If you live in an apartment in Roanoke, VA help celebrate the 237th anniversary of the Roanoke Valley’s push for independence from Great Britain. On April 12 celebrate the milestone in historic proportion with Halifax Day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. the site is inviting visitors to enjoy festivities Halifax-style.
There will be interpreters in period costume, tours of historic buildings and demonstrations as well as authentic wood carvers, tin smiths, revolutionary soldiers, cooking, spinning and chair-caning demonstrations.
This event commemorates when the North Carolina Provincial Congress voted to separate from the British crown.
April 12, 1776 is one of the most important dates in the history of the state and nation, when 83 delegates passed the Halifax Resolves — the nation’s first Declaration of Independence — unanimously.
School group tours will be there, however everyone is encouraged to visit and learn about their heritage. Seven of the historic buildings will be open for guided and self-guided tours. There will also be formal presentations at 2 p.m. on archaeology and the Halifax Resolves Awards will also be presented in recognition of excellence in historic preservation and restoration with a reception to follow.
Afternoon tours of the historic site are planned from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. The historic site, 25 David St., preserves the first 85 years of history in the town of Halifax from 1760 to 1840. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 252-583-7191 or visit www.halifax.nchistoricsites.org.
The Daily Herald