Guests enjoy the “sound of birds all around” from the aviary, says Karen Parker, events coordinator. “It is a spectacular spot in nature that becomes magical by night.”


Equipped with bathrooms and a small kitchenette, this venue is perfect for family reunions, wedding receptions and birthday parties. The nearby Country Church Museum is available for wedding ceremonies.


For maximum capacity, the Dr. Ervin V. Griffin, Sr. Centre at Halifax Community College can accommodate up to 850 people, standing or dancing. Kirkwood Adams Community Center in Roanoke Rapids can accommodate up to 700 guests.


For groups planning reunions here, the Halifax County Convention and Visitors Bureau offers assistance with hotel arrangements, including group discounts. They can help with trip planning and tailored itineraries, as well as resources for meals and catering, T-shirts, banners, photographers, and tent and chair rentals, if needed.

Gather Together

A multitude of Halifax County venues makes it easy to plan every type of occasion.

It’s not often that a group can hang out in a space dating back to the 1790s — but that’s the experience when you plan an event at the Historic Halifax Tap Room. In the downstairs room decorated with colonial period reproductions, up to 25 people can enjoy equal parts camaraderie and history.

Similarly, the late-19th century Bellamy Manor in Enfield built shortly after the Civil War, provides an idyllic setting for weddings, family gatherings and other special occasions. “It’s unique and personal,” describes owner Wayne Anderson, who says clients have even rented the home and hung their own family paintings and portraits on the walls.

Throughout Halifax County, places like these allow their guests to pick their own caterer or bring their own family favorite potluck dishes — or signature cocktails at wedding receptions. Here, it’s all about customization and comfort, two qualities that, combined with a convenient location off I-95, make Halifax County the perfect place to gather. visithalifax.com/groups

Clockwise from top: Roanoke Rapids Lake Park; Weldon Mills Distillery; Historic Halifax Tap Room

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New Yorker Motel 2400 Hwy. 301 Weldon, NC 27890

Red Roof Inn Roanoke Rapids 1911 Julian R. Allsbrook Hwy Roanoke Rapids, NC 27870 redroof.com

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The Halifax County Economic Development Commission leads the charge in nurturing economic opportunities in Halifax County. With a dedicated mission to attract new businesses and support the expansion of our existing companies, we are the driving force behind the economic vitality of our region.

Located at a prime spot along the Interstate 95 corridor, Halifax County is one of the most strategic locations in the Eastern U.S. Perfectly equidistant between New York and Florida, our county is not just a hub for businesses but also a growing destination for travelers, making it a world-class

location for industrial and commercial business activity in northeastern North Carolina.

Diversity is Halifax County’s cornerstone. Our diverse industrial sector includes WestRock, Reser’s Fine Foods, Airboss Rubber Compounding, Roseburg Forest Products, Weldon Steel and others. They prosper in our environment that champions growth and innovation.

In Halifax County, you are joining a community of thriving enterprises. A place where your business can grow, where opportunities are as vast as the horizon, and where you are truly in good company.

HalifaxDevelopment.com | hdc@halifaxdevelopment.com

Halifax County’s Destination Marketing Organization

Our team at Visit Halifax is delighted to extend a warm welcome to you. Our community has always been a place of hidden gems and untold stories, and in the pages of this magazine, we hope you have found a treasure trove of experiences waiting to be discovered. We encourage you to take the road less traveled and discover our diverse and distinctive communities. From Hobgood to Littleton and Roanoke Rapids to Enfield, you will be glad you took the extra

time and found something unique to explore!

We are committed to enhancing the visitor experience, promoting sustainable tourism and showcasing the diversity of our region. We are grateful to our partners for their support and partnership in making Halifax County an exceptional destination.

Thank you for choosing Halifax County, and we look forward to welcoming you with open arms. Here’s to unforgettable moments and the joy of exploration!

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