Plantation Valley Halifax and Murfreesboro

Halifax, North Carolina

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Colonists who found the valley’s fertile bottomlands ideal for large-scale farming settled the Roanoke River Valley of northeastern North Carolina in the early 1700s. By the late eighteenth century, the growth of that plantation system had created a society of merchants, craftsmen, wealthy planters, small farmers, freedmen, and slaves. On this day trip, you’ll visit Historic Halifax, a North Carolina historic site that bills itself as the “birthplace of independence.” From Halifax, the highway wends its way east through a couple of small towns worth craning your neck for, if not stopping to stretch your legs. The first is Weldon, where the Wilmington to Weldon Railroad terminated (the rail line, the longest in the world at the time, was the lifeline of the Confederacy). The other is Jackson, where the courthouse, built in 1858, is one of the state’s few surviving examples of a Greek Revival public building. The trip terminates in Murfreesboro, a small town with an interesting history and accommodations in this otherwise desolate part of the state.

Plantation Valley: Halifax and Murfreesboro Professional Review and Guide

"Colonists who found the valley’s fertile bottomlands ideal for large-scale farming settled the Roanoke River Valley of northeastern North Carolina in the early 1700s. By the late eighteenth century, the growth of that plantation system had created a society of merchants, craftsmen, wealthy planters, small farmers, freedmen, and slaves. On this day trip, you’ll visit Historic Halifax, a North Carolina historic site that bills itself as the “birthplace of independence.”

From Halifax, the highway wends its way east through a couple of small towns worth craning your neck for, if not stopping to stretch your legs. The first is Weldon, where the Wilmington to Weldon Railroad terminated (the rail line, the longest in the world at the time, was the lifeline of the Confederacy). The other is Jackson, where the courthouse, built in 1858, is one of the state’s few surviving examples of a Greek Revival public building. The trip terminates in Murfreesboro, a small town with an interesting history and accommodations in this otherwise desolate part of the state."

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Halifax
Duration: One day to several days
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: All contact information for attractions, dining, and lodging are provided in the eTrail.
Driving Directions: Directions to Plantation Valley: Halifax and Murfreesboro

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