Archaeological testing of the Roanoke Canal Aqueduct was conducted in 1985. The North Carolina State Historic Preservation Office statewide inventory contains information on some 250 prehistoric and historic archaeological sites in Halifax County.
A county architectural survey was completed in 1987, and a survey of all municipalities in 1992. Surveys are cooperative local-state projects accomplished with grants and staff assistance from the Historic Preservation Office.
State grants totaling $195,500 assisted the restoration of the Roanoke Canal and Roanoke Rapids High School, aided completion of a county architectural survey and survey publication, and supported a preservation project in the Tillery community. Federal grants of $17,900 have assisted surveys or National Register work in all the county's municipalities.
NATIONAL REGISTER OF HISTORIC PLACES
Thirty National Register listings include many important Roanoke Valley plantation houses, the Weldon Historic District, and several churches. The Halifax Historic District was the state's first National Register listing in 1970, and the Church of the Immaculate Conception and Ferrall Cemetery in Halifax was the 2,000th in 1997. The Roanoke Rapids Historic District is the state's largest district in the number of resources included - more than 1,100 contributing properties.
LOCAL PRESERVATION COMMISSIONS
The Historic Preservation Office has assisted the town of Weldon in its establishment and administration of the local Weldon Historic District overseen by the Weldon Historic Preservation Commission.
PRESERVATION TAX CREDITS
Four income-producing tax credit projects have been completed in Halifax County at a total construction investment of $434,500, including the former U.S. Post Office in Roanoke Rapids. One residence is currently undergoing renovation to utilize the new state tax credit for non-income-producing structures. The Historic Preservation Office reviews and provides restoration technical services for all preservation tax credit projects.
PUBLIC EDUCATION AND PUBLICATIONS
In 1999, work commenced on preparation of a publication of the county's architectural surveys with assistance of a state grant and Historic Preservation Office staff assistance.
The Historic Preservation Office has provided technical restoration assistance to numerous properties including the Roanoke Canal and Lock House, the Hermitage, Roanoke Rapids High School, Shell Castle, the Price House, the H. B. Harrell House, the William R. Davie House, and various structures at the Halifax State Historic Site.