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Let freedom ring! Resolves festivities underway

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Children use quills to sign their names and doodle this morning. Children use quills to sign their names and doodle this morning.

Today began the first of a weekend of festivities honoring the 242nd anniversary of the Halifax Resolves in Historic Halifax.

Fourth-graders from area schools toured the site and learned about fifers, blacksmiths, free men and women and watched the annual Sons of the American Revolution wreath-laying ceremony among other activities.

Events still to come are as follows:



Prelude to Liberty programming will focus on the impact of the Halifax Resolves as the town and surrounding areas prepare for revolution! Ongoing living history demonstrations and self -guided tours of buildings will be available.


Prelude to Liberty, starts the day with a parade of the Halifax District Minutemen Battalion down King Street.

Continental troops will escort newly captured prisoners and refugees from the Feb. 22, 1776, Battle of Moore’s Creek Bridge in southeastern North Carolina.

That patriot victory fanned the flames of independence in North Carolina and led to adoption of the Halifax Resolves. Ongoing demonstrations, historical vignettes featuring townspeople and periodic military drills of 18th century weapons will fill the day.

Additionally, the Morattico Artisan Fair will be along King Street featuring local artists, crafters, potters, music performances and homemade baked goods from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The day will end with a vignette focusing on the 1776 dismissal of the Halifax Minutemen Regiment which led to more recruiting for the Continental Line regiments as the colony prepared for the impending war for independence!


Friday times

10 a.m.  Living history demonstrations and self-guided tours through 4 p.m.

1 p.m. Arrival of troops and assembly of military camps through 4 p.m.   

Saturday times

10 a.m. Morattico Artisan Fair along King Street features arts, crafts, food and entertainment through 4 p.m.

10:15 a.m. Military parade along King Street

11:15 a.m. Historical vignette, Halifax jail – arrival of Highland Scots prisoners

11:30 a.m. Arms demonstrations of muskets and artillery, Market Square

Noon Live music at Morattico Artisan Fair through 1:30 p.m.

12:30 p.m. Printing demonstration at clerk’s office

1:45 p.m. Historical vignette – Cornelius Harnett proclaims Halifax Resolves  

2:15 p.m. Military drill demonstration and musket firing

3 p.m. Artillery firing demonstration

3 p.m. Friends of Historic Halifax Reception – William R. Davie House through 4 p.m.

3:30 p.m. Closing vignette – Dismissal of the Halifax Minutemen: Onward to Liberty.   

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