Digital Resources

Digital Resources Portal

Welcome to the Virtual Historic Halifax! Use this page to access videos related to the site's history. These resources are perfect for educators, students, or anyone wishing to explore Historic Halifax from the comfort of home.

Singing on the Land: Historic Halifax's Story

Located on the Roanoke River, the town of Halifax developed into a commercial and political center at the time of the American Revolution. North Carolina's Fourth Provincial Congress met in Halifax in the spring of 1776. On April 12 that body unanimously adopted a document later called the "Halifax Resolves," which was the first official action by an entire colony recommending independence from England. Magazine Spring, at Historic Halifax, supplied drinking water to ancestors of the Haliwa-Saponi Indian Tribe long before the establishment of the town of Halifax. 

Seeking Liberty in Halifax: Field Trip Video

Historical Interpreter Frank McMahon discusses how the fight for liberty was different for African Americans in Halifax during the Revolutionary War and beyond.

Seeking Liberty in Halifax: Virtual Panel Discussion

This panel discussion explores they ways finding freedom after the Halifax Resolves were written was quite a different experience for African Americans. The video also highlights the exhibit, "Seeking Liberty in Halifax." Speakers: John Rees, author of "They Were Good Soldiers--African Americans in the Continental Army 1775-1783"; Jerome Bias, historian, interpreter, and Foodways Expert; and Frank McMahon, historic interpreter at Historic Halifax State Historic Site. Question and answer period moderated by Dr. Leslie McKesson.

Archaeology of the Colonial Courthouse

The North Carolina Office of State Archaeology has conducted studies in Historic Halifax to learn more about the courthouse that was most likely the location of the signing of the Halifax Resolves in 1776.

Musket Demonstration

Join Historic Halifax's Frank McMahon as he demonstrates how soldiers in the Revolutionary War fired their muskets.

Taken at the Battle of Moore's Creek Bridge

This video is a short discussion on the men who were taken prisoner in the aftermath of The Battle of Moore's Creek Bridge on February 27, 1776.

Ira David Wood: Halifax Day

Do you know the significance of the date at the bottom of the NC flag? That was the day of the Halifax Resolves, a name later given to the resolution adopted by North Carolina on April 12th, 1776. Every year the state celebrates Halifax Day. Here is Ira David Wood speaking at the 242nd Halifax Day in Historic Halifax.

Singing on the Land: featuring Arnold Richardson & Netye Lynch at Historic Halifax

The land Halifax is situated on held significance to the Haliwa-Saponi tribe long before the establishment of the town. Magazine Spring, a sacred place and vital natural resource for the Haliwa-Saponi, is also included in the town’s official state historic site. Arnold Richardson and Netye Lynch perform at Magazine Spring. Watch Arnold Richardson play a hand-carved red cedar American Indian flute alongside Netye Lynch who joins him on a hand drum.

Yuletide in Halifax

A virtual tour of the site's Yuletide decorations.