This late Georgian home built at the end of the eighteenth century or the beginning of the nineteenth century boasts four Flemish bond chimneys with eight interior fireplaces and mantels. There is also fine interior woodwork throughout the house, six-panel doors with raised panels, wainscoting, formal central hall, original wide heart pine flooring, 9-over-1 windows, all on three acres.
The home was built for the prominent Branch family whom includes a Colonel in the Revolutionary War, NC governor, United States Senator, and presidential cabinet member.
Visited by Marquis de Lafayette in 1825 where it is thought he gave a speech from the second floor balcony.
One of the earliest remaining structures in Halifax county (built between 1780 & 1803) and incredibly well-maintained, surrounded by mature landscaping and trees, and fully furnished.
One hour to Raleigh and less than two hours to Richmond.
"John Branch, Sr. was a wealthy landowner and something of a local celebrity because of his success ferreting out Tories in Halifax County during the revolution" (from the NC Encyclopedia, found here.)
John Branch, Jr. is an important figure in the history of North Carolina and the nation. He served as a U. S. Senator, Secretary of the Navy, the 19th governor of North Carolina, and the sixth and last territorial governor of Florida.
Enfield, originally Huckleberry Swamp, is the oldest town in Halifax County. The area was settled prior to 1725; however, the town was not founded until 1740.
As the North Carolina tobacco market grew, new businesses were established along with the Bank of Enfield, the oldest bank in Halifax County.
Over the years the Enfield Tobacco Market gave way to markets in Rocky Mount and other areas. Peanuts, however, soon became the leading agricultural market in Enfield. The establishment of many buying and cleaning stations for peanuts soon made Enfield the world's largest raw peanut market.
Before the establishment of Halifax County, Enfield was the county seat of Edgecombe County. It was also the site of the district court of Edgecombe, Granville, and North Hampton Counties. Enfield remained the seat of Edgecombe court until 1758, when Halifax County was formed and the town of Halifax was established. Enfield continued as the temporary seat of the Halifax County court until arrangements could be made to provide a court building in Halifax.
The nearby Halifax State Historic Site and surrounding town of Halifax is home to the adoption of the Halifax Resolves, the first official move for independence from England by any colony. In Roanoke Rapids, you can see the history of local transportation via a navigation canal, power generation and industrial history, all of which are celebrated at the Roanoke Canal Museum and Trail. The town of Weldon was once a railroad hub, and a trestle of the Weldon-Wilmington Railroads, the lifeline of the Confederacy, still stands. African American history is honored at the historic Rosenwald School and the Remembering Tillery Project, a resettlement community. Halifax County is also home to Native American history and culture in the heart and soul of the Haliwa-Saponi Tribe.
Halifax County is a paradise for sportsmen and outdoor recreation. Scotland Neck is home to the world's largest waterfowl park, featuring over 1,000 ducks, geese and swans of more than 170 species. Both Roanoke Rapids and Weldon are known as "the rockfish capital of the world", where the banks of the Roanoke River are packed from March to May as striped bass anglers attempt to catch the rockfish as they come upriver to spawn. Agriculture is celebrated in Enfield, home of the annual Peanut Festival and the famous Aunt Ruby's Peanuts, and in Hobgood, home of the annual Cotton Festival. If you love the water, Roanoke Rapids Lake and Lake Gaston both have public access facilities. Nearby Medoc Mountain State Park offers hiking trails, picnic areas, camping, fishing and canoeing.