Halifax County, North Carolina: Visiting Historic Halifax

Roanoke River Maritime Underground Railroad Trail. Photo: Nadia K. Orton, July 11, 2020. All rights reserved.

“Escape! The Roanoke River, Halifax, and the Maritime Underground Railroad – ‘…the thought of being again made a slave, and of suffering the horrible punishment of a runaway, restrained me. I lay in the woods all that day without food. The next evening, I soon found a large pile of excellent apples, from which I supplied myself. The next evening I reached Halifax Court House, and I then knew that I was near Virginia. On the 7th of October, I came to the Roanoke, and crossed it in the midst of a violent storm of rain and thunder. The current ran so furiously that I was carried down with it, and with great difficulty, and in a state of complete exhaustion, reached the opposite shore.'” (from the Narrative of James Williams, A Slave, ca. 1838, historical wayside.)


Photo: Nadia K. Orton, July 11, 2020. All rights reserved.

Runaway ads. Photo: Nadia K. Orton, July 11, 2020. All rights reserved.

Maritime Underground Railroad trail. Halifax, North Carolina. Photo: Nadia K. Orton, July 11, 2020. All rights reserved.

Montford Archaeological Museum. Photo: Nadia K. Orton, July 11, 2020. All rights reserved.

The Eagle Tavern, ca. 1790s. Photo: Nadia K. Orton, July 11, 2020. All rights reserved.

The “Tap Room,” aka “Pope’s Hotel” etc., ca. 1760. Auctions of enslaved African Americans were once held here. Photo: Nadia K. Orton, July 11, 2020. All rights reserved.

Photo: Nadia K. Orton, July 11, 2020. All rights reserved.

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