Stretching from Warrenton through Halifax to Edenton, the History Worth Repeating trail shows off some of the most important sites in North Carolina’s history; sites and events that contributed to the country’s forming and founding. While North Carolina is a pioneering state today it also began as a pioneering state, setting an example for the nation as a whole in education, politics and the economy.
In Warrenton during the early and mid-1800s, education was valued so much that schools for women were created that educated women as equally as men. Both were taught the classics and so Warrenton became a center for progressive education which included the Warrenton Female Academy. Visit the academy and also the Jacob Holt House at 122 S. Bragg Street to find out more. Plus learn and experience progressive architecture and building techniques that were used during that period.
Pioneers in political liberty, eighty three delegates at the Fourth Provincial Congress unanimously adopted the Halifax Resolves, which directed North Carolina representatives to vote for independence from Britain. These Resolves were important nationally because they occurred on April 12, 1776, prior to the Declaration of Independence and were the first official action by any American colony calling for independence. You can re-enact the Resolves by resigning an actual replica and taking home a memento of the document at 25 St. David Street in Halifax.
Following the bold steps in Boston, women in Edenton led by Penelope Barker in 1774 declared their intention to boycott English tea and English cloth, a momentous step for colonists, who relied heavily on British supplies. The women signed and mailed their protest document to England, a demonstration of early and influential economic activism. Their actions have become known as the Edenton Tea Party. Come and experience a guided walking tour or trolley tour of the harbor and other historic sites in the first colonial capital of North Carolina at 108 N. Broad Street.