While the Halifax Resolves Chapter of the North Carolina Society of the Sons of the American Revolution finalizes its plans for its Resolves Day wreath-laying ceremony on April 12, the historic site has set its plans for the Road to Yorktown event on April 15.
The ceremony will be held at the site of the Colonial Courthouse in Historic Halifax at 10:30 a.m..
The ceremony is open to the public. Patriotic and fraternal organizations as well as government officials are invited to attend and present wreaths honoring the delegates of the Fourth Provincial Congress who adopted the Halifax Resolves on April 12, 1776.
This year’s ceremony not only recognizes the 247th Anniversary of the adoption of the Halifax Resolves, it also marks the 20th anniversary of the chapter’s charter ceremony on April 12, 2003 in Halifax.
The guest speaker will be National Society Sons of the American Revolution President-General C. Bruce Pickette.
NSSAR Color Guard Commander and Historian General Lieutenant Colonel T. Brooks Lyles will command a combined SAR Color Guard to present the colors.
The RSVP must be in hand no later than noon on Thursday, April 6 to be included in the program and also to be recognized at the ceremony.
Road to Yorktown
On April 15 the historic site will present the Road to Yorktown from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
In the spring of 1781, British soldiers on horseback led by Lieutenant Colonel Banister Tarleton, met Halifax District Militia at the Quankey Creek bridge in an engagement that led to the local militia being pushed across the Roanoke River into Northampton County.
Tarleton’s troops were scouting ahead of the much larger British Army of General Lord Cornwallis.
With the militia pushed out of Halifax, the British occupied the town for nearly a week.
The occupying troops plundered homes and businesses to restock their supplies.
They crossed the Roanoke and continued their march into Virginia.
During the Road to Yorktown event visitors will be able to tour historic buildings with costumed interpreters, and watch living history demonstrations.
Visitors can learn about the lives of the soldiers and civilians in Halifax almost 250 years ago. Historic weapons demonstrations will take place throughout the day and a special Battle of Halifax presentation will take place at 1 p.m.
For more information call Historic Halifax at 252-583-7191.