HALIFAX – Visitation has been on the rise at Historic Halifax State Historic Site and since August has steadily climbed. Each month has seen an increase over the corresponding month the previous year. August saw a 74 percent increase, September an 8.4 percent increase, October a 29 percent increase and November a 10 percent increase.
Such increases are part of a year-long trend at Historic Halifax and other State Historic Sites and museums. The site’s Dec. 8 Christmas program should help end the year with good visitation.
“We are a unique site in that we offer a number of original structures from 1760, 1790, and the early 1800s,” observes Site Manager Monica Moody. “We share a lot of history explaining North Carolina’s leadership role in freedom for the colony and the nation. The Halifax Resolves that happened right here was the first action taken by a colony to recommend independence from England.”
Success has been largely due to the marketing efforts of area tourism agencies. “The Historic Halifax Tourism Board does a great job for us by providing billboard advertising and also in magazines and on their website. We are also on the Albemarle Tour, and the tourism board paid that membership for us,” Moody says.
Across the region the tourism attractions work together for the common good, which is also the approach at other State Historic Sites in the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources. In Halifax County, the Roanoke Canal System, Sylvan Heights Waterfowl Park, Riverside Mill and Medoc Mountain State Park reciprocally refer visitors to all the venues.
Since becoming a State Historic Site in 1965, Historic Halifax has shared the tale of the struggle of North Carolina to win independence from England, and the growth of Halifax as an early political and commercial center. Annual events are Halifax Day in April and Christmas in Halifax in December.
North Carolina is known far and wide for its authentic cultural experiences, and historic sites and museums are great destinations for those important cultural and heritage travelers, who stay longer and spend more money in local economies.
“Visitors are discovering that our state supported historic sites and museums offer great family fun,” says Cultural Resources Secretary Linda Carlisle, who noted that state historic sites overall are seeing an increase in visitation this fall.
To learn more about the special events occurring every day at state cultural and historic attractions, visit www.ncculture.com.