— by Craig Hahn
Discover History Worth Repeating is up and running in Edenton, Halifax and Warrenton. This program is a unique collaboration of three historic North Carolina towns coming together in a joint effort to market and promote themselves as connected tourist destinations. Involving elected officials and staff, the common thread among the three towns is a strong core of history and historic sites that are significant not only to the state but to the entire nation.
On occasion, it is important to repeat significant events of the past and each town has examples to “Discover History Worth Repeating”. Edenton with its Tea Party was home to a political protest organized by women in response to the Tea Act, passed by the British Parliament in 1773. Halifax with its Resolves was the site of the first official action by an American Colony calling for independence from Great Britain. Warrenton, home of the “first” architect of North Carolina, Jacob Holt, blended architectural styles while sending his workforce of sixty craftsmen to build colleges in Raleigh, Oxford and Randolph County.
The passport tour leads visitors through the participating towns and the passports are stamped at each historic, merchant, or artisan location. Hands-on activities in each town are tailored for kids of all ages: re-signing the resolves in Halifax, building architectural elements in Warrenton and cruising the bay where the Tea Party occurred in Edenton. Passport holders share their experiences online and register for giveaways and prizes.
For more information or to print a passport visit www.historyworthrepeating.org. Preprinted passports are available at any of the following locations:
Jacob Holt House – 122 S. Bragg Street
Quilt Lizzy – 115 E. Market Street
Town Hall – 133 S. Main Street
Hardware Café – 106 S. Main Street
Robinson Ferry Restaurant – 111 N. Bragg Street
The Scarlet Rooster – 117 N. Main Street
Friends Two – 126 S. Main Street
There are plenty of activities to do around Warrenton as part of “Discover History Worth Repeating”…
– Scavenge for relics at the Jacob Holt House.
– Build an architectural model with an artisan’s guidance at the Jacob Holt House.
– Design and make a quilt square using Underground Railroad symbols at Quilt Lizzy.
– Wander through Warrenton at your own pace and see North Carolina’s most extensive inventory of antebellum architecture in one place…start at Town Hall or the Jacob Holt House.
The website is www.historyworthrepeating.org. Great work from a number of dedicated people throughout Warrenton and Warren County!
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