The towns of Edenton, Halifax and Warrenton have joined together to provide you with the ultimate “re-experience” of seminal moments in North Carolina history. Historical events in each of these towns had national significance, impacting not only other states but also the revolution, the declaration of independence and education of women.
In a coordinated tour named “History Worth Repeating”, you can experience these events and places all at once in just two days or individually in day trips. They are all located in the northeastern part of the state. Start in Warrenton and work your way east to Halifax. Or begin in Edenton in the east and establish a base for one-day trips or an overnight stay.
North Carolina was extremely important to the rest of the country during colonial times. Out of the original 13 colonies, North Carolina was the first state to instruct its delegates to vote for independence from Britain during the Continental Congress. You can see why North Carolina instructed its delegation to do so from the events that occurred in Halifax and Edenton.
Halifax In the spring of 1776, North Carolinians, meeting in the fourth of their Provincial Congresses, drafted the Halifax Resolves, a set of resolutions that empowered the state's delegates to the Second Continental Congress to concur in a declaration of independence from Great Britain.
Edenton A landmark in women's history occurred in Edenton in 1774. Fifty-one women in Edenton, led by Penelope Barker, signed a protest petition agreeing to boycott English tea and other products, in what became known, decades later, as the Edenton Tea Party. The Edenton Tea Party is the first known political action by women in the British American colonies. In fact it so shocked London that newspapers published etchings depicting the women as uncontrollable.
Warrenton A small, intensely Southern courthouse town whose townscape and way of life retain much of the character of the place in antebellum years also was instrumental in women’s history. Through its early education of women in the classical studies, as men were educated, it became a model for the state and nation.
Founded in Warren County, the Plummer Hook & Ladder Company is known as the longest continuously serving African American fire company in the state of North Carolina. At the end of the Civil War, John Plummer gathered a group of African-American landowners and businessmen together to provide fire protection for both black and white homes and businesses. Although they had just endured slavery, they offered fire protection to all citizens, even during the Jim Crow and Civil Rights periods. Their efforts demonstrate the utmost reason for repeating history. A museum and tribute to the Plummer Hook & Ladder Company is currently under construction in the Town Hall building renovation project and is expected to open in late 2018.