Unique Places to Explore in Halifax County
Every destination offers something unique, and Halifax County is no exception. It is known as the Rockfish Capital of the World, but the small, friendly towns within its borders offer a variety of other attractions – there is something for everyone. It’s especially satisfying when you find a hidden gem. Off-the-beaten-path places offer great experiences and special memories. Here are some of our favorite unique attractions in Halifax County.
Bellamy Manor in Enfield offers a peaceful getaway in a picturesque setting. This historic manor house, built in 1873, offers four guest rooms, each decorated in its own style with a private bathroom. Inside the manor, guests can enjoy a library, drawing room, and grand piano. Guests have access to the extensive grounds, and there are opportunities to fish and hunt nearby. Despite the secluded location, Bellamy Manor is conveniently located to all Halifax County has to offer.
Bellamy Manor & Gardens NC B&B
Weldon Mills Distillery
If the spirits move you, head to this Weldon distillery located in a 19th century corn mill on the Roanoke River in Weldon. Weldon Mills produces a variety of bourbons, gins, vodkas, and whiskeys, along with the bestselling Weldon Orchards Caramel Green Apple spirit. Enjoy a distillery tour, which gives you a chance to see how bourbon is made and sample the goods – plus you get a souvenir shot glass. The spacious outdoor patio is a great place to enjoy your libations, and the distillery hosts live music most weekends. Be sure to buy a bottle (or several) to take home with you.
When it comes to eating out, you can find an upscale atmosphere that isn’t stuffy. O Aetos in Roanoke Rapids offers a relaxed environment along with fine Mediterranean and Continental cuisine and exceptional service. Two of the three owners are Greek, so the menu emphasizes Greek classics such as pastitsio, moussaka, and baklava. Enjoy cocktails? Try the house-made liqueurs and bar syrups. If you’re more into Sunday brunch, O Aetos offers a menu full of southern classics.
Riverside Mill in Weldon has a little bit of almost everything: women’s clothing and accessories, antiques, rugs, furnishings, Christmas decorations, and local crafts. This former cotton mill is the perfect place to indulge in retail therapy. Check out the outlet shops and craft gallery for unique items, then browse the half-acre antique mall for vintage collectibles.
Daphne’s Coffee Shop
Small town coffee shops have their own local flavor, and we don’t mean just the coffee. Daphne’s Coffee Shop in Littleton offers a full coffee menu, as well as tea and other beverages. You can satisfy your sweet tooth, too, with some baked goods. But the best thing about Daphne’s is the sense of community and the art gracing the walls, courtesy of the coffee shop’s namesake, Daphne Fitts. This beloved Littleton matriarch passed away in 1999, but her legacy and love for Littleton live on.
If you’re interested in taking a yoga class or learning a new craft, Halifax Studios can accommodate you. This multi-purpose space in Halifax hosts a variety of events and classes throughout the year with artists, creators, educators, historians, and other experts. Classes include, but are not limited to, pottery, stained glass, painting, candle making, and more. You can even book one-on-one sessions. Additionally, the Halifax Studios space is available to rent for private events for up to 150 people.
Sylvan Heights Bird Park
This Scotland Neck attraction boasts the largest population of rare and endangered waterfowl in the world. Experience the beauty and diversity of more than 2,500 bird species from nearly every continent. You can even feed the flamingos and parakeets in the Landing Zone exhibit, which is part of the North Carolina Zoo. Tours of the park are self-guided, and special events and educational programs are offered throughout the year.
The Art of Napolean Hill Tour
If you’re road tripping through Halifax County, it’s worth checking out the murals of local artist Napolean Hill. This driving tour spans 67 miles and includes 10 sites in Littleton, Roanoke Rapids, Weldon, Halifax, Enfield, Scotland Neck, and Hobgood, so it’s a good way to familiarize yourself with the area. These murals honor the area’s rich history and culture that date back to colonial times. Hill’s scenes depict farms, landscapes, cotton fields, revolutionary history, and the people of Halifax County.
Cryptozoology & Paranormal Museum
If you enjoy the paranormal, Bigfoot lore, and other strange phenomena, the Cryptology & Paranormal Museum in Littleton should be on your itinerary. The museum’s mission is to study and display artifacts and lore related to Bigfoot, ghosts, UFOs, and other myths and legends. The museum hosts 2-hour walking tours and ghost hunts in the historic district, which allow guests to explore sites with haunted histories or hunt for Bigfoot in Medoc Mountain State Park. The museum also offers activities for kids.