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Prelude to Liberty

Event Description

On Friday, April 13th, the fun continues with Prelude to Liberty, which focuses on the impact of the Halifax Resolves as the town of Halifax and surrounding area prepare for revolution! Friday’s activities will feature ongoing living history demonstrations, and self-guided tours of historic buildings.

On Saturday, April 14th, the day begins with a parade down King St., the Halifax District Minutemen Batallion will lead the way as Continental troupes escort newly captured prisoners and refugees from the February 27, 1776 Battle of Moore’s Creek Bridge in southeastern North Carolina. The patriot victory at Moore’s Creek was one of the catalysts that fanned the flames of revolution in North Carolina and led to the adoption of the Halifax Resolves. The day continues with ongoing living history demonstrations in the camps, as well as historical vignettes featuring portrayals of the townsfolk of Halifax at the dawn of the revolution. Periodically, visitors will also witness military drill and 18th century weapons firing demonstrations. In town along King Street, visitors will be able to enjoy the Morattico Artisan Fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with local artists, crafters, potters as well as homemade baked goods, music performances, food and more! Join the Friends of Historic Halifax in the William R. Davie House for a reception from 3 to 4 p.m. as they recruit new members! The day will end with a final historical vignette, which focuses on the 1776 dismissal of the Halifax Minutemen regiment, which led to increased recruiting efforts for Continental Line regiments as the entire colony prepared for the impending war for independence!