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The traditional crafts and trades that helped to make Halifax the hub of the Roanoke will be the focus of the Labors of Halifax event on September 21 at Historic Halifax.

The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Visitors can experience traditional crafts being made, talk with the tradesmen and women of the era, and discover how people lived and labored in early Halifax.  

The day’s events will feature hands-on living history demonstrations, many of them will be interactive.  


Visitors will have the chance to learn to play the historical game of cricket, try their hand at surveying or help run the printing press.  

Visitors may also experience a blacksmithing demonstration, see hearth cooking, and learn about woodworking.  

The Labors of Halifax is sponsored by the Friends of Historic Halifax and the Halifax County Convention and Visitors Bureau.  

Exhibits and Demonstrations will include:

Basket weaving, blacksmithing, ironclads on the Roanoke, Medoc Mountain State Park display, Weldon Mills Distillery display, traditional music, spinning, weaving and other textile work, surveying, coopering — barrel-making, printing press, fiddle making, Militia soldier, interactive historical cricket games, 18th century cooking, and beer brewing.